It's not just my birthday that I enjoy celebrating. As the saying goes, "It is better to give than to receive." I had the honor to co-host a friend's birthday dinner this weekend and used the occasion to experiment a bit. A few weeks ago, I had Chef Greeley's signature mixed grill at the incomparable 21 Club in New York City. It was a delicious and complex assortment of meats, vegetables, and flavor. My dining companions gently teased that I'd ordered the "petting zoo," as the meal consisted of rabbit, lamb, venison, and wild boar. Any Walt Disney characters aside, it was an excellent dish that I wanted to recreate with my own personal twist.
While I am proud of my apartment (an elegant renovation of part of a floor of a grand mansion built in 1840 Baltimore), I cannot hope to reproduce the atmosphere that is the 21 Club. Elegant but accessible, this is the essence of American fine dining. While jackets are quite rightly required, it would be quite wrong to call this place stuffy. Decorated with toys and memorabilia from sports, pop culture, and old New York, you can't help but find this place iconic. In the spirit of last weekend's Kentucky Derby, here's an image of the facade of the restaurant, complete with 21 jockeys standing guard.
|Service, atmosphere, and incredible food await at the 21 Club.|