“The atmosphere is bold, the crowd is fun and local (NOT B&T as other reviewers have suggested....)”
“The chicken pot pie was barely warm and the crust was soggy, prices are really too high for what is offered.”
“We stop by here for drinks every now and then and its always a great scene.”
“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.”
“Not to mention that they have a full bar with a great selection of mixed drinks, coffee drinks, and beer.”
“best place ever”
“The service was generally good, but the food is not good enough to make me go there again.”
“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.”
“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.”
“The staff overall is friendly, however the wait for a table can be very long.”
Overrated and overpriced. 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) he seemed to know. I would strongly recommend passing on PJ Clarkes in favor of other establishments with better food, better prices and much better service and people. This place may have been good at one point, but it's staff and food was a big disappointment.
Great Sliders. 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.
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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.
Great hamburger. 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!
What Happened To The Meatloaf?. 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.
The Joint is Legit!.
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.
disappointing. 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.
Used to be the best before this new chef took over.. 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.
Great History, Good Ambiance!. 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!
Great FOOD. 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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