P.J. Clarke's

★★★★☆
  • 915 3rd Ave

    New York, NY 10022

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  • 212-317-1616

About P.J. Clarke's

Hours
Monday 11:30 AM - 11:00 PM Tuesday 11:30 AM - 11:00 PM Wednesday 11:30 AM - 11:00 PM Thursday 11:30 AM - 11:00 PM Friday 11:30 AM - 11:00 PM Saturday 11:30 AM - 11:00 PM Sunday 11:30 AM - 11:00 PM

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The menu is ho hum, the food is mediocre at best, and most importantly the service was terrible. While we waited at the bar before sitting down the bartender focused all his attention on some regular Wall Street types (that fill the place)

3
★★★★★

The menu is ho hum, the food is mediocre at best, and most importantly the service was terrible. While we waited at the bar before sitting down the bartender focused all his attention on some regular Wall Street types (that fill the place)

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P.J. Clarke's is always a good time. Its got the old school vibe - lots of wood paneling, checkered table cloths. We stop by here for drinks every now and then and its always a great scene. The bartender who has been there for years is so awesome and can take your order amidst the madness. Lots of people flock here after work. They have 2 flat screens above the bar that no one seems to watch and a jukebox in the back of the bar room. Sometimes we sit for dinner if the front of the house is too crazy and the dining room is very nice. My favorite seats, depending on who I am dining with are these 2 nook tables they have in between the front room and dining room- lots of people watching and privacy. The sliders at P.J.'s are just amazing. Cooked perfectly and delicious. I still don't know what bubble and squeak is but I think its hilarious seeing it on the menu. Its a bit pricey for its pub atmosphere, but I love the food and the scene here.

2
★★★★☆

P.J. Clarke's is always a good time. Its got the old school vibe - lots of wood paneling, checkered table cloths. We stop by here for drinks every now and then and its always a great scene. The bartender who has been there for years is so awesome and can take your order amidst the madness. Lots of people flock here after work. They have 2 flat screens above the bar that no one seems to watch and a jukebox in the back of the bar room. Sometimes we sit for dinner if the front of the house is too crazy and the dining room is very nice. My favorite seats, depending on who I am dining with are these 2 nook tables they have in between the front room and dining room- lots of people watching and privacy. The sliders at P.J.'s are just amazing. Cooked perfectly and delicious. I still don't know what bubble and squeak is but I think its hilarious seeing it on the menu. Its a bit pricey for its pub atmosphere, but I love the food and the scene here.

Pros: Sliders, After Work Scene

Cons: Sometimes too crowded

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DMANBURGER ??PJ Clarke??s?
February 20, 2010

PJ Clarke??s has been an old favorite weekend spot for me for many years, I have many fond memories of Sundays tasting such home-made delights as Blue cheese wedges, Meatloaf and Reuben Sandwiches. Since 1884 PJ??s saloon as been doling out mugs of ale and jovial chatter to a patronage which can read as a who??s who from the history books, yet still keeping the feeling of an everyman??s bar. PJ??s has been affectionately loved by those who frequented her stools and red checked tables. After long time owners lost hold in 2002 it was painstakingly renovated by actor Timothy Hutton and restaurateur Phil Scotti. Not being able to secure a table, I opted to perch myself at the bar and watch punters guzzle their Boddington??s Ale and Bloody Mary??s which were expertly flung to them by bartenders donned in white antique style aprons. I stared amazed at the history and nostalgia plastered on the walls above the gigantic mahogany bar that had seen the likes of Frank Sinatra, Jackie O and Louis Armstrong lean on while waiting on their favorite pint.

PJ ??s menu consisted various nouveau pub fare items, including a day by day menu featuring old-time favorites such as lasagna, Short Rib Sandwich and Lobster Roll. Of course I was going to sample the creation named by Nat King Cole in the late 50??s as ??The Cadillac Burger? . While I waited for my anticipated delight I wasn??t short of entertainment, with the Olympics playing on a big screen and the patrons jostling for positions to get their much-needed hangover cure , I was reminded that after so many years this place could still pull in a hefty bar crowd ! I could see my burger stationary at the other end of the bar, I watched with impatience as it was overlooked again and again by the busy staffers. ??That??s mine, that??s mine? I cried ! Starving beyond belief with hunger drool collecting in each corner of my mouth, I was beginning to wonder if I??d ever taste this illusive beefy delectable. At last a competent and speedy bus-boy snatched up my order that was lonely sitting at the end of the bar and rescued it from the impending spills and hand gestures of the staffers, and into my capable clutches. My first bite was fresh and tasty, with the flavor and blend of the meat flowing through my mouth with hints of charcoal and cheese. The bun was moderate in flavor but rather small in size. Despite the first couple of bites being decent, the burger then began to diminish in flavor and ended quite ordinary, the meat was just not cooked to perfection as this burger had been in the past for me and I was left with a ho-hum state of feeling about the ??Cadillac? of burgers.

The French fries that accompanied the ??Cadillac? burger were crisp and scrumptious, crammed into a wrapped aluminum tin, they were what satisfied my hunger after my less than large burger was inhaled. PJ Clarke??s is an iconic New York establishment wrought with history, fame and nostalgia. The flavor of the staff and the patrons of this 126 year old saloon is what make this a great place to spend a weekend meal with friends and family. Unfortunately the flavor of the burgers today was not that memorable.

