P.J. Clarke's

P.J. Clarke's

Pub and Burger Joint · Midtown East
915 3rd Ave (at E 55th St), New York, NY 10022, United States
Hours:
Closed until 11:30 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 11:30 AM–4:00 AM
Price:
$$$$
Menus:
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour
Drinks:
Beer, Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express & MasterCard)
Wi-Fi:
No
Outdoor Seating:
No

Since 1884 this venerable New York institution with its colorful history has entertained the famous, the infamous and everyone else who appreciate the ambiance & food of a real saloon. “The Cadillac of Burgers” tastes as good as ever, especially paired with your favorite pint.

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  • Erik C.
    A piece of history old beautiful exposed brick. Old bar. The food was american Classic comfort. Drinks were strong but fairly priced. The staff was attentive. Food was awesome. A must do!!
    Erik Cintron · March 30, 2015
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  • Rupert N.
    The ONLY place to eat in Midtown East. Come late at night too. Wonderful Oysters! Try that Cadillac Burger...!!.m "One More For The Road" was penned here. Classic, old school NYC!
    Rupert Noffs · 1 week ago
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  • Rami A.
    The cheese burger is brilliant! One of my all time favorites. Medium done, it melts in your mouth, and the partially fried pickles were the best part. The fries were excellent too.
    Rami AlKhowaiter · December 12, 2014
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  • PureWow
    Brick walls, dark wood, old black-and-white photos and the quintessential New York burger. You can have it all right into the wee hours of the morning, just like Sinatra used to do. Read more
    PureWow · December 18, 2015
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  • IWalked Audio Tours
    P.J. Clarke’s is a historic NYC saloon that opened in 1884. It is named for one of its former owners, an Irish immigrant named Patrick J. Clarke (not the original owner). More site history via<LINK> Read more
    IWalked Audio Tours · November 24, 2012
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  • First We Feast
    The signature "Cadillac Burger"—nicknamed by Nat King Cole in the '50s because he thought it was the Cadillac of…well, you get the idea—is everything you want in an old-school, unfussy bar burger. Read more
    First We Feast · August 3, 2014
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  • Time Out New York
    The no-frills cheeseburger features six ounces of seared ground chuck and raw onion on a white bun, customizable with cheese and add-ons such as avocado, butcher’s chili and béarnaise sauce. (RC) Read more
    Time Out New York · August 7, 2013
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  • Rich G.
    Get the Cadillac Burger, named by Nat King Cole, because he called it the "Cadillac of burgers". He was right, it is one of the best burgers in NYC. Throw in some home fries and you'll be very happy.
    Rich Gallagher · October 25, 2010
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  • Welcome to College
    If your college visits bring you to the big city, find a few minutes to grab a bite and watch world go by at PJ Clarke's. The burgers, the mac & cheese, the raw bar...you cannot go wrong here!
    Welcome to College · February 4, 2011
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  • Jennifer A.
    One of the best 'classic New York' bars in town. It certainly has the best personality of any place in East Midtown. Nice mix of old-skool charm and modern(ish) food/drink.
    Jennifer Anderson · August 14, 2015
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  • Frank S.
    An All-Time New York Great, one of Frank Sinatra's favorit New York haunts, mine too. Great Burger, but best of all, great old decor that's been unchanged for almost 100 years. Love it.
    Frank S · February 23, 2012
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  • The Corcoran Group
    While the burgers are amazing here, don't overlook the chicken pot pie. Be sure to get yourself a side of the hash brown potatoes, they're amazing!
    The Corcoran Group · November 21, 2013
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  • Jason 6.
    Built 1868 (originally four stories). P.J. Clarke's was established in 1884 and operated continuously since. It has been frequented by a number of famous people and featured in films, TV, and songs.
    Jason 64128 · February 23, 2012
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  • New York Habitat
    The burgers here are awesome and they're made even better when paired with the onion strings. Good for a casual lunch or dinner. Keep an eye out for the old school bathrooms as well.
    New York Habitat · November 30, 2011
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  • Alexandros C.
    Probably the best burgers in NYC!! Definitely don't miss it and you shall visit over and over again!! Bar is great too for after work drinks! A don't miss spot in NYC!!
    Alexandros C · March 29, 2014
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  • Match T.
    Yeah, the burger, but their Lobster Roll with an order of french fries is the business! Only on Wed. though. Lobster mac-n-cheese is another good item. Only on Fridays though.
    Match Thisfly · July 8, 2014
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  • Andrea G.
    Calamari is a must, burgers are old fashion style and really juicy, onion string great side, but I'd skip the brownie dessert. Hostess and bartenders were dolls but our waitress was not great
    Andrea Gambardella · July 21, 2010
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  • RDW
    the cadillac burger as good as always, with the great onion strings, and the heavy drinks that make people not be able to keep count of how many they have had, was definitely three Read more
    RDW · February 1, 2010
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  • Renee M.
    Yeah, the burger, but their Lobster roll with an order of french fries is the business! Only on Wednesdays though. Lobster Mac-n-Cheese, another good item. Only on Fridays.
    Renee Maslikhov · August 16, 2011
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  • Mark P.
    Get the chips and dip. It's a homemade cheese-sauce. Incredible. Bonus points if you can convince them to bring fries instead of the chips, cuz the fries are incredible.
    Mark Perry · January 26, 2012
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  • BIG D
    The cadillac is amazing! Top it off with shoe string fries and a brooklyn lager or 2 or 3. Sooo goood! Service is friendly and prompt! Atmosphere is relaxed.
    BIG D · February 27, 2012
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  • Brian C.
    Go to PJ Clarke's and order any burger you want. Don't be ashamed to devour it in less than a minute. Also be sure to get French Fries (taste like McD fries) or Onion Strings
