P.J. Clarke's

P.J. Clarke's

Pub, Burger Joint, and American Restaurant$$$$
Midtown East, New York
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  • Andrea D.
    "Fantastic cadillac burger and fantastic service."(13 Tips)
    BIG D
    "shoe string fries and a brooklyn lager or 2 or 3. Sooo goood!"(3 Tips)
    Tom E.
    "Best place for a burger and oyster in the city"(10 Tips)
    nicole M.
    "Get the cheeseburger with sharp cheddar, bacon and bearnaise sauce."(14 Tips)
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  • Pinkwhiskey g.
    Pinkwhiskey girlJuly 26, 2016
    the Clark burger with whiskey onions, Cabot cheddar, smoked bacon, & avocado. It truly was one of THE best burgers I've had! For dessert the New York Cheesecake with a blueberry compote!
    Upvoted Aug 21
  • Erik C.
    Erik CintronMarch 30, 2015
    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!!
  • First We Feast
    First We FeastAugust 3, 2014
    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
    Upvoted Sep 17
  • Rami A.
    Rami AlKhowaiterDecember 12, 2014
    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.
  • Rupert N.
    Rupert NoffsMay 17, 2016
    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!
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupNovember 21, 2013
    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!
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkAugust 7, 2013
    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
  • Eater
    EaterSeptember 12
    P.J. Clarke's is where you eat in Midtown East when you're stuck working late on a Monday. But understand others will have the same idea, and not all of those people will be sober. Read more
  • PureWow
    PureWowDecember 18, 2015
    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
  • Paddy
    PaddyMay 24, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Love this place. The burgers make any New Yorkers "top 10" list. Great traditional New York bar. They make an awesome (but expensive @ $16) Bloody Mary too. Friendly bartenders and a local crowd.
  • Jennifer A.
    Jennifer AndersonAugust 14, 2015
    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.
  • Alexandros C.
    Alexandros CMarch 29, 2014
    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!!
  • Frank S.
    Frank SFebruary 23, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatNovember 30, 2011
    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.
  • Eduardo D.
    Eduardo DamascenoOctober 27, 2013
    Very nice food and service! The chopped Sirloin is amazing! The Caddilac is very good but by the reviews I expected more.
  • Djaniella D.
    Djaniella D.December 10, 2014
    "The Cadillac" is honestly one of the best burgers I've ever had! Reasonable price for a juicy, delicious burger.
  • IWalked Audio Tours
    IWalked Audio ToursNovember 24, 2012
    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
  • Match T.
    Match ThisflyJuly 8, 2014
    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.
  • Welcome to College
    Welcome to CollegeFebruary 4, 2011
    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!
  • Rich G.
    Rich GallagherOctober 25, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    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.
  • Caro F.
    Caro FauneDecember 26, 2016
    Trying the traditional burger, yummy! And I really liked the Brooklyn lager beer. Totally recommend it!
  • Catherine C.
    Catherine COctober 29, 2012
    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!
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsFebruary 15, 2013
    The burgers have just the right amount of char to give the surface some crunchy, chewy bits to play against the soft, juicy interior.
  • BIG D
    BIG DFebruary 27, 2012
    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.
  • Mark P.
    Mark PerryJanuary 26, 2012
    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.
  • WillMcD
    WillMcDOctober 23, 2012
    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.
  • Francis U.
    Francis UdlerSeptember 9, 2013
    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).
  • Michelle A.
    Michelle AlexanderMarch 26, 2015
    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.
  • Susan R.
    Susan RellaJanuary 25, 2012
    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.
  • 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.
  • Frank S.
    Frank SFebruary 22, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    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
  • Ariadna G.
    Ariadna GranéMarch 31, 2015
    very good hamburgers in a nyc's classic! we had the apple pie too (really really good!!)
  • Chris E.
    Chris EvansJuly 23, 2014
    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.
  • JenKudu
    JenKuduMarch 8, 2013
    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.
  • Denis M.
    Denis MoskaletsOctober 17, 2015
    Awesome! Nice old pub with authentic interior. The cadilac burger good. Very quick, moderate prices
  • Jason 6.
    Jason 64128February 23, 2012
    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.
  • Ofir W.
    Ofir WeinstockFebruary 17
    Lovely service and good old American comfort food served fresh and yummy! Crab cakes are a delight as well as garlic fries!
  • Jon h.
    Jon hoffmanSeptember 11, 2014
    Excellent burger. Very similar to other old school burger joints like J.G. Melon. If it's your first time, go for the cadillac.
  • jiresell
    jiresellDecember 29, 2015
    The original and classic location. Had the Clarke burger with raw onion. Delicious and worth traveling uptown for the meal.
  • Renee M.
    Renee MaslikhovAugust 16, 2011
    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.
  • Frank S.
    Frank SApril 24, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    One of New York's All-Time Great Bars and one of Frank's favorites.. They say PJ Clarke's inspired One For My Baby famously sung by Frank, written by Johnny Mercer ... "Set Em Up Joe" Read more
  • Jon h.
    Jon hoffmanJuly 7, 2014
    Get the cadillac burger. Medium rare. Take your first bite before defiling it with any condiments. You won't need them.
  • Gary J.
    Gary JohnstonJuly 19, 2014
    Best burgers in New York by far. Actually I'll go out on a limb and say they're the best burgers I've ever tasted.
  • Ariadna G.
    Ariadna GranéMarch 30, 2015
    Very good hamburgers! and delicious apple pie for dessert! full of people so be prepared to wait around 20 min for a table
  • Brett F.
    Brett FrommeJanuary 30, 2016
    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.
  • Gary J.
    Gary JohnstonJuly 19, 2014
    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.
  • Frank S.
    Frank SApril 24, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    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
  • rosie (.
    Some of the best burgers in Manhattan! Go for the classic but add cheddar. And don't miss brussels sprouts as a side!
  • alwysfashionablylate
    Love love love PJ Clarke’s. We make an annual trip here - order a classic or Cadillac with shoestring fries.
  • Pierre v.
    Pierre van MedgeAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The burgers are simple, but the meat is really delicious. Also, their size is reasonable, not huge. The fries are great!
  • Chaz F.
    Chaz FlexmanOctober 28, 2012
    This is legitimately the best burger I've had in my life and I don't say that lightly. Get The Cadillac. Have a beer. Enjoy.
  • Untapped Cities
    Untapped CitiesJuly 30, 2013
    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.
  • eric f.
    eric freidAugust 9, 2014
    Amazingly amazing town Bloody Mary. Go for the bloody standard.
  • Myer
    MyerNovember 13, 2015
    Shepherd's pie is phenomenal. Wash it down with 3 pints of Guinness (at least). Preferably in the middle of the day.
  • nicole M.
    nicole MarieNovember 15, 2012
    Get the cheeseburger with sharp cheddar, bacon and bearnaise sauce. Best cheeseburger I had on our trip!!!
  • Luis M.
    Luis MendozaAugust 17, 2014
    If it's your first time here, you MUST have the Cadillac and the Cheesecake, you won't regret it!
  • Allison M.
    Allison MarcinczykOctober 15, 2011
    Boddingtons on Tap and the jumbo shrimp chop salad - yummy. Start with Tomahawk and fishers island oysters from the raw bar.
  • Brandon M.
    Brandon McGrawNovember 27, 2012
    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
  • Zach B.
    Zach BarkusMay 5, 2012
    For starters, try the bacon wrapped dates- they're out of this world. They also make a mean Nutty Irishman!
  • Chris M.
    Chris MallonAugust 19
    Cadillac burger was pretty cheap by NYC standards and defo hit the spot. Also the onion strings were great 👍
  • alwysfashionablylate
    alwysfashionablylateDecember 14, 2014
    Everything. But must try: The Cadillac burger with onion strings. You won't regret it.
  • Compass
    CompassMay 16, 2014
    The old-time burger bistro is known for its jukebox, chalkboard menu, and signature home fries.
  • Jon W.
    Jon WilliamsOctober 12, 2014
    great food, even late at night --say hello to Brian, a fine fellow, and professional barkeeper
  • Tanya J.
    Nice atmosphere - turkey burger was really good. You must order the onion strings - delicious!
  • Mari S.
    Mari SheibleyOctober 28, 2012
    Come up here for a drink after eating downstairs. Take your time walking up the stairs and look at all the old photos and maps of NYC.
  • Frank S.
    Frank SFebruary 23, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    BEST BAR on New YORK'S Upper East Side . an area Not Known for Cool places. You usually need to Go DOWNTOWN
  • Russell H.
    Russell HirschornMarch 21, 2015
    Old school nyc no doubt, good burgers absolutely, raw bar bonus, go see the another historic burger on 73
  • John B.
    John BolenFebruary 25, 2013
    The Mac & Cheese side is great, but make it even better by asking for some buffalo sauce on the side.
  • Talis L.
    Talis LinMarch 17, 2012
    Amazing burgers. Onion strings bring me back to my childhood. Insider tip, skip the front door and enter via the side entrance to skip crowded bar area.
  • Carlos
    CarlosOctober 21, 2014
    One of the oldest and best pubs in NY. Taste benedict eggs, it's magnifique! Olé!
  • Scott
    ScottJune 2, 2012
    They uses to have the best ribs but no more. Ask for them when you go and maybe they will bring them back.
  • Heather B.
    Heather BumpassDecember 13, 2015
    A chill place for a beer, burger, and oysters on the half shell. Good crowd and friendly service.
  • Meghann M.
    Meghann MorinNovember 28, 2011
    The lobster Mac n cheese is the best I've ever had. It's full of chunks of lobster, not what you usually find.
  • RDW
    RDWFebruary 1, 2010
    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
  • Jim R.
    Jim RossMarch 22, 2011
    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.
  • Heather B.
    Heather BumpassDecember 13, 2015
    Great crowd and friendly service! We had a blast!
  • Small Demons
    Small DemonsOctober 6, 2012
    [B]eing that saloon where Ray Milland in his splendid evocation of Don Burnham, the unwriting writer, had drunk his drinks and dreamed his dreams.—Frederick Exley, A Fan's Notes Read more
  • Samantha L.
    Samantha LimApril 16, 2013
    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.
  • Julie F.
    Julie FJune 26, 2011
    Try the Iceberg Wedge Salad - So. Good. They do it perfectly here. It's like a perfected craft.
  • Nate B.
    Nate BennettAugust 15, 2011
    This place has been the same restaurant under the same ownership since the 1800s. The steaks are amazing.
  • Andrea G.
    Andrea GambardellaJuly 21, 2010
    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
  • Civ V.
    Civ VicMarch 1, 2014
    It's a simple concept. Classic great food! Barish atmosphere. Loved it you will too.
  • Javier L.
    Javier LorenzoSeptember 2, 2014
    The Cadillac, best burger in NYC!!! We love it
  • Christin V.
    Christin VApril 19, 2011
    Same terrific burgers as the bar, but the place is a lot quieter and less packed. Order mushrooms and bacon with your burger.
  • Trae F.
    Trae FMay 17, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Cheers! I love this place. Feels like you've gone back to a bygone era in here.
  • Lily
    LilyJanuary 8, 2015
    Everything is a la carte. Quality burgers, great clientele.
  • Alex M.
    Alex MizrahiJune 17, 2013
    "First time I went to P.J. Clarke's, oh, hell, a few years ago now, I was drunk at the bar with a bunch of friends and we turned to watch this old dude with a golden cigar tube poking out of his..." Read more
  • Andrea D.
    Andrea Di GesareJune 12, 2014
    Fantastic cadillac burger and fantastic service. Best in nyb
  • Esquire
    EsquireJanuary 31, 2011
    Congratulations, you've found one of Esquire's Best Bars in America. Now fight your way to the bar and get yourself a Guinness and a cheeseburger.
  • Andrew D.
    Andrew D.November 29, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Better burgers, service, atmosphere and drinks at Hudson Malone, round the corner.
  • Andy R.
    Andy ReinhardMarch 14, 2013
    Classic burger, creamed spinach and a Makers on the rocks. A+
  • Jan S.
    Jan SichermannJune 10, 2012
    Fries are great, get roquefort sauce with it -- amazingly delicious!
  • Tabitha J.
    Tabitha JohnsonAugust 10, 2016
    Good burgers and Mac&cheese. Try the zucchini chips.
  • Treyci
    TreyciApril 14, 2010
    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.
  • DPKM
    DPKMNovember 18, 2011
    Bloodies and Burgers (specifically the Cadillac). And you gotta go with the tots.
  • Amanda A.
    Amanda AvneryJanuary 24
    Oysters on point! Decorated with old newspaper clippings and notes. Love it!
  • Diego R.
    Diego RufoApril 5, 2011
    One of the greatest hamburguer restaurants in NY (if not the best). A must! Read more
  • Julia M.
    Julia MontiDecember 22, 2015
    Pricy, but a great after work spot. Lots of good looking businessmen.
  • Kurt M.
    Kurt MApril 13, 2011
    The burgers are fantastic and see Justin at the bar. He really understands how to give good service!!
  • Irene A.
    Irene AurovskyFebruary 12, 2016
    The music, the drinks and overall atmosphere are great!!!!
  • Ana C.
    Ana CAugust 9, 2015
    Hamburguesa buenísima! De las mejores que he probado, sobre todo la Cadillac y a un precio adecuado. Cheese cake súper recomendable, aunque algo cara para el tamaño. El metre muy eficaz y organizado
  • Ale M.
    Ale MalvaezJanuary 3, 2015
    Los onion rings son los mejores! Hamburguesa con champiñones buenisima, de postre cheese cake increible un must.
  • Omar L.
    Omar LoggiaAugust 16, 2016
    PJ Clarke es un famoso bar de Nueva York de estilo irlandés que se fundó en 1884. PJ Clarke's tiene varios locales en la ciudad pero el original es el situado en el nº 915
  • Alessandro F.
    Alessandro FuselliFebruary 2, 2015
    Ottimi Hamburger di qualità e servizio veloce! Puoi scegliere anche la cottura della carne dell'hamburger: al sangue, media o ben cotta! Da tornarci!
  • Pietro D.
    Pietro Di LegnoApril 18, 2016
    scrive Costa: è un’istituzione, edificio di mattoni tra i grattacieli; Jackie Kennedy ci portava i figli, Frank Sinatra ci andava la notte; l’hamburger è all’altezza della situazione. Gran Bloody Mary
  • Andrés N.
    Andrés NeherApril 19, 2011
    @elRetoBurger la burger increíble! Pueden pedir queso sobre las papas fritas (no esta en el menu). No dejen de probar el Cheese Cake! Un monstruo
  • Alan x.
    Alan x el mundoNovember 5, 2014
    Muy buenas hamburguesas y gran ambiente! Pidan los tater tots de entrada.
  • Manuela T.
    Manuela TencaAugust 7, 2014
    Birreria molto caratteristica: birra strepitosa, ottimi hamburger, servizio di qualità
  • Carlos J.
    Carlos JimenoAugust 25, 2011
    Un lugar con historia y mucho encanto, se puede comer desde ostras a una buena hamburguesa. La cheesecake, brutal.
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