1
★★☆☆☆

DMANBURGER ??PJ Clarke??s?
February 20, 2010

PJ Clarke??s has been an old favorite weekend spot for me for many years, I have many fond memories of Sundays tasting such home-made delights as Blue cheese wedges, Meatloaf and Reuben Sandwiches. Since 1884 PJ??s saloon as been doling out mugs of ale and jovial chatter to a patronage which can read as a who??s who from the history books, yet still keeping the feeling of an everyman??s bar. PJ??s has been affectionately loved by those who frequented her stools and red checked tables. After long time owners lost hold in 2002 it was painstakingly renovated by actor Timothy Hutton and restaurateur Phil Scotti. Not being able to secure a table, I opted to perch myself at the bar and watch punters guzzle their Boddington??s Ale and Bloody Mary??s which were expertly flung to them by bartenders donned in white antique style aprons. I stared amazed at the history and nostalgia plastered on the walls above the gigantic mahogany bar that had seen the likes of Frank Sinatra, Jackie O and Louis Armstrong lean on while waiting on their favorite pint.

PJ ??s menu consisted various nouveau pub fare items, including a day by day menu featuring old-time favorites such as lasagna, Short Rib Sandwich and Lobster Roll. Of course I was going to sample the creation named by Nat King Cole in the late 50??s as ??The Cadillac Burger? . While I waited for my anticipated delight I wasn??t short of entertainment, with the Olympics playing on a big screen and the patrons jostling for positions to get their much-needed hangover cure , I was reminded that after so many years this place could still pull in a hefty bar crowd ! I could see my burger stationary at the other end of the bar, I watched with impatience as it was overlooked again and again by the busy staffers. ??That??s mine, that??s mine? I cried ! Starving beyond belief with hunger drool collecting in each corner of my mouth, I was beginning to wonder if I??d ever taste this illusive beefy delectable. At last a competent and speedy bus-boy snatched up my order that was lonely sitting at the end of the bar and rescued it from the impending spills and hand gestures of the staffers, and into my capable clutches. My first bite was fresh and tasty, with the flavor and blend of the meat flowing through my mouth with hints of charcoal and cheese. The bun was moderate in flavor but rather small in size. Despite the first couple of bites being decent, the burger then began to diminish in flavor and ended quite ordinary, the meat was just not cooked to perfection as this burger had been in the past for me and I was left with a ho-hum state of feeling about the ??Cadillac? of burgers.

The French fries that accompanied the ??Cadillac? burger were crisp and scrumptious, crammed into a wrapped aluminum tin, they were what satisfied my hunger after my less than large burger was inhaled. PJ Clarke??s is an iconic New York establishment wrought with history, fame and nostalgia. The flavor of the staff and the patrons of this 126 year old saloon is what make this a great place to spend a weekend meal with friends and family. Unfortunately the flavor of the burgers today was not that memorable.

Pros: Historical significance

Cons: burgers are tiny

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The classic hamburger is unbelievable. The decor has an old-school feel to it which really enhances the whole dining experience. Definitely a must-dine for any burger lover!

2
★★★★☆

The classic hamburger is unbelievable. The decor has an old-school feel to it which really enhances the whole dining experience. Definitely a must-dine for any burger lover!

Pros: Burgers

Cons: A bit crowded

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Great Place! I've loved coming here for over 10 years. Saw it change hands, was nervous, then loved it even more after it re-opened (6-7 years ago). The Burgers have always been the best, hell I think this place is what restarted the Burger Movement we all think we are responsible for. Most places have copied their burger ie: JG, Napkin, Shake, Bobby...the list goes on. All these people came here, started with P.J.'s, then twisted it to make it theirs. You don't open a burger joint with out having P.J.'s first. Saddest thing to happen, the Meatloaf is gone. A few times they changed the day on me, but I kept up, then...it's gone! It was the best damn Meatloaf I ever ate! They grilled it for Gods sake, who grills meatloaf...Genius! Bring it back!!!! The chef told me he loved it too, but you have to roll with change. Try some new things, then who knows, maybe it will be back one day. Kind of like the burger revolution, he told me "I'm in my thirties, I've been eating burgers my whole life, why is everyone acting like they just discovered them? I guess they don't get out as much as they lead on!" Everyone needs a chef like him. Get to P.J.'s the beer comes in a mug which is old school, authentic, and a dying piece of glassware, the burgers are the originals, and the staff is always friendly and good for a laugh. Tell the beared Chef you want to try the meatloaf, and see what stroke of wisdom he gives you.

2
★★★★☆

Great Place! I've loved coming here for over 10 years. Saw it change hands, was nervous, then loved it even more after it re-opened (6-7 years ago). The Burgers have always been the best, hell I think this place is what restarted the Burger Movement we all think we are responsible for. Most places have copied their burger ie: JG, Napkin, Shake, Bobby...the list goes on. All these people came here, started with P.J.'s, then twisted it to make it theirs. You don't open a burger joint with out having P.J.'s first. Saddest thing to happen, the Meatloaf is gone. A few times they changed the day on me, but I kept up, then...it's gone! It was the best damn Meatloaf I ever ate! They grilled it for Gods sake, who grills meatloaf...Genius! Bring it back!!!! The chef told me he loved it too, but you have to roll with change. Try some new things, then who knows, maybe it will be back one day. Kind of like the burger revolution, he told me "I'm in my thirties, I've been eating burgers my whole life, why is everyone acting like they just discovered them? I guess they don't get out as much as they lead on!" Everyone needs a chef like him. Get to P.J.'s the beer comes in a mug which is old school, authentic, and a dying piece of glassware, the burgers are the originals, and the staff is always friendly and good for a laugh. Tell the beared Chef you want to try the meatloaf, and see what stroke of wisdom he gives you.

