Clarkson
Clarkson

Clarkson

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://clarksonrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (212) 675-2474
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday: 11:30am-1:30am
    Tuesday-Friday: 11:30am-2:30am
    Saturday: 4:00pm-2:30am
    Sunday: closed
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Rebecca Weitzman
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Clarkson St.
  • Public Transit: Subway: 1 at Houston Street and A,C,E,B,D,F,M at West 4th Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is a public parking lot at 375 Hudson Street.
A word from Clarkson
Clarkson draws from European and American dining experiences to create a contemporary bistro in the West Village, and offers Southern European-inspired seasonal dishes by Chef Rebecca Weitzman, an innovative cocktail list and a discerning wine program.

Clarkson is proud of its extensive menu, which features an impressive raw bar, charcuterie (both house-made and imported), a large selection of cheeses, as well as appetizers and main courses.
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Clarkson reviews from OpenTable diners
12 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating3.3
  • Food3.4
    Service3.3
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
40% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (7)vibrant bar scene (5)fit for foodies (3)neighborhood gem (2)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Nothing to write home about
    MontanaVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Got seated in an out of the way place. Service was awful and the food was alright but nothing mind-blowing. If I did return, I would stay in the bar area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 11 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.4
    • Food3.5
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service3.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 39 reviews are from the Clarkson reviews archive.
  • Drink, Don't Eat
    JDub
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Great bar with friendly bar staff. It stops there. Oysters?? Happy hour advertised dollar oysters . . . but NO, not if you have sat down to a table, then they're 3 each. Food -- not so much. The "house favorite," crispy artichokes are actually totally gluggy deep-fried fat bombs with no flavor and not very crispy. The trumpet mushroom salad with Piave Vecchio cheese is pretty good, but minimal Piave Vecchio. The mini-tenderloin was fine. Rhode Island fried calamari were acceptable but nowhere near what is possible at so many other bars in NYC. Service was not friendly and not offhand, not slow and not fast. Basically they're trading off their bar scene which is really nice in the evening. Don't go there for the food. DO NOT GET THE CHOKES!
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  • Great Service
    domiflixVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    This is a great neighborhood spot with great food and excellent service. Check it out.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was fine staff was
    StacyVIP
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    Service was fine staff was nice food was marginal plus I hate paying for refills of iced tea..
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Would not recommend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    it was empty at 1:00pm for Sunday brunch - limited staff so terrible service. My burger that was asked for Medium was closer to rare Will not go back
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  • Disappointing
    Janebg
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Restaurant was very noisy -- could not talk to my table-mate. They should decide if they are a club or a restaurant because for the prices one does not get a "fine dining experience" or anything even close. Waiter abandoned us mid-meal and we essentially never saw him again No one offered coffee and when we tried to find a server to help us, we could not. Definitely overpriced for the service, the ambience and the food quality. I live in the neighborhood and would not return.
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  • Good food
    Amz422VIP
    Dined on 12/5/2013
    Solid menu, and very nice atmosphere. Laid back and not too noisy for lunch. Took clients out here, and it was a hit.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gem
    CaressaandDavid
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    This restaurant popped up in a space that has seen a lot of restaurants come and go, but this little gem is still there! It is located on a busy street, but by the way they have designed the restaurant (the bar is near the street and the restaurant is at the back of the location where is is a lot more quiet) they have really done well with the layout of the place! The food is great, the servers are knowledgable and friendly! If you want a great meal, not very expensive, and tasty, then this place is perfect!
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AMAZING SPOT!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    Food, service, ambiance! LOVED LOVED! Highly recommend for a date, special occasion, a group dinner, etc. Hope this one sticks around for a while!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't let this one get away
    Andy
    Dined on 10/9/2013
    Although the spot is a little out of the way, it is worth the trek. The food was phenomenal and the wait staff could not have been more attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Sounded better than it tasted
    Eatergal
    Dined on 10/9/2013
    Good menu but I found all the food kind of blah and boring. Great service but they have a long way to go to catch up with their menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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  • Service was pleasant and nice.
    GregVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2013
    Service was pleasant and nice. The food was nothing special. I ordered a beef burger with cheese served with freshly made potato chips. The chips were soggy, as if they had been around for a while and warmed. Burger was pretty tasteless. I've had better tasting burgers from fast food restaurants.
