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A Taste of 21


'Speakeasy' Steak Tartare

A timeless icon of New York’s social scene, ‘21’ has always been the place to go for making magical memories. Recreate that Big Apple razzmatazz in your own kitchen with the recipe for our signature ‘Speakeasy’ steak tartare.

“Try the steak tartare—it’s off the menu.” So said Michael Douglas in the 1987 classic Wall Street when taking Charlie Sheen to lunch at ‘21’. When it’s not starring on the silver screen, the restaurant has famously welcomed some of the most glittering names in show business. Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli, Luciano Pavarotti and Alec Baldwin all have favourite tables in our Bar Room.


16 oz top-quality filet mignon (‘21’ uses prime non-aged black angus beef)
4 quail eggs
4 tbsp chopped capers
4 tbsp chopped cornichons
4 tbsp chopped parsley
4 tbsp diced red onion
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste


1 oz ketchup
1 oz Dijon mustard
1 oz Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp tabasco


Cut the beef into small cubes. Keep refrigerated.
Combine all sauce ingredients and refrigerate.


In a large bowl, combine the beef, capers, cornichons, parsley and red onion
Season with sea salt and pepper
Add the sauce and extra virgin olive oil
Plate the tartare with a quail egg on top
Garnish with petit greens in truffle vinaigrette. Serve with toasted baguette slices or toast points.


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21’ first rang with laughter during Prohibition—today this former speakeasy still tops New York’s social scene

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