Pros: Burgers, Steak's, Staff

Cons: NO MORE MEATLOAF!

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Huge fan the moment I walked into this joint. Feels like its been there forever (which it has). The bartender knows everyone's name and greets you with a clap and a handshake. (2 claps if you are one of the regulars). You get the feeling as you are sitting at the bar (best place to be) that you are in the middle of an old time movie. Has actual Sinatra roots, with old time swing tunes in the backgroud. Also the best damn cheesebugers, fries, and shoe string onion rings you have had in your life. When your drink gets to 3/4 empty, another beer magically appears in front of you.
Legit.

2
★★★★★

Huge fan the moment I walked into this joint. Feels like its been there forever (which it has). The bartender knows everyone's name and greets you with a clap and a handshake. (2 claps if you are one of the regulars). You get the feeling as you are sitting at the bar (best place to be) that you are in the middle of an old time movie. Has actual Sinatra roots, with old time swing tunes in the backgroud. Also the best damn cheesebugers, fries, and shoe string onion rings you have had in your life. When your drink gets to 3/4 empty, another beer magically appears in front of you.
Legit.

Pros: Atmosphere, Food, Personality, & Charm

Cons: Getting Hammered (If thats even a con)

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We went to PJ Clark?s a couple weeks ago and ordered burgers and French fries. The food was average and unevenly cooked: my burger was well-done on one side and medium rare on the other side. I?ve certainly had better burgers at less famous places. Also, the slices of tomatoes and onions were dry as if they were prepared the day before and were not even covered with plastic wrap, which I think is unacceptable. I also thought that most dishes on the menu were overpriced ($18 for Fish&Chips, etc). I?m not coming back.

1
★★☆☆☆

We went to PJ Clark?s a couple weeks ago and ordered burgers and French fries. The food was average and unevenly cooked: my burger was well-done on one side and medium rare on the other side. I?ve certainly had better burgers at less famous places. Also, the slices of tomatoes and onions were dry as if they were prepared the day before and were not even covered with plastic wrap, which I think is unacceptable. I also thought that most dishes on the menu were overpriced ($18 for Fish&Chips, etc). I?m not coming back.

Cons: mediocre burgers

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This place is famous. A small bar and restaurant, nestled in amongst the high rises in mid-town, it is a great place to meet friends for a low key drink. They are famous for their burgers. Opportunities for celebrity sightings are abound.

5
★★★★★

This place is famous. A small bar and restaurant, nestled in amongst the high rises in mid-town, it is a great place to meet friends for a low key drink. They are famous for their burgers. Opportunities for celebrity sightings are abound.

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Sandwiched between two new higher rise buildings, PJ's refused to sell out and remains where it has been located for a very long time.The stead is always good, the burgers are excellent and the crowded congenial atmosphere is always welcoming, if a bit noisy and a tight squeeze. A favorite of New Yorkers.

4
★★★★☆

Sandwiched between two new higher rise buildings, PJ's refused to sell out and remains where it has been located for a very long time.The stead is always good, the burgers are excellent and the crowded congenial atmosphere is always welcoming, if a bit noisy and a tight squeeze. A favorite of New Yorkers.

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I used to go there for both the food and the ambiance. I loved that the staff was friendly and the kitchen staff made it a point to come out and check on our table to make sure we were happy with our food. Then I go in one day, and the place was kinda quiet, and I couldn't put my finger on what the problem was. That's when I took a good look around and realized my favorite chef wasn't there, replaced by some dork in glasses. I asked my waitress where the other guy went and she told me this guy in the kitchen got my favorite guy fired. That he snuck behind his back to steal his job. I was upset at that. What made it worse was when I got the food. It was terrible. The food was overcooked and tasteless. When I tried to talk to the new cook about it, he blew me off. That's not right. He's supposed to listen to customers. Guess this goof doesn't know how to do the job afterall. All I know is that a lot of people are disgusted and won't go back.

1
★★☆☆☆

I used to go there for both the food and the ambiance. I loved that the staff was friendly and the kitchen staff made it a point to come out and check on our table to make sure we were happy with our food. Then I go in one day, and the place was kinda quiet, and I couldn't put my finger on what the problem was. That's when I took a good look around and realized my favorite chef wasn't there, replaced by some dork in glasses. I asked my waitress where the other guy went and she told me this guy in the kitchen got my favorite guy fired. That he snuck behind his back to steal his job. I was upset at that. What made it worse was when I got the food. It was terrible. The food was overcooked and tasteless. When I tried to talk to the new cook about it, he blew me off. That's not right. He's supposed to listen to customers. Guess this goof doesn't know how to do the job afterall. All I know is that a lot of people are disgusted and won't go back.

