Midtown West | ’21’ Club (American)

2013 New York City Summer Restaurant Week

’21’ Club

The '21' Club, a New York institution since 1930.

The ’21’ Club, a New York institution since 1930.

There is so much history with this restaurant, it’s a little overwhelming.  Think Prohibition.  Think Power Players in Business, Politics, Media and Entertainment, Fashion, Sports — you name it.  Oh, if walls could talk.  The dark interior, red and white checkered table cloths, “men must wear jackets” rule, and while we’re on the subject of jackets — the white-jacketed service staff, the “interesting ceilings” (you’ll have to see it for yourself), the cocktails, and hands down, the impeccable service — from the moment you walk through the door.

I remarked to my lunch date after we were seated that I remember when I first had the pleasure of having the ’21’ experience, there were not a lot of ladies present. This place was (but, thankfully, no longer) a “boys’ club”.  Times change.  Progress.  Ladies, keep this place on your short list. One of my favorite industry colleagues who I completely admire joined me for lunch. The ’21’ Summer Restaurant Week menu has something for everyone. Sure, there isn’t a completely vegetarian main course on the menu, but trust me, they can accommodate.

But enough with all the chatter, just enjoy the food through my (smartphone-taken) photographs. (I decided whipping out the camera would have been a bit “much”.)

My Starter (just kidding):  "Beautiful Fool' Cocktail, inspired by The Great Gatsby

My Starter (just kidding): “Beautiful Fool” Cocktail, inspired by The Great Gatsby

Grilled Shrimp, pickled nectarine chutney, cucumber salad, pea greens

My Appetizer: Grilled Shrimp, pickled nectarine chutney, cucumber salad, pea greens

On my friend's plate: Grilled Pork Tenderloin, butter beans, herbed potatoes, honey-peach gastrique

On my friend’s plate, her entree: Grilled Pork Tenderloin, butter beans, herbed potatoes, honey-peach gastrique

My entree:  Sesame-Crusted Salmon, kale, edamame, cucumber, miso dressing (Personally, I needed more dressing)

My entree: Sesame-Crusted Salmon, kale, edamame, cucumber, miso dressing (Personally, I needed more dressing — I always need more “gravy”!)

I actually didn’t finish my main course.  If I hadn’t stopped eating, I wouldn’t have been able to eat dessert.  And, well, that couldn’t happen.  (Just sayin’.)

Presenting...my dessert: Strawberry Rhubarb Tart, crumble, vanilla ice cream

Presenting…my dessert: Strawberry Rhubarb Tart, crumble, vanilla ice cream

And then I cut into it…

All that rhubarb...Ice cream was great, fresh, '21'-made.

All that rhubarb…Ice cream was great, fresh, ’21’-made.

My lunch date had other ideas…

Devils Food Crunch Cake

Devils Food Crunch Cake

I am not an overwhelming chocolate-lover, but I couldn’t help but have a taste. One small spoon and I felt like “death by chocolate”. WOW. That’s one powerful chocolate creation!  And the “crunch”, those chocolate “beads” that completely surrounded the cake were soooo crunchy, and actually, a little addictive.  (I could say a something right now, but I’ll keep it to myself…dirty minds would come out of the woodwork…for sure.)

But, they weren’t done…Oh no.

Yes, there’s nothing like specially made ’21’ sweet treats.  It put such a smile on my face.  I was completely satisfied. Completely. 

'21' Club "Sweet Treats", a wonderful surprise at the end of the meal.

’21’ Club “Sweet Treats”, a wonderful surprise at the end of the meal.

Now, who’s hungry?

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