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Midtown Restaurants

Establishment neighborhood
The 21 Club
21 W. 52nd St., Midtown
While there are several dining areas at the 21 Club, the most energetic by far is the Bar Room, where the ceiling is famously covered in toys donated by the club's famous regulars (they've hosted every president since FDR). But even in the bar, men have to comply with the dress code, which was only recently adjusted to allow men without neckties at lunch—you'll still need a jacket any time of day. The menu is classically American (the burger is actually really good), but it's much more about the atmosphere than the food.
Má Pêche
Chambers Hotel, 15 W. 56th St., Midtown
Situated inside the Chambers Hotel, Chef David Chang's Má Pêche, which stands for "mother peach" was a very welcome addition to Midtown's largely old-school culinary landscape when it opened almost six years ago. Served in a very Chang-like communal style, the breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus all have that same Asian-inflected American classic vibe. As to be expected from the Momofuku family, a seat can be pretty hard to come by at peak hours, but unlike some of the other Momofukus downtown, they do take reservations.
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