Pros: There isn't a pro anymore

Cons: THE NEW CHEF HE'S A BIG CON

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I was lucky enough to participate in a Dewars sponsored "Speakeasy" tour of Manhattan last night, where PJ Clarks was the first stop on the list! The night kicked off with an intimate dinner function in the "speakeasy" style Sidecar and I was pleasantly surprised!! This is the OLDEST bar & restaurant in Manhattan which is pretty neat in itself! After getting a tad disoriented at the main restaurant, the kind hostess of the main bar directed us around to the side where you have to ring the bell to be let into the 2nd floor (total prohibition-style!!). Once arriving at the top, our coats were checked with vintage tags and we were directed to the old-school bar against great exposed brick. The music was classic (think Sinatra), and the starters were flawless (oysters, clams, shrimp cocktail and marinated calamari!), and while our entrees weren't CREATIVE or DIFFERENT, the fact that they can accurately and consistently cook a great steak and some buttery sea scallops was enough to get my vote! Family style sides of creamed spinach, mashed potatoes and sliced sweet potatoes was fantastic! I enjoyed a classic "sidecar" cocktail and sipped the cozy night away. Saw a bunch of corporate diners (looked like typical manhattan bankers), and a few intimate couples but nothing overbearing! I'd definitely go again!

2
★★★★☆

I was lucky enough to participate in a Dewars sponsored "Speakeasy" tour of Manhattan last night, where PJ Clarks was the first stop on the list! The night kicked off with an intimate dinner function in the "speakeasy" style Sidecar and I was pleasantly surprised!! This is the OLDEST bar & restaurant in Manhattan which is pretty neat in itself! After getting a tad disoriented at the main restaurant, the kind hostess of the main bar directed us around to the side where you have to ring the bell to be let into the 2nd floor (total prohibition-style!!). Once arriving at the top, our coats were checked with vintage tags and we were directed to the old-school bar against great exposed brick. The music was classic (think Sinatra), and the starters were flawless (oysters, clams, shrimp cocktail and marinated calamari!), and while our entrees weren't CREATIVE or DIFFERENT, the fact that they can accurately and consistently cook a great steak and some buttery sea scallops was enough to get my vote! Family style sides of creamed spinach, mashed potatoes and sliced sweet potatoes was fantastic! I enjoyed a classic "sidecar" cocktail and sipped the cozy night away. Saw a bunch of corporate diners (looked like typical manhattan bankers), and a few intimate couples but nothing overbearing! I'd definitely go again!

Pros: Consistent food, great ambiance, service was incredibly pleasant

Cons: Even with the exposed brick you could easily hear manhattan traffic below!

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If you like a hearty meal for a great price, P.J.Clarke?s is your place. The food is outstanding! Everyone I have ever taken there has always wanted to go back the next day. Not to mention that they have a full bar with a great selection of mixed drinks, coffee drinks, and beer. I eat there at least once a week!

2
★★★★☆

If you like a hearty meal for a great price, P.J.Clarke?s is your place. The food is outstanding! Everyone I have ever taken there has always wanted to go back the next day. Not to mention that they have a full bar with a great selection of mixed drinks, coffee drinks, and beer. I eat there at least once a week!

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My girlfriend and I went here on Saturday night after it was recommended by one of her friends. After catching a cab up to 55th, we were happy when we didn't have to wait at all for a table around 10:30. The waiter was very laid-back and accommodating, and the atmosphere was fun with the bar rustling in the other room while Johnny Cash was blasting on the jukebox. We both got a steak for dinner (me with the Steak Au Poivre, and her with the Steak Bordelaise). Both steaks were pretty much perfect, and came with practically a pound of mashed potatoes on the side. There were a lot of groups of friends here, and it made it a fun place to be at. I'd go again.

2
★★★★☆

My girlfriend and I went here on Saturday night after it was recommended by one of her friends. After catching a cab up to 55th, we were happy when we didn't have to wait at all for a table around 10:30. The waiter was very laid-back and accommodating, and the atmosphere was fun with the bar rustling in the other room while Johnny Cash was blasting on the jukebox. We both got a steak for dinner (me with the Steak Au Poivre, and her with the Steak Bordelaise). Both steaks were pretty much perfect, and came with practically a pound of mashed potatoes on the side. There were a lot of groups of friends here, and it made it a fun place to be at. I'd go again.

Pros: Steaks, atmosphere

Cons: Noise

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First of all, this place lives up to the hype, which is what surrounds a lot of these old, famed places in NYC. It's a good little place, with a reputable beer selection on tap (including Guinness "black gold"), and a solid burger. It will inevitably draw comparison's with its long lost twin, J.G. Melon, but this one wins out for me. It comes down to a better value for what you're paying for. The service was very solid, and the burger was a good, despite being on the smaller side...And perhaps more importantly, we were promptly seated, which I can't say for J.G. Melon's capabilities. Go ahead and stop in, it's a good little restaurant!

2
★★★★☆

First of all, this place lives up to the hype, which is what surrounds a lot of these old, famed places in NYC. It's a good little place, with a reputable beer selection on tap (including Guinness "black gold"), and a solid burger. It will inevitably draw comparison's with its long lost twin, J.G. Melon, but this one wins out for me. It comes down to a better value for what you're paying for. The service was very solid, and the burger was a good, despite being on the smaller side...And perhaps more importantly, we were promptly seated, which I can't say for J.G. Melon's capabilities. Go ahead and stop in, it's a good little restaurant!