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  • First Timer, Will Return!
    JustC
    Dined on 7/30/2013
    I enjoy Le Circle Rouge, by same owners, and first time out I'd say 'great job!' Summer menu delicious - great plates for sharing, nice wine list, friendly staff. I will go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunchtime find!
    NYCSCHVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2013
    I was extremely surprised (and pleased) with the lunch I had at Clarkson. The raw bar was excellent and the variety of foods available on the menu really refreshing. It also has great sides. For people who have sensitive diets (lactose/gluten etc) this is a great option as there are many choices for everyone without having to reinvent a dish. The price point is also extremely reasonable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food But Check Your Bill
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/16/2013
    Maybe it was just the waiter we had but they brought us 3 things we didn't order, one being an extra plate of duck, another being a salad we thought was what we ordered but ended up eating it and realizing later on the bill it wasn't, and then the 3rd an entree we didn't order. We politely told them about the 2 plates we were aware of which turned out to be for the table nearby. Then the bill came, which seemed high but it was my birthday dinner so my friends paid with a smile. However, right before we left one of them decided to check the bill and noticed that we were not only charged for the duck and entree, but ANOTHER duck plate. We notified our new waitress and she apologized and fixed it so there wasn't an issue but check your bill!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy & Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    This location has had many restaurants over a short period of time and I'm afraid it's not the food they served but the location. Clarkson had great food. My soft shell crabs with pea puree was awesome, as was my friends chop. My beet salad was an ample portion and delicious. Very nice wait staff and quick service. Our food came out so fast, but it was so quiet for a Saturday night. I hope people discover it or it will be another fatal closing. Note: Clarkson are also the owners of Le Singe Vert in Chelsea.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Welcomed Addition to the Nabe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/25/2013
    Clarkson has so many things going for it and so far, it's really coming together - nice ambience which is very different in the the three sections of the restaurant; service that becomes more professional with each visit; both traditional and more edgy well-prepared and presented food; a spectacular bar and a visible management that helps maintains standards. As for the Greenwich Village restaurant scene, the restaurant is at the corner of nowhere which is one of the reasons so many establishment have come and gone from there in a short time. We hope the Clarkson folks keep up the good work so we can continue to enjoy it and tell all our friends to do the same.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best HH in New York
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/24/2013
    I had the best Blue Point oysters (dollar each) during happy hour - the rest of the menu is epic. Just opened and truly refreshing take on continental cuisine. The horseshoe bar is stunning.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/31/2013
    We had a great time at the Clarkson. I have been once before and it was equally as good. The service was outstanding, very attentive without being overbearing. Look forward to going back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fun
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000
    Dined on 5/30/2013
    Happy,nice people greeting and serving. Delicious interesting food. Great ambiance. Very decent prices. So easy to have a fun evening here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it!
    kbow722VIP
    Dined on 5/29/2013
    My husband and I have been here twice now and have been very happy with everything! Love the food, the service is excellent and the space is really well designed. The bar is particularly pretty (and huge!) - plus the specialty cocktails are delicious and meticulously made with fresh herbs and garnishes. This is a fun place for happy hour and even better that you can stay and enjoy an excellent dinner afterward. We're adding it to our list of favorites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My Favorite New Place
    FoodDoctorVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    This was my second time at Clarkson. The food is delicious and consistently so. The service is attentive withut being pandering. I loved the well crafted cocktails and delicious oysters to start. All the dishes were flavorful and unique without being overwhelmed by sauces or too much seasoning. The room has a cool vibe and is neither too noisy nor cramped. After many attempts to establish a decent restaurant in this location, Clarkson has hit a homerun and is my favorite new place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GEM
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/8/2013
    At last- a great place on this historically horrible corner of Varick and Clarkson. The new owners took the interior and completely refashioned it into a beautiful space. Great winelist and menu too. This one's going to last.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, great for lunch
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  • In a word: Fabulous!!
