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SIDECAR at P.J. Clarke's
SIDECAR at P.J. Clarke's

SIDECAR at P.J. Clarke's Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.pjclarkes.com
  • Phone: (212) 317-2044
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: No
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Enter SIDECAR through the private entrance on East 55th street & the staircase delivers you to a spacious yet intimate dining room of candlelit crisp white linens, reclaimed wood beamed ceiling & stone topped Osteria bar. Soft leather banquets & Bank of England chairs immediately envelope one in a unique sense of clubby comfort, enhanced by attentive personal service & the quiet calm of a unique refuge. Our food, prepared in our own kitchen is classic American; Steaks, Chops, Seafood & Raw Bar complimented by a New World wine list & traditional cocktails. The understated elegance of SIDECAR lends itself equally to Boardroom dinners, Holiday parties & Wedding celebrations. Larger Groups Cocktail Parties & Seated Dinners up to 30 Exclusive Room Books: Cocktail Parties, Seated/Buffet Dinner: Up to 120.
    If you are interested in hosting a private event please reach out to PrivateaffairsNY@pjclarkes.com.
  • Private Party Contact: Lindsay Mazal - PrivateaffairsNY@pjclarkes.com (646) 660-3404

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 55th Street between 2nd & 3rd Avenues
  • Public Transit: 6 train to 51st Street & Lexington Avenue or 59th Street & Lexington Avenue E or V trains to 53rd Street & Lexington Avenue N R W trains to 59th Street & Lexington Avenue
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available at the GMC 919 Third Avenue Garage @ 229 East 55th Street Between 2nd & 3rd Avenues or the MPG Adonis Parking Garage @ 201 East 56th Street Between 2nd & 3rd Avenues
A word from SIDECAR at P.J. Clarke's
SIDECAR is PJ Clarke's handsome semi-private upstairs dining room. The birthplace of Patrick Joseph Clarke himself, for 50 years, it was a musty antiques office. Now, its wood beamed ceiling, exposed brick walls hung with fine art, and long seemingly endless space welcomes diners to one of Manhattan's most intimate dining rooms. You enter Sidecar through a special entrance on East 55th Street. The menu, prepared in Sidecar’s own kitchen, is Steaks, Chops, Seafood and Raw Bar. And, there's always the PJ’s Hamburger. Whether seated on the long banquets that run the entire length of the room, or at a table on the main floor, Bank of England chairs immediately envelope one in a unique sense of clubby comfort. An extensive wine collection, personal attention and the quiet calm of a unique refuge complete the experience. Please note - SIDECAR at P.J. Clarke's does not accept walk-ins. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Loved the food and loved the service. Will plan to go back as often as I can."
    Dined on 1/29/2013
  • "Still doing brisk and bustling business after so many years, the Sidecar was and remains a viable venue, particularly for business lunches. Great oysters, salads and burgers. I was disappointed to see that the sliced sirloin has come off the menu, the iceberg wedge shrank and, saddest of all, the turkey club has been completely revamped. It used to come on hand-sliced artisinal bread with delectable doorsteps of freshly roasted turkey and a Peter Luger-worthy slab of hickory-smoked bacon, as well as the obligatory L&T. Now it is served on a toasted rye (two slices) with some flakes of bacon and thinly sliced turkey. Still $18, though. If I want a turkey deli sandwich, I'll go to a deli. Please bring back the old club!"
    Dined on 1/16/2013
  • "Given its location and the semi-private setting Sidecar could be a great place. Unfortunately, the food can be inexcusably bad. For a recent business lunch both my guest and I ordered the entree-sized Grilled Chicken Caesar. What we were served can only be described as a piece of cold and completely dry chicken breast grilled hours before (or who knows when) presented on a bed of chopped lettuce completely devoid of any dressing or seasoning. We briefly considered sending back the food but concluded that the better course of action would be simply never to return to the restaurant."
    Dined on 1/14/2013
  • "The Lobster Mac and cheese was delicious. This is not a quiet restaurant. It is full of energy and very busy during the lunch hour. Service is prompt and friendly."
    Dined on 1/11/2013
  • "We went to SIDECAR because we were going as a group of 7 and they took reservations. The food was very good, we had a very attentive waiter and we all enjoyed the meal. The only thing I would recommend is to add a veggie burger or a portobello burger to the menu for those who do not eat beef and are not in the mood for a big chicken platter."
    Dined on 1/9/2013
  • "Selected venue based on reviews on Yelp and TripAdvisor. We were looking for a decent lunch spot for a business meeting where people from different cities were converging, and none of us were local. We needed to be able to hear one another and not be packed in to a crowded place. Sidecar totally fit the bill. Great ambiance, food was very good, loved the service and it was reasonably quiet. Thanks!"
    Dined on 1/9/2013
  • "Beautiful Room. Excellent lunch time service. Will return."
    Dined on 1/7/2013
  • "Our first time and came upon it after shopping in the midtown area Bloomies, Urban Outfitters, Ethan Allen. The Food was good and service outstanding. Management actually came to out table and welcomed us, nice touch. The brick and wood walls made for a warm and comfortable feeling after shopping in 30 degree weather."
    Dined on 1/4/2013
  • "I am always comfortable dining at Sidecar..whether I am dining with a client or just friends...the restaurant is a nice change from the hustle and bustle of P.J.'s downstairs...and the food and service is truly fantastic!"
    Dined on 12/4/2012
  • "I went with the family during the Christmas season. The ambiance and the relaxed atmosphere was great, the setting and interior was done well. The service was always responsive and came around often enough to keep us happy but not too often that it was annoying. Plus, the staff seemed genuinely happy."