Pros: Great service, awesome barternder, good food, and good value

Cons: Hmm...not too sure.

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The building is old and has a lot of character(1884 I think) they do not serve an honest pint , and it's expensive,but the burger is still the best in the city.Order it medium and it won't be so dry!

2
★★★★☆

The building is old and has a lot of character(1884 I think) they do not serve an honest pint , and it's expensive,but the burger is still the best in the city.Order it medium and it won't be so dry!

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I was excited to try PJ Clarke's famed burger. To my dismay the burger was dry, flavorless small and lacked character. I won't be going back.

1
★★☆☆☆

I was excited to try PJ Clarke's famed burger. To my dismay the burger was dry, flavorless small and lacked character. I won't be going back.

Pros: Bartender was nice

Cons: Burger, flat and old diet coke, bechemel sauce

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I'm a member at Sidecar and have dined at PJ Clarkes many times and have enjoyed going back. The last two times, however, were not as enjoyable due to poor service. Back in May, we were served by a man who had zero knowledge of the food on the menu, and was not friendly or accommodating in the slightest. I figured he was new and still needed time to settle in. After that experience, I stopped going as frequently. Two months later, I went back for brunch, lucky enough to be served by the same guy. We began to order and again the service was surly. Sometimes, service can be over-attentive or under-attentive. With this waiter, we had the worst of both worlds. When his rudeness was there, you'd wish he'd go away. And when you needed him, he was nowhere to be found. I ordered an $8 salad and an order of onion strings. He suggested adding chicken or shrimp. I agreed to shrimp. Who knew that the shrimp salad would turn out to be $26?? Oh, and the onion strings never came. I don't know his name, but let me just say that I "dread" this waiter.

1
★★★☆☆

I'm a member at Sidecar and have dined at PJ Clarkes many times and have enjoyed going back. The last two times, however, were not as enjoyable due to poor service. Back in May, we were served by a man who had zero knowledge of the food on the menu, and was not friendly or accommodating in the slightest. I figured he was new and still needed time to settle in. After that experience, I stopped going as frequently. Two months later, I went back for brunch, lucky enough to be served by the same guy. We began to order and again the service was surly. Sometimes, service can be over-attentive or under-attentive. With this waiter, we had the worst of both worlds. When his rudeness was there, you'd wish he'd go away. And when you needed him, he was nowhere to be found. I ordered an $8 salad and an order of onion strings. He suggested adding chicken or shrimp. I agreed to shrimp. Who knew that the shrimp salad would turn out to be $26?? Oh, and the onion strings never came. I don't know his name, but let me just say that I "dread" this waiter.

Pros: Great food

Cons: One bad seed on the waitstaff

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We went to this restaurant because we LOVE trying out new burger joints and seeing that P.J. Clarke's was on a top ten list...what have we got to lose? First of all...the burgers & fries are separate. Typical. So, I ordered my $8 hamburger to find that it comes on a small plate...ONLY meat & buns with an onion underneath. No lettuce, tomato or dressing...those are separate. The $6 fries come as a side IF you order them. The meat was very dry & crumbly. Outcome...OVERLY priced dry/crumbly burger with no taste. I had to drench in mayonaise to give it flavor. The fries were good though. :)

1
★★☆☆☆

We went to this restaurant because we LOVE trying out new burger joints and seeing that P.J. Clarke's was on a top ten list...what have we got to lose? First of all...the burgers & fries are separate. Typical. So, I ordered my $8 hamburger to find that it comes on a small plate...ONLY meat & buns with an onion underneath. No lettuce, tomato or dressing...those are separate. The $6 fries come as a side IF you order them. The meat was very dry & crumbly. Outcome...OVERLY priced dry/crumbly burger with no taste. I had to drench in mayonaise to give it flavor. The fries were good though. :)

Pros: Service was great.

Cons: BLAH burger.

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I know there is a history aspect to this place, but I was not impressed at all. My friend loved his burger, by my turkey club simply had no taste. The service was generally good, but the food is not good enough to make me go there again.

1
★★☆☆☆

I know there is a history aspect to this place, but I was not impressed at all. My friend loved his burger, by my turkey club simply had no taste. The service was generally good, but the food is not good enough to make me go there again.

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Great pub atmosphere with an awesome burger that cures all appetites and levels of inebriation. Fun and lively 20-30 somethings crowd.

2
★★★★★

Great pub atmosphere with an awesome burger that cures all appetites and levels of inebriation. Fun and lively 20-30 somethings crowd.

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I saw their burgers were rated in the top 10 for 2006, so I wanted to find out why. We were seated surprisingly quick, although it was after 1:00 pm. The atmosphere is good and it's definitely a place frequented by the locals, so you knew it was going to be good. The burger was good, but not as good as Shake Shack or Burger Joint. They have many other things to order, plus a special of the day, so you are definitely not locked into the burger. Service was decent and the prices average, by NYC standards.