    Brian Clark · March 13, 2009
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  • Samantha L.
    Really packed bar. Enter on the side. Everyone raves about the burger, so I tried it. I was unimpressed. Maybe I expected more. It was decent but nowhere near the best burger.
    Samantha Lim · April 16, 2013
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  • Susan R.
    Great burgers, but amazing desserts. Warm apple cobbler is delicious, and I don't even like apple cobbler. Sweet cream cheesecake? God, yes. And always great service.
    Susan Rella · January 25, 2012
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  • Eduardo D.
    Very nice food and service! The chopped Sirloin is amazing! The Caddilac is very good but by the reviews I expected more.
    Eduardo Damasceno · October 27, 2013
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  • Catherine C.
    Grab the bacon cheeseburger or the Reuben with the fries and union strings. Everything was great, ended the meal with the NY Cheesecake. Perfect night out!
    Catherine C · October 29, 2012
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  • Nataly C.
    Year after year, decade after decade, P.J.’s has always been, quite simply: The place. If you live in New York, P.J. Clarke’s needs no introduction.
    Nataly Cnyrim-Kimmel · July 29, 2013
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  • Chris E.
    Good cocktails, but on the expensive side ($13 - $15) and nothing too special. Burgers are great, and the fries are some of the best in the area.
    Chris Evans · July 23, 2014
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  • Djaniella D.
    "The Cadillac" is honestly one of the best burgers I've ever had! Reasonable price for a juicy, delicious burger.
    Djaniella D. · December 10, 2014
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  • Francis U.
    One of the best burgers. No nee to add anything other than cheese. So juicy!! The onion rings are great but huge portion (too much just for two).
    Francis Udler · September 9, 2013
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  • Jim R.
    Burgers are decent, as are sweet potato fries. Beware that if you're Scottish it appears that the accent makes 'Grolsch' sounds like O'Douls...which is non-alcoholic.
    Jim Ross · March 22, 2011
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  • Michelle A.
    Blue cheese lovers need to try the BBQ Blue Cheese Burger, it's even better than the Cadillac. Shoe string onion rings are great as well.
    Michelle Alexander · March 26, 2015
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  • Brett F.
    Burgers are very good. The Sunday night lasagna is fantastic. A bit of a tourist trap. Prices are high, but so is the quality of the food.
    Brett Fromme · January 30
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  • Frank S.
    This was one of Frank's All-Time favorites. He loved to pop in to PJ'S for a Burger a couple Jack Daniels with friends. PJ's been around forever and thankfully has lost none of its Old World Charm
    Frank S · February 22, 2012
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  • Annie A.
    New management completely ruined this place. Perfect example of don't fix what's not broken. Food has gotten worse, more expensive for less value... Bring Back the old pig...
    Annie Alfstad · November 8, 2014
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  • Treyci
    ive eaten a lot of calamari but the one here is damn good. Tator tots are good, there's mashed potato inside! Skirt steak is delis, no sauce needed.
    Treyci · April 14, 2010
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  • Serious Eats
    The burgers have just the right amount of char to give the surface some crunchy, chewy bits to play against the soft, juicy interior.
    Serious Eats · February 15, 2013
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  • Untapped Cities
    This bar was frequented by the likes of Buddy Holly, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mercer, JFK, and Dick Clark. Try the bacon cheeseburger, dubbed "the Cadillac of burgers" by Nat King Cole.
    Untapped Cities · July 30, 2013
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  • Gary J.
    Hasn't changed since I was here last time, which was over seven years ago. In my opinion that's no bad thing. Fantastic; a must visit.
    Gary Johnston · July 19, 2014
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  • WillMcD
    The beer comes in mid size mugs and the burgers are incredible. Go with simply bun w/ a little extra. don't over do it. I love it here.
    WillMcD · October 23, 2012
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  • JenKudu
    One of the the best Tom Collins I've ever had! The burger is really good, but not the best in NYC. Fried Mac and cheese is tasty.
    JenKudu · March 8, 2013
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  • Frank S.
    One of New York's Coolest Old Bars, "and It's Not Downtown" ? Amazing! This was one of SINATRA'S Favorites and will become one of your's too. Read more
    Frank S · April 24, 2012
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  • Ariadna G.
    very good hamburgers in a nyc's classic! we had the apple pie too (really really good!!)
    Ariadna Grané · March 31, 2015
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  • Brandon M.
    PJ Clarke's building on 3rd Ave was built in 1868, becoming a bar in 1884. It became a destination for the rich & famous, including Elizabeth Taylor, Jackie Kennedy, & Nat King Cole. - From Eater NY
    Brandon McGraw · November 27, 2012
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  • jiresell
    The original and classic location. Had the Clarke burger with raw onion. Delicious and worth traveling uptown for the meal.
    jiresell · December 29, 2015
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  • Jon h.
    Excellent burger. Very similar to other old school burger joints like J.G. Melon. If it's your first time, go for the cadillac.
    Jon hoffman · September 11, 2014
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  • Ariadna G.
    Very good hamburgers! and delicious apple pie for dessert! full of people so be prepared to wait around 20 min for a table
    Ariadna Grané · March 30, 2015
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  • rosie s.
    Some of the best burgers in Manhattan! Go for the classic but add cheddar. And don't miss brussels sprouts as a side!
    rosie siman · May 4, 2012
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  • Jon h.
    Get the cadillac burger. Medium rare. Take your first bite before defiling it with any condiments. You won't need them.
    Jon hoffman · July 7, 2014
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  • Allison M.
    Boddingtons on Tap and the jumbo shrimp chop salad - yummy. Start with Tomahawk and fishers island oysters from the raw bar.
    Allison Marcinczyk · October 15, 2011
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