    Dined on 12/1/2012
  • "This place is everything you want in an old-school NYC Steak House. From the hidden entrance to the 'secretive' staircase. Your guests will think you're taking them somewhere to whack them rather than treat them to a fantastic dining experience. To be honest this wasn't the 'best' meal I've had in NYC, but it was still pretty fantastic. What the food lacked (which wasn't much) the ambiance and staff more than made up for. Highly recommended. Especially if you find yourself on the East Side and kind of lost."
    Dined on 11/28/2012
  • "This was a great place to take my son and 6 friends, aged 26, who are all on the road to successful careers. Just wish for my pocketbook's sake they hadn't all ordered steaks! Oh well, a really fun time with unobtrusive service which never interrupted the conversation. Poor mom, but it was a fun time."
    Dined on 11/26/2012
  • "Spent Thanksgiving Eve at the restaurant. Multiple service personnel supported our waitress and the food was great. We will definitely be going back to PJs!"
    Dined on 11/21/2012
  • "VERY NICE MIDTOWN EAST PLACE - THE PEOPLE THAT WORK HERE ARE NICE !!!"
    Dined on 11/21/2012
  • "I often have business lunches at Sidecar. The food and service are outstanding. It can get rather loud during peak times, but the food totally makes up for it."
    Dined on 11/1/2012
  • "Had a great biz lunch here. The tater tots were ridiculously good and their special ketchup added a nice twist to an already awesome burger. My mom used to come here in the '50's when working for NBC's Steve Allen show. You can sense that the place still has the same charm as back in the day. Attentive, friendly, and personal service as well."
    Dined on 10/25/2012
  • "This was my second time at P.J. Clarke's and it's becoming one of my favorite restaurants in NYC. The food and drinks are great and our waiter, Hanif, was absolutely amazing. He made the evening! Only down side was a table full of kids at 10:30 in the evening on one side and another table of extremely rude patrons on the other. Unfortunately the restaurant cannot pick their guests."
    Dined on 10/13/2012
  • "always love side car service food tops hostess gr*t"
    Dined on 10/5/2012
  • "The burger was fantastic. Only wish at Sidecar they were more willing to trade fries for vegg"
    Dined on 10/5/2012
  • "Good food and service. Reliable spot for business lunches."
    Dined on 9/25/2012
  • "we had the Cadillac Burger. truly a great burger! Good service too. Fun to be there."
    Dined on 9/18/2012
  • "I aleays like the food and service at this historic gem. it is never crowded and I like the comfort, ambience and personal attention i always get"
    Dined on 9/10/2012
  • "Good food, great service. We went for lunch and had no issues getting right to our table. If you go, be sure to try the Lobster Macaroni."
    Dined on 9/10/2012
  • "Lovely surroundings .... Good food and great service ..."
    Dined on 9/7/2012
  • "quite the business lunch scene - with solid food and good service."
    Dined on 9/5/2012
  • "Great location for taking clients out to dinner! Also right next to midtown!"
    Dined on 8/29/2012
  • "The staff at Sidecar were very attentive and extremely knowledgable to the menu."
    Dined on 8/28/2012
  • "WE had a fantastic time! The cobbler was to die for, the skirt steaks perfect! Great - although we ate downstairs, not upstairs!"
    Dined on 8/22/2012
  • "Had a great experience here, but had hoped for something a little more refined in terms of food and ambiance to match the prices. We were hoping for something more quiet, intimate, and authentic in the ambiance. Next time, I'll skip sidecar and just head to PJ's. I prefer PJ's anyway."
    Dined on 8/16/2012
  • "The staff was excellent, knowledgable and had obviously had some years of experience at the restaurant. I was a limitless put off however about the gushing welcome we received. It was a bit over the top. However, if a staff is going to error it is far better to have it appear too welcoming rather than the reverse. I'm sure we'll go back with friends and guests."
    Dined on 8/9/2012
  • "Had to wait for my reserved table at a small chair at the bar - was not seated - then sent to a small two top at the far end of the room against a wall while everyone was at a 4 top - asked to move - they did not honor request - service was not good dont think I will go back"
    Dined on 8/9/2012
  • "Gorgeous, relaxing, classy, and fun. Maybe a bit pricey, but aren't most celebrations worth it?"
    Dined on 8/8/2012
  • "the service is always just about perfect. they really train their staff well. I always feel as though I'm their best customer when i walk through the door. I usually eat their cob salad and it's usually perfect."
    Dined on 8/7/2012
  • "Food was good though service is what really stood out. Great neighborhood find. Very reasonable prices."
    Dined on 7/19/2012
  • "excellent place was very honest and cared about us as a customer calamari super ,steaks perfect and the crumb apple dessert w/cinnamon ice cream best i have ever had at any restaurant"
    Dined on 7/14/2012
  • "Super old-school New York, totally classic. Exposed brick walls, wood trim, a very skilled bartender, a giant pile of ice on the bar with oysters, Sinatra tunes playing. The food was amazing. Services was mediocre at first, as our table and the table next to us seemed to be ignored. However, I think the staff noticed the problem because the service got remarkably better after the appetizers arrived. Would definitely go back."
    Dined on 7/13/2012
  • "delicious steaks, healthy portions. scallops and ribeye were so good! would definitely return."
    Dined on 6/25/2012
  • "We were there in a group of 4 people and had a great time. Our friends had their daughter with them and the staff did everything they could to make her comfortable during our lunch."
    Dined on 6/14/2012
  • "Always exceptional service from the hostesses to the waitstaff and the kitchen. Food is impeccable. Highly recommend the raw seafood platter-so fresh you can hear the ocean."
    Dined on 6/13/2012
  • "I have always liked Sidecar. The only issue that could have been better was service. I had to ask ffor bread 3 times before it finally came."
    Dined on 6/13/2012