2
★★★★☆

I saw their burgers were rated in the top 10 for 2006, so I wanted to find out why. We were seated surprisingly quick, although it was after 1:00 pm. The atmosphere is good and it's definitely a place frequented by the locals, so you knew it was going to be good. The burger was good, but not as good as Shake Shack or Burger Joint. They have many other things to order, plus a special of the day, so you are definitely not locked into the burger. Service was decent and the prices average, by NYC standards.

Pros: Good food, local hangout

Cons: none

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Really cool lookin bar. Despite the fact that it looked really crowded, I was seated right away. The restaurant really has that old-fashioned NY look. The burger was amazing (so was the buffalo chicken sandwhich- i tried that too!) I really liked the desert tray too!

2
★★★★☆

Really cool lookin bar. Despite the fact that it looked really crowded, I was seated right away. The restaurant really has that old-fashioned NY look. The burger was amazing (so was the buffalo chicken sandwhich- i tried that too!) I really liked the desert tray too!

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This place is BSD heaven. By this, I mean the questions you will here around you are: what bank do you work for? do you have a black amex? and dude i'm dating an 18 year old! Yes that type of crowd and there is a mix of those men and those over the top women trying to land them. The wait is long regardless if they tell you 10 mins, the burgers are good and so are the fries.

The bathroom for the guys is the original ones from way back in the day. People were smaller then and being 6'2 it was a tight fit and cramped. Guys like the buffer and it's not there.

2
★★★★☆

This place is BSD heaven. By this, I mean the questions you will here around you are: what bank do you work for? do you have a black amex? and dude i'm dating an 18 year old! Yes that type of crowd and there is a mix of those men and those over the top women trying to land them. The wait is long regardless if they tell you 10 mins, the burgers are good and so are the fries.

The bathroom for the guys is the original ones from way back in the day. People were smaller then and being 6'2 it was a tight fit and cramped. Guys like the buffer and it's not there.

Cons: Citi, UBS, Morgan

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I went to PJ Clarke's on a Friday evening at around 8:30 for dinner. The place was still very packed with an after work crowd. They had a good selection of beer and the food was pretty good. I ordered the French Onion Soup and a sandwich and really liked both. My only con, We placed our names on the waiting list to be seated and were told the wait would be 10 minutes. I went back to the hostess about 15 minutes later and she informed me it would be another 10 minutes. This went on for about 45 minutes until we were finally seated. I don't mind waiting, but having to walk back and forth in a very crowded bar every 10 minutes got a little annoying. Other than that, it's a great place to hang out.

2
★★★★☆

I went to PJ Clarke's on a Friday evening at around 8:30 for dinner. The place was still very packed with an after work crowd. They had a good selection of beer and the food was pretty good. I ordered the French Onion Soup and a sandwich and really liked both. My only con, We placed our names on the waiting list to be seated and were told the wait would be 10 minutes. I went back to the hostess about 15 minutes later and she informed me it would be another 10 minutes. This went on for about 45 minutes until we were finally seated. I don't mind waiting, but having to walk back and forth in a very crowded bar every 10 minutes got a little annoying. Other than that, it's a great place to hang out.

Pros: Great ambience, good food

Cons: very crowded, no reservations

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The food is great and the service is great but the bar is too crowded with finance types talking about their wallets! Sit down at a table if you want a better expirence.

1
★★☆☆☆

The food is great and the service is great but the bar is too crowded with finance types talking about their wallets! Sit down at a table if you want a better expirence.

Pros: Food

Cons: Too crowded

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They are so delicious. Oh, man. They really are. The mashed potatoes are very good, the onion straws and french fries were taste-making-delisciouses. But the real attraction is the mini cheeseburgers. Get them medium rare, the beef is of sufficient quality. Their flavor is unsurpassable. I've tried, believe me. But this place has replaced even Corner Bistro in the "best cheeseburger" realm for me. Try to get the older waitress if she can. She's one of those lifers that really knows what's up.

2
★★★★★

They are so delicious. Oh, man. They really are. The mashed potatoes are very good, the onion straws and french fries were taste-making-delisciouses. But the real attraction is the mini cheeseburgers. Get them medium rare, the beef is of sufficient quality. Their flavor is unsurpassable. I've tried, believe me. But this place has replaced even Corner Bistro in the "best cheeseburger" realm for me. Try to get the older waitress if she can. She's one of those lifers that really knows what's up.

Pros: Mini-cheeseburgers, things made with potatoes, bloody marys

Cons: Finance jocks talking loudly

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This place has delicious burgers! The fries and onion rings are great, too! The restaurant itself has a lot of charm since it's in a landmarked building. I highly recommend this place if you're looking for a great burger and a nice, casual atmosphere!

2
★★★★★

This place has delicious burgers! The fries and onion rings are great, too! The restaurant itself has a lot of charm since it's in a landmarked building. I highly recommend this place if you're looking for a great burger and a nice, casual atmosphere!

Pros: Best burgers, reasonable prices

Cons: can get very crowded

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I loved the cheeseburgers here. We go for Sunday lunch and we've never had to wait for a table. When it's crowded, it can get noisy.

2
★★★★☆

I loved the cheeseburgers here. We go for Sunday lunch and we've never had to wait for a table. When it's crowded, it can get noisy.

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My family has been coming here for years and years...it was my grandfather's "local bar," and we make a point to get to Clarke's as often as possible. Although I miss the paper plates and the "write your own order" slips, the cheeseburger cannot be beat, the bar is busy and convivial, the bartenders friendly and cheerful. The oysters Rockefeller is fantastic and again, those BURGERS!!! Yum!!

