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Mar 12, 2014 09:59 AM

Who goes to "21" these days?

I used to be taken there by grownups when I was in my teens, in Mad Men days, but haven't heard a word about it since. My Italian husband and I will be in New York for our anniversary this year and I thought some nostalgia from "my" old New York would be fun, but only if the food is fabulous. Any recent experiences?

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  1. This review from the New York Times should tell you all you need to know.

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    1. re: c oliver

      Thank you. Exactly what I needed to know.

    2. It's been years for me, also, but I enjoyed the days of dialing up the proportions for the tableside Caesar salad, caviar accoutrements, and steak tartare.
      Maybe play it safe and do a lunch burger with the pat of tarragon butter in the center? Happy anniversary!

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      1. re: Veggo

        Lunch burger seems about right. Back to the drawing board for dinner.

        1. re: mbfant

          I like the burger at Minetta Tavern. I eat at the bar.

          Supper for an anniversary? That's a tough one given your background and experience. French is always safe: Daniel, Le Bernardin are reliable.

          I hear you on "21". My dad and his partner in crime, my godfather, hoisted me up the stairs way back when.

          1. re: steve h.

            Hiya Steve
            Yes, Daniel and Le Bernardin are certainly "safe"! And contenders, but I'd really prefer American, even though we spend more time in the US than in France (it's all psychological). We don't need the stratosphere. Upper atmosphere would be fine too. And given the way these trips of ours go, something will come up and we'll wind up having to do something other than a nice dinner tete-à-tete anyway, but I figure I'd better make a plan.

          1. re: kathryn

            Thanks, those are good ideas. We've been to Keens, never Minetta.