In his famous classical conditioning experiment, Ivan Pavlov proved that it’s physically impossible for a Russian scientist's mouth not to water when it says the word “goulash.” Moisten your own sandwich receptacle with today’s Groupon: for $12, you get $25 of Eastern European–influenced cuisine and drinks at Club 21 in Astoria.
Club 21's menu of hearty Old World comfort food reconnects American stomachs to their European heritage. Start with an appetizer of grilled kielbasa with sauerkraut or french fries ($7.95), or reignite the Cold War by devouring an order of pierogies without sharing (with bacon and sour cream, $9.95). Carnivorous connoisseurs can uncover the full range of Euro-influence within the spicy gypsy cutlet (pork shoulder with sautéed onions, red and green pepper, tomato, hot pepper, rice, and fries, $14.95), and lighter appetites can focus their taste-bud frequency on a Slovak specialty — bryndzové halušky, potato spätzle with sheep's milk cheese, onions, and bacon ($10.95). Club 21's extensive drink menu pairs a suitably geoppropriate quaff or wine by the bottle ($22–$40) with every plate, so knock back a mug of Staropramen or Weihenstephaner with your solid sustenance. Proud pirate-Americans can revisit their own roots with a cup of grog ($6.75) or warm up for winter with mulled wine ($6.75).
Club 21's rustic wood and exposed-brick décor—coupled with numerous glowing candles and wall sconces—keeps the atmosphere as Eastern European as the flavors, right down to the grizzled peasant who warns you not to go to Castle Dracula. Settle in with friends along the long, well-weathered wooden seats for a friendly chat and a pint. If you're lone-wolfing it, pull a chair up to the full bar and practice your pick-up lines on the draft taps. And so long as the weather stays nice, mug-hoisters can enjoy a relaxing evening on the patio, which is guaranteed to have 100% less ceiling than the bar and 100% higher risk of alien abduction.
- Deep in Astoria, on the border of Ravenswood, is Club 21, a portal into a Central European beer hall. Here, Czechs and Manhattan transplants alike sip Krusovice, Radeberger, and Straropramen at scruffy wooden tables; out back is the other, cozier Astorian beer garden, a patio densely packed with picnic tables and kielbasa on the outdoor grill. – Olga Karabinech, New York
- Come on down to Club 21 in Astoria. Whether you're sitting at the bar eating some great old-world food or having a try at pole dancing on the bar, we guarantee you'll have a great time. – Jimmy Ludwig, The Happy Hour Guys
Candles flicker against Club 21's exposed-brick walls and vintage couches as executive chef Tomas Wartownik forges a menu of hearty Eastern European eats. Plates pile high with schnitzel, pierogi, and potato pancakes as bartenders fill glasses with bubbly brews and aromatic wines hailing from around the globe. Friday and Saturday nights bring a live DJ to the club's stage, facilitating revelous dancing and sauerkraut-themed raps, and the week's work comes to a savory conclusion with a lavish Sunday brunch.
30-09 21st St.
Astoria, New York 11102Get Directions