2
★★★★★

My family has been coming here for years and years...it was my grandfather's "local bar," and we make a point to get to Clarke's as often as possible. Although I miss the paper plates and the "write your own order" slips, the cheeseburger cannot be beat, the bar is busy and convivial, the bartenders friendly and cheerful. The oysters Rockefeller is fantastic and again, those BURGERS!!! Yum!!

Pros: cheeseburgers, atmosphere, charm

Cons: some old touches gone

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Great burgers and beer. Classic bar/restaurant atmosphere. Small, crowed and noisy, just the way it should be!

2
★★★★☆

Great burgers and beer. Classic bar/restaurant atmosphere. Small, crowed and noisy, just the way it should be!

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This is an older type place that is able to differentiate itself a bit from some of the younger type bar/restaurants in the area. There is a front bar with a back room which is a restaurant. The staff overall is friendly, however the wait for a table can be very long. We were told 20-30 minutes, which wound up being over an hour. Usually, the bar area is pretty crowded. They have a jukebox, which focuses more on 60's and 70's music. The food is pretty good although the menu is a bit limited and somewhat expensive. Beer prices are reasonable, $4.50 for a bottle of Coors Light

2
★★★★☆

This is an older type place that is able to differentiate itself a bit from some of the younger type bar/restaurants in the area. There is a front bar with a back room which is a restaurant. The staff overall is friendly, however the wait for a table can be very long. We were told 20-30 minutes, which wound up being over an hour. Usually, the bar area is pretty crowded. They have a jukebox, which focuses more on 60's and 70's music. The food is pretty good although the menu is a bit limited and somewhat expensive. Beer prices are reasonable, $4.50 for a bottle of Coors Light

Pros: Service

Cons: Long wait for table

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Sure, it is pricey (a meal for 2 will set you back at least $60), and portions are small-ish. However, this is hands down the best burger you can find in Manhattan. The interior is dark and cozy, service is great, and the ambiance is perfect (think a juke box full of Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Bobby Darin, etc.)

2
★★★★☆

Sure, it is pricey (a meal for 2 will set you back at least $60), and portions are small-ish. However, this is hands down the best burger you can find in Manhattan. The interior is dark and cozy, service is great, and the ambiance is perfect (think a juke box full of Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Bobby Darin, etc.)

Pros: Burgers, Burgers, Burgers

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The food is delicious (especially the bacon cheeseburger!) and the service and atmosphere couldn't be better. Great place to go after work or late night.

2
★★★★★

The food is delicious (especially the bacon cheeseburger!) and the service and atmosphere couldn't be better. Great place to go after work or late night.

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For those of you who do not know this place- simmer down those of you who do- The burgers are good, the beer is better. The ambiance is what you're buying. Men, check out the old-school urinals. Worth a stop in just for those relics! Prost!

2
★★★★☆

For those of you who do not know this place- simmer down those of you who do- The burgers are good, the beer is better. The ambiance is what you're buying. Men, check out the old-school urinals. Worth a stop in just for those relics! Prost!

Pros: Good tap beer, Good burgers

Cons: Regular NY prices, off the beaten path

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Hamburgers will melt in your mouth. You might sit next to a movie star (I actually did!) or 40 somethings discussing finance. All types of people come here. No need to dress up. The scene is casual and homey. The service is so friendly, they might actually sit down with you if the place isn't too busy.

2
★★★★★

Hamburgers will melt in your mouth. You might sit next to a movie star (I actually did!) or 40 somethings discussing finance. All types of people come here. No need to dress up. The scene is casual and homey. The service is so friendly, they might actually sit down with you if the place isn't too busy.

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PJ Clarkes is a great neighborhood pub with fast bar service and very good food for the price. The bartenders are friendly and take care of you. The atmosphere is combination of corporate and old world. A great place to spend a weekday happy hour.

2
★★★★★

PJ Clarkes is a great neighborhood pub with fast bar service and very good food for the price. The bartenders are friendly and take care of you. The atmosphere is combination of corporate and old world. A great place to spend a weekday happy hour.

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I hadn't been in P.J.'s for 10 years, my co-worker told me it was bought by new ownership. I figured I'd give it a try.( I always liked the burger but the service stunk.) The burger is great, better than Corner Bistro & Melon's combined. The best part was the Raw Bar, which I don't remember being there in the old days. The service is really friendly, the new owners let their waiters have a "wiseguy New York attitude." But in a good way!!!! Not in that snotty Soho waiter way.

2
★★★★★

I hadn't been in P.J.'s for 10 years, my co-worker told me it was bought by new ownership. I figured I'd give it a try.( I always liked the burger but the service stunk.) The burger is great, better than Corner Bistro & Melon's combined. The best part was the Raw Bar, which I don't remember being there in the old days. The service is really friendly, the new owners let their waiters have a "wiseguy New York attitude." But in a good way!!!! Not in that snotty Soho waiter way.

Pros: Burgers, Raw bar , Service

Cons: , nothing, nada

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For food, this place rates as just good enough for east siders who know little or care to know little about food. The chicken pot pie was barely warm and the crust was soggy, prices are really too high for what is offered. Check it out for the old world atmosphere but don't be surprised to to see (and hear) grandmas with cranky whiny voices shouting over the din.

