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

SIDECAR at P.J. Clarke's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.pjclarkes.com/
  • Phone: 2123172044
  • 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 6466603404

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.
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SIDECAR at P.J. Clarke's reviews from OpenTable diners
18 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.7
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (8)good for groups (8)neighborhood gem (6)vibrant bar scene (3)fit for foodies (3)special occasion (3)hot spot (2)romantic (1)notable wine list (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
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    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Food was good, as expected. Nice ambiance. Service was ok - our server never came and we ended up being served by I think the bartender who did a good job but all ended up being a bit slow then
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Super underwhelmed
    GatorDiningVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Aside from being buzzed in, there is not special about the ambiance of this place. It is not very "swanky" as young children were present...definitely did not get the speakeasy vibe at all. For starters, we had the tuna tacos and stuffed mushrooms. The tacos were okay and the mushrooms lacked salt and the goat cheese was way overdone. My boyfriend had a burger and fries, which were tasty. I had the lemon chicken and a side of brussel sprouts. The chicken was swimming in some kind of tasteless oil and it was served with potatoes chips for $23. The brussel spouts were undercooked, tasteless and the bacon bits were burnt to a crisp. It really tasted like I was eating undercooked spouts doused in burnt grease. Not recommended. GO GATORS!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun Bistro Atmosphere
    TRBRK
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Lively scene especially with bar area between the two seating areas. Tall ceiling, brick walls and wood floor and ceiling. Low key way to enjoy a good meal, especially steak or seafood, if you like it lively. Still easy to carry on regular conversation.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Good
    nickname1VIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    All-around good place for business meals. Clubby feel, especially speakeasy-type side door with video buzzer for entry.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sidecar
    CANYCVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    You have to enter through a side door after being buzzed in, like an old speakeasy. Food was simple and delicious, and the waitstaff was excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great hostess
    erock00008
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    the hostess was very attentive to guests and assisting staff. she really runs the flor exceptionally.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic NY dining experience
    ei8htohms
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The service is very professional and the food is top notch. I don't recommend the burger frankly, but the steaks are pretty amazing.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch in NYC
    Miche
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Wanted to end our holidays in NYC in a hot spot for american burgers we choose PJ for its celebrity… It was a deception, the burger was not better than anywhere else but more expansive. The waiter was not very attentive.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 10 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.7
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service3.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 283 reviews are from the SIDECAR at P.J. Clarke's reviews archive.
  • Loved the food and loved the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 1/29/2013
    Loved the food and loved the service. Will plan to go back as often as I can.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Still doing brisk and bustling
    JackAGordonVIP
    Dined on 1/16/2013
    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!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Given its location and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 1/14/2013
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Lobster Mac and cheese
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 1/11/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We went to SIDECAR because
    EstherP
    Dined on 1/9/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Selected venue based on reviews
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful Room. Excellent
    CbmnyVIP
    Dined on 1/7/2013
    Beautiful Room. Excellent lunch time service. Will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our first time and came upon
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 1/4/2013
    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.
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  • I am always comfortable dining
    FoodforthoughtVIP
    Dined on 12/4/2012
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Seasonally wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/1/2012
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Soprano's Style Entrance
    GaryMVIP
    Dined on 11/28/2012
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Poor Mom but worth it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/26/2012
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Spent Thanksgiving Eve at
    Golfer
    Dined on 11/21/2012
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • VERY NICE MIDTOWN EAST PLACE
    JOEINSOOLINEVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2012
    VERY NICE MIDTOWN EAST PLACE - THE PEOPLE THAT WORK HERE ARE NICE !!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I often have business lunches
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/1/2012
    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.
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  • Real Tater Tots!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/25/2012
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Girls Night Out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/13/2012
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • always love side car service
    deliciousVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2012
    always love side car service food tops hostess gr*t
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The burger was fantastic.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/5/2012
    The burger was fantastic. Only wish at Sidecar they were more willing to trade fries for vegg
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food and service. Reliable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 9/25/2012
    Good food and service. Reliable spot for business lunches.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • we had the Cadillac Burger.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/18/2012
    we had the Cadillac Burger. truly a great burger! Good service too. Fun to be there.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I aleays like the food and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/10/2012
    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
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food, great service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable evening!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/7/2012
    Lovely surroundings .... Good food and great service ...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • quite the business lunch scene
    newyorkerVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2012
    quite the business lunch scene - with solid food and good service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great location for taking
    NewYorkSouthernBelleVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2012
    Great location for taking clients out to dinner! Also right next to midtown!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The staff at Sidecar were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/28/2012
    The staff at Sidecar were very attentive and extremely knowledgable to the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • WE had a fantastic time! The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/22/2012
    WE had a fantastic time! The cobbler was to die for, the skirt steaks perfect! Great - although we ate downstairs, not upstairs!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Had a great experience here,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2012
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The staff was excellent, knowledgab
    JoeInSouthOrange
    Dined on 8/9/2012
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Had to wait for my reserved
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gorgeous, relaxing, classy,
    Srella
    Dined on 8/8/2012
    Gorgeous, relaxing, classy, and fun. Maybe a bit pricey, but aren't most celebrations worth it?
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate