P.J. Clarke's

P.J. Clarke's

Pub, Burger Joint, and American Restaurant$$$$
Midtown East, New York
  • The experts at Time Out New York and Serious Eats recommend this place
    • Time Out New York
    • Serious Eats
  • Andrea D.
    "Fantastic cadillac burger and fantastic service."(12 Tips)
    Tom E.
    "Best place for a burger and oyster in the city"(10 Tips)
    Jan S.
    "Fries are great, get roquefort sauce with it -- amazingly delicious!"(25 Tips)
    Ofir W.
    "Crab cakes are a delight as well as garlic fries!"(7 Tips)
253 Tips and reviews
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  • french fries
  • cheeseburgers
  • oysters
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  • 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!!
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Caro F.
    Caro FauneDecember 26, 2016
    Trying the traditional burger, yummy! And I really liked the Brooklyn lager beer. Totally recommend it!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!!)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Denis M.
    Denis MoskaletsOctober 17, 2015
    Awesome! Nice old pub with authentic interior. The cadilac burger good. Very quick, moderate prices
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • jiresell
    jiresellDecember 29, 2015
    The original and classic location. Had the Clarke burger with raw onion. Delicious and worth traveling uptown for the meal.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • eric f.
    eric freidAugust 9, 2014
    Amazingly amazing town Bloody Mary. Go for the bloody standard.
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