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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4.2
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4.3
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4.1
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E
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We were gathered as a family after a performance at Juilliard by a family member.

GL
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We had a reservation for 2 for 1:30 on Sun Nov 17. Arrived a little early at 1:10. At least 4 tables of 2 were seated ahead of us. Finally we asked when we would be taken and were seated about 5 min later against a wall that contained the computer register across from huge non insulated windows. Absolutely freezing I asked if heat could be turned up. Waitress said she would ask. Temperature did not seem to change. All customers at the windows had to wear their coats. I ordered hamburger and onion rings. Only hamburger was served. I asked about onion rings and they finally came out when I had finished my hamburger. Medium rare hamburger was mostly rare.
So disappointed. I haven eaten at 53rd St location many times and had no problems.
I thought we would get better service with reservation and certainly a descent table. When I visited the ladies room was unhappy to realize there were equally fine tables downstairs and it was warm. Will not be returning.

c
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Could not hear my friend across the table because the thrumming bass line of the music was too loud. Not at all sure why music is needed when the noise level of conversations is already high

BP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was served 30 to 45 minutes after we placed our order. We’ve eaten at this location on numerous occasions and this was the worst experience by far.

CS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had the best time - I was taking my family for dinner - 6 of us including 3 grandchildren - we were seated at table 45 = perfect! Menu offered something for everyone - age 5 to 75! The staff could not have been any nicer and more caring -- this is definitely our go-to family gathering spot when I am visiting in Manhattan.

OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good food, good value, great service, fair price and a great location right across from Lincoln Center. I'd definitely go back.

n
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience1

We were seated in the downstairs dining room and it was dark and noisy with a lot of kids. There was also a very pervasive smell of amonia from cleaning the tables that made it unpleasant. It is much nicer upstairs and I am sure we would have had a much more enjoyable dining experience if we were not below street level with no natural lighting.

LR
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were late meeting our friends. SUBWAY NIGHTMARE but the waiter was gracious. The food delish. Bacon avocado sandwich on the THE MOST ELIOUS BREAD. PJC made our day. Thx

JE
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

I love P.J. Clarke's 1and go there often. On my most recent visit, I ordered the special-Seared Scallops. The reason for my poor food review was that when the scallops came, there were 3, 1 inch scallops! It was shocking. They were served on 3 huge clam/oyster shells, on a dish with a small amount of green. The sauce they were served with was very good. However, the shocking size of these a3 tiny scallops was almost laughable. I was happy that I ordered a side of french fries. Approximately $9.00 per teeny tiny scallop was outrageous. No more "specials" for me. A very poor deal.

KL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I ordered the Buttermilk Fried Chicken and was very disappointed that the breast was to me and one of the floor managers oddly more like a battered chicken cutlet used for Chicken Parmesan- without skin and no bones. Now I have never had buttermilk fried chicken or any fried chicken where the bone and skin were removed. Why- because it can become too dry. And that is exactly how it tasted- dry. Slipping it under the other parts to maybe hide it was dishonest and telling me that sometimes they precook items is not acceptable. Please PJ Clarke- do not pass this off as Buttermilk Fried Chicken if it isn't.
But I have to acknowledge the manager for seeing and questioning the same thing and giving me a slice of pumpkin pie to make up for my disappointment.
The only reason I would recommend PJ Clarke's is because of it casual ambiance, proximity to Lincoln Center, and my friends were satisfied with their food.

CC
Montreal
60 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We had lunch on a matinee Saturday and the place was busy. Thus service was less than attentive. Iced clam were presented nicely but tiny. Clam chowder was really potato chowder and watery. Most tastey dish was Mac & cheese . That sums sit up!

f
Minneapolis
179 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place for Saturday brunch. Lower level bar was great for college football. Glorious!

h
New York Area
187 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The service was slow. The food was just ok.

BM
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We have been to P.J. Clark's several times because it is so convenient to Lincoln Center, and have until this time always been seated upstairs. Those times were always good experiences, with good food and a dinner that was relaxed but prompt enough to let us make our curtain on time.

Not this time. It turned out that the entire upstairs was reserved for a private party, so we were seated downstairs, which was loud and crowded with groups constantly coming and going. It was like trying to eat in the middle of the commuter rush at Grand Central Station. The table was not large enough to accommodate our dishes and the empty ones were not removed promptly so we had to put a plate on the (very briefly) unoccupied table next to us. We felt the entire time that we were being rushed so they could get another party in. Our main course was served before we had finished our salad, and the waiter asked to clear the table while one of us was still eating. There was so little room on the table it felt as if the plates were going to end up in your lap. The food was mixed - the calamari was good, the wedge salad was ordinary. One steak was cooked perfectly to medium, the other was bloody instead of medium rare. It was generally an unpleasasnt experience (for which we paid a lot of money), and we couldn't wait to get out. We won't be going back.

D
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great service and food, but $50 (including tip) for two BLT's and coffee/tea is quite a bit.

p
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A dependable neighborhood choice. Food is good, service friendly - it is noisy - I wish that they would turn down the music.

S
New York Area
102 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Convenient to Lincoln Center and other nearby locations. Tasty food. Good ribs, nice salmon filet. Delicious desserts. Good beer selection. Informal. Ok service.

y
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location right across fr Lincoln Center. Portions were enormous.

JK
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely service. My wife’s lobster Cobb salad was rather bland.

DS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A family friendly, affordable restaurant convenient to Lincoln Center. A great choice for pre or post performance dining. We really enjoyed our meal and the service was exceptional.

MC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The executive chef is very welcoming and accommodating! Absolutely beautiful experience. I will be back soon. Thank you Chef Abdalla

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience2

I was waiting to meet someone after their concert so settled in to grab a beer and a burger and catch Game 7 of the World Series. Total bill for that was $60 including fries, tax and tip. Crazy, but it's Manhattan, so whatever. I ordered the wagyu burger (medium rare) figuring I might as well get what's good. Absolutely awful. Dry, crumbly, not juicy, but still somehow incredibly greasy. What a disappointment. If you're going to charge stupid prices at least have a decent product. Also would be nice if you got some TVs from this decade.

JK
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really good food, lovely customer service, ability to get to LC easily.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Brought appetizers with entrees. Food was very good.

I
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the dining experience and the service, particularly the waitress’s, was outstanding.

L
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Service was slow and the food needed seasoning but the staff was helpful and pleasant.

r
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Have been dining at P J Clarke's many times over the years, due to proximity to Lincoln Center. But will probably stop that practice for the future. Service and therefore the staff was excellent this time, but the food quality and the pricing left a great deal to be desired. Just not worth it, so will seek out alternate places.

DK
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made a reservation for a late lunch, table was ready as promised. Service was great, so was food. Wew make it a point to come here when visiting NY, it is consistently great and the atmosphere has good classy character.

ED
New York Area
71 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pleasant place for lunch with friends. Hamburger came medium rare instead of rare. It took so long to arrive I was reluctant to send it back.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience5

The service was terrible. They should be embarrassed

JB
New England
21 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Pre opera meal. Noisy, crowded, but convenient to the Met. Drink seemed small; service was OK, food was tasty (although oysters, burger, and chicken Caesar did not present culinary challenges). Dessert (cherry tart) was too big and too sour... could really have used a scoop of vanilla ice cream, rather than canned whipped cream. That being said, everyone was very friendly... we enjoyed ourselves... and will undoubtedly return.

MF
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived for a 5 PM reservation and were seated right away. The service was impeccable. The food was delicious and it was an overall excellent experience. I recommend this restaurant for