by Julie Besonen, 06/08/2011
Courtesy, '21' Club
21 W. 52nd St., 212-582-7200, Midtown West, Manhattan
Big shots have been coming to '21' Club ever since it opened as a speakeasy in 1930. Humphrey Bogart, Joan Crawford and Frank Sinatra were regulars, and it's been said that more movies have been filmed here than any other restaurant in NYC. The exterior, with its iconic row of jockey statuettes, is a sight in and of itself. Inside, it's clubby, old-world New York, with a dress code strictly enforced (jackets are required; jeans and sneakers are not permitted). Used most extensively in Sweet Smell of Success (1957), '21' Club was also a shooting location for All About Eve (1950), Written on the Wind (1956) and Wall Street (1987), where Michael Douglas tells Charlie Sheen to have the steak tartare. It remains one of the most popular menu items today, but if you like your meat cooked, the hamburger is legendary. Or snack on mini burgers and fries in the comfy, civilized cocktail lounge.