P.J. Clarke's-Lincoln Square

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$30 and under
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Located across from one of New York's premier cultural institutions, Lincoln Center, since 2007. Serving up fresh food, frosty drinks and good, old-fashioned conversation.
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h
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

There was no rush to get us out and I appreciated that.

g
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

PJ Clarke even in basement is noisy!
It is a place for young 30 somethings and not for quiet meal and conversation. Families with rowdy kids were downstairs. Food was good.

AM
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We were seated quickly which was wonderful as we were on a tight schedule due to theater tickets. The waitress attended to us right away as far as taking food and drink orders but then we never saw her again. A food runner brought our meals but did not offer ketchup, napkins, another round of soda and beer... we had no water even though I asked twice. Overall, the food was good, the service was mediocre and I would have loved another beer or at least some water. It was an “ok “ experience- nothing special.

CG
New York Area
88 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great location. Varied menu. Friendly service. Lively atmosphere.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

So loud we could not hear each other

RS
Cleveland
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went there for drinks and some food after a performance at the Met opera. Very convenient and good.

B
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The waiter was terrible. He paid us little attention and got our order wrong. He did talk to another table for a long time.

NJ
New York Area
82 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Classic New York experience, executed perfectly by the friendly and efficient staff. The pub burger is terrific

L
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Had brunch there on Sunday. Breakfast food was lukewarm. Potatoes were dry. It was as if food had been prepared day before and was ready to cook that day. Prices were very expensive, probably reflecting the convenience to Lincoln Center. Bar drinks were very good as was the service.

CM
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have always found the restaurant to be friendly and the food very good. Their prices are reasonable. Its a great place for comfort food. Highly recommend the baby back spare ribs and you cannot beat their hamburgers.

Z
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect! Great service, food and for the location very reasonably priced

BJ
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server, Amanda, was outstanding - very friendly, very helpful, and when she saw that my burger had been very undercooked for my tastes, immediately jumped on it and got me a new one. Really a great representative for your restaurant.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great mussels! Can’t beat the location when going to the Met.

r
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Consistent

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NY
New York Area
78 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The server was excellent. The drinks were mostly ice and rather expensive for the size of the drink. The food was okay. I ordered a club sandwich that was mostly crust and not much more. The presentation was great and looked like a lot of food but once you started to eat it you realized that there was not much there .

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great drinks and food.

J
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch prior to the opera at the met.

n
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

My friends, who had never been there before, were very happy with their dinners. I ordered the chicken paillard which was tasty but the chicken was not "paillarded." It was an enormous, thick piece of chicken. It should have been half the amount of chicken pounded thin. The restaurant seemed noisier than usual. My friends and I were shouting at each other. But, I will keep eating there because it is close to Lincoln Center venues.

SS
Nashville
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good service and convenient to Lincoln Center. Great, unpretentious variety of meal options pre/post show! Moderate prices!!

CD
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good!

G
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The fish and chips had way more batter than fish!
The chicken pot pie was bland.
Best thing was the key lime pie which was scrumptious.
Service was good but the chef could be better!

s
New York Area
123 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Bustling and a bit noisy, very convenient to Lincoln Center. Basic foods all good and quickly served.

RK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

It’s best if you have a reservation for this restaurant because the lines are long to be seated without one. The menu is varied. My lobster Cobb salad was tasty with enough lobster to justify the cost. Having a pepper allergy was treated importantly brought over by the manager. However the chicken pot pie was very Liquidy. The fish and chips were very crusty. Food service was adequate.

P
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great for pre theatre near Lincoln Center

LP
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Dinner before theater at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theatre, so very convenient place to grab a bite. I do love lobster roll and the entree was very fresh, very tasty. They also had Sancerre by the glass which was cold and crisp.

Easy, predictable restaurant to have dinner when attending Lincoln Center performances.

NY
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Ordered chicken pot pie, not good.

TC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The menu selections are perfect for a variety of preferences. You cannot get a better location than across from Lincoln Center, especially if you're seeing a show. It's always such a positive experience and I always look forward to returning. I recommend that you make a reservation in advance, if possible. No matter where you're seated, you'll enjoy the atmosphere of PJ Clarke's and the food is very good... no matter what the selection. If you like bread with your dinner, don't be afraid to ask. The wait staff only bring if asked. ENJOY!!!

A
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Service was unusually horrible! Waited for forever for a hamburger and a salad while tables all around us were being served - particularly galling since they all were seated long after we were! Waiter couldn’t have cared less! Captain bought one coffee as an apology! Amazing!!!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy eating here. The seafood is fresh, the drinks are perfect, and the service attentive, kind, and very efficient.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pedro was an excellent waiter!

EK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Good place to go before an event at Lincoln Center.

NY
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food just OK. Service was good. Not a good value for your money, but hey it's a great location.

JD
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Nice atmosphere and decent service - a little slow but attentive when they were engaged. Food is standard fare; we had lamb burger and caesar salad. Cheesecake desert was great. Reasonably good value. We would go again.

DS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We stopped in for lunch after the taping of a day time talk show. There were four of us and we ordered three different items. Two people ordered the same menu item. Everyone loved their lunch. Our wait person was excellent. She was very cordial and efficient. She refilled our water glasses and offered refills of our other beverages without being asked. We were able to enjoy a leisurely lunch with friends.

e
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, family friendly, great portions yet not expensive which is hard to find in the Lincoln center area. I’d def recommend :)

F
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & grub as always!

KM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

My friends and I have been here several times. Most of the food has been superb. Service has been outstanding. However, I believe it's overpriced. Here are some comments on food we had this time.
Stupidly delicious:
- The "Proper Fish & Chips" were the best we've ever had--and we've been to London! The batter is as light as air, and the fish was SO moist!
- Fish tacos: Great combo of mahi-mahi and yummy stuff. The server warned me that she has gotten complaints in the past that the fish was dry. I appreciated her honesty and fair warning. I got them anyway, and the fish was not dry at all. Maybe they got so much negative feedback that they addressed the problem. Which is great.
- Bluecoat gin with elderflower tonic! Best G&T I've ever had.
- Cosmo: if you don't mind a sweet cocktail, it's really delicious and refreshing.
Not so great:
- Lobster roll: It was $32.50. For that price, it should be pct. But the dressing was runny, and the lobster was tough/overcooked. Flavor was good, though. The bun was as it should be, a really soft potato roll. But the softness of the roll made the toughness of the lobster very noticeable.
-Cheddar tater tots: they didn't seem very potato-y. Texture was not of shredded potatoes, which provide all those nooks & crannies for the frying to be crispier. The texture out side was curiously smooth and not very crunchy, and inside the consistency was too even. Instead of shredded potatoes, it almost seemed like polenta or something. Not what we expected.

JK
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a very attractive restaurant & the food is very good as well as the service. And it's so convenient to Lincoln Center Performances.

JA
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great location for people seeing a performance at Lincoln Center. A little expensive, but I don't eat there every day :-)

I had the Deluxe from the Raw Bar. All tasty, all fresh.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place to grab a dinner near Lincoln Center....cold beer and lobster rolls! What could be better?

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