1
★★★☆☆

For food, this place rates as just good enough for east siders who know little or care to know little about food. The chicken pot pie was barely warm and the crust was soggy, prices are really too high for what is offered. Check it out for the old world atmosphere but don't be surprised to to see (and hear) grandmas with cranky whiny voices shouting over the din.

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The hamburgers are delicious and reminded me of homemade (maybe that is why some don't like them? who knows.) The service was delightful - friendly and attentive - and the atmosphere is homey and quaint without being twee. Of course, I went on a rainy holiday afternoon, not at prime after-work scamming time, so maybe things are different....

2
★★★★★

The hamburgers are delicious and reminded me of homemade (maybe that is why some don't like them? who knows.) The service was delightful - friendly and attentive - and the atmosphere is homey and quaint without being twee. Of course, I went on a rainy holiday afternoon, not at prime after-work scamming time, so maybe things are different....

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Sure, the staff is still working a few kinks out of the system, but Clarke's is a winner, hands down. The atmosphere is bold, the crowd is fun and local (NOT B&T as other reviewers have suggested....), and the food is delicious (try the Veal Parm on Wed. night for a treat). And where else in this city can you grab a beer, look at the table next to you, and see Jake LaMotta smoking a cigar beneath a picture of himself and his Raging Bull counterpart DeNiro?

2
★★★★★

Sure, the staff is still working a few kinks out of the system, but Clarke's is a winner, hands down. The atmosphere is bold, the crowd is fun and local (NOT B&T as other reviewers have suggested....), and the food is delicious (try the Veal Parm on Wed. night for a treat). And where else in this city can you grab a beer, look at the table next to you, and see Jake LaMotta smoking a cigar beneath a picture of himself and his Raging Bull counterpart DeNiro?

Pros: great atmosphere, awesome food, fun crowd

Cons: Can get cramped

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The bartenders couldn't be more courteous and friendly. The bar scene is great. The food delicious. The new renovation is true to its original decor. Overall, well worth the experience. Thanks P.J..

2
★★★★★

The bartenders couldn't be more courteous and friendly. The bar scene is great. The food delicious. The new renovation is true to its original decor. Overall, well worth the experience. Thanks P.J..

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Take it for what it is, an old bar that has great burgers and beer... and now some awesome shellfish. I came here Saturday for dinner with four picky foodies and we were all unanimous in thinking the burgers were better than Corner Bistro and although smaller than Jackson Hole, the quality of the meat was better. The oysters were as fresh as can be and the onion strings a perfect match with any burger. Get a beer and a burger and stop expecting Le Crique, it's not, and never will be. If you don't like it, trot over to Outback Steakhouse next door and leave room for folks who aren't so inaccurately judgmental.

2
★★★★☆

Take it for what it is, an old bar that has great burgers and beer... and now some awesome shellfish. I came here Saturday for dinner with four picky foodies and we were all unanimous in thinking the burgers were better than Corner Bistro and although smaller than Jackson Hole, the quality of the meat was better. The oysters were as fresh as can be and the onion strings a perfect match with any burger. Get a beer and a burger and stop expecting Le Crique, it's not, and never will be. If you don't like it, trot over to Outback Steakhouse next door and leave room for folks who aren't so inaccurately judgmental.

Pros: Good Burgers, Friendly bartenders, Good raw bar

Cons: No reservations, Overly attentive Wtrs

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Over a year to renovate, but what? The alleged famous burgers are adequate at best, and are too small...way too small. The novelty will wear off at some point, hopefully the owners, including washed-up actor Timothy Hutton will wise up.

1
★★★☆☆

Over a year to renovate, but what? The alleged famous burgers are adequate at best, and are too small...way too small. The novelty will wear off at some point, hopefully the owners, including washed-up actor Timothy Hutton will wise up.

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Are you kidding me with these wimpy reviews? I waited paitently for the renovation to be done. Is the burger the best in the city? No. Is the service the best in the city? No. But they are damn good. Is the experience of getting a burger and a beer at Clarke's after work the best in the city? ABSOLUTELY!!!

2
★★★★★

Are you kidding me with these wimpy reviews? I waited paitently for the renovation to be done. Is the burger the best in the city? No. Is the service the best in the city? No. But they are damn good. Is the experience of getting a burger and a beer at Clarke's after work the best in the city? ABSOLUTELY!!!

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The renovation has managed to maintain the same appealing old New York feeling at Clarke's. The burgers are still excellent, the veal parmesan rivals any in the city, and the raw bar upfront was a great, if somewhat unfaithful, addition. Great to have it back.

2
★★★★★

The renovation has managed to maintain the same appealing old New York feeling at Clarke's. The burgers are still excellent, the veal parmesan rivals any in the city, and the raw bar upfront was a great, if somewhat unfaithful, addition. Great to have it back.

Pros: Eclectic crowd

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Welcome back to a great institution. The new owners spared no expense in bringing this landmark back and beyond its former glory. I strongly recommend everyone to check this out.

2
★★★★★

Welcome back to a great institution. The new owners spared no expense in bringing this landmark back and beyond its former glory. I strongly recommend everyone to check this out.

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