    kbow722VIP
    Dined on 4/28/2013
    This place is great! The food is excellent and the service is excellent. I had the duck confit and my husband had the NY Strip - both were perfect and very tasty! I ordered a glass on pinot noir to have with my main and the waiter took the time to suggest an alternate that he thought would be better with the duck. It was totally the right call and really made the meal. Plus the interior is so pretty! The decor is fabulous and the bar is a work of art. And the specialty cocktails on the menu are awesome! Inventive and yummy! I can't wait to go back!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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  • Absolutely delicious. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/28/2013
    Absolutely delicious. The chef has created a really special and delicious menu, and you can tell the food has been crafted with thought and care. Absolutely loved it.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • I love this place. Finally
    FoodDoctorVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    I love this place. Finally a great neighborhood restaurant in a formerly wanting location. The service was outstanding and welcoming without pandering. The food was delicious, and the waiter knowledgeable about menu choices. Great drinks, and dessert too! I'll be back, and often.
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  • Went for my mom's birthday,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    Went for my mom's birthday, was great!! Already recommended it
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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  • Doomed to Fail (Again)
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    Incredibly loud music in early evening, despite requests to moderate the noise level. Food was over-priced, under-cooked and tasteless. This restaurant is located at same location as several failed restaurants before it, and will suffer the same fate.
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  • Great food with generous portions.
    BeccaFVIP
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    Great food with generous portions. Cocktails were also outstanding - our server recommended his favorites, and we really enjoyed them!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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  • Get rid of the band - at brunch
    MiDiaDFWVIP
    Dined on 4/7/2013
    Second time I have been there for brunch. Food and service excellent BUT THE NOISE LEVEL FROM A MUCH TOO LOUD BAND made it IMPOSSIBLE for me and my friends to enjoy the experience. I will go back but only after calling ahead to ensure that there is no entertainment being offered. This venue does NOT lend itself to a band as the surfaces in all direction are "hard". Avoid if there is a band playing in the bar area !!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Nothing special
    RobertVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2013
    OK, a little on the pricey side for what you get. The reason I would not recommend is that it is nothing special or unique for $30 entrees. The service was excellent though. That location is difficult, has been many different restaurants over the past 8 years. I doubt this place will survive. They should turn it into something else, like a supermarket.
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    vibrant bar scene
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  • Yummy Dessert
    Player6464VIP
    Dined on 4/4/2013
    The food was very salty, but the ambience, service and company made up for it. Desserts were excellent!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for Lunch
    brownboynycVIP
    Dined on 4/1/2013
    I hope Clarkson survives on Agency Row. The food is great, but that location is snake-bit. Great for lunch.
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    great for lunch
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  • Great for drinks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 3/26/2013
    Two out of five dishes were great, the trumpet mushroom salad and the NY strip were both done to perfection. Squid oversalted, crispy cauliflower was largely stems too tough to eat, and far from crispy but Nicole seasoned, the steak tartar deviled egg not the best tartar not the best of either. As a place to have a drink and a stray, great. Large and beautiful bar scaled for afterwork crowd should fill up for that alone.
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    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, kid-friendly
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  • Had a really enjoyable meal.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 3/22/2013
    Had a really enjoyable meal. The food was very good, our waiter was geat. Very impressive for a restaurant open only three weeks!
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    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Working out the kinks
    BrownSugarVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2013
    Cojones. It takes a lot of it to open a new restaurant and get everything just right. Just the right menu, just the right theme, just the right location...to attract just the right clientele. The kale salad, charred octopus, scallops and poussin were all earnestly recommended but all fell far short of memorable satisfaction. Still working out the kinks but holds potential promise.
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  • Never again.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/15/2013
    Absolutely the worst dining experience we have had in many years. The white was served warm and the food (porchetta) was tough and grisly, horrible. How could a chef turn out food like that??? The noise was unbearable.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • You could build a house with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/14/2013
    You could build a house with the baseball cut ny strip-atrocious! Otherwise the brussel sprout salad, the steak tartare deviled eggs, and the roasted cauliflower are nice.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service was way too over attentive,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/12/2013
    Service was way too over attentive, they tried to take our food 3-4x when we weren't done simply bc 4 different servers came and checked on us. Got drink orders wrong.
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  • My only complaint would be
    WalisVIP
    Dined on 3/11/2013
    My only complaint would be that serving sizes were small. Otherwise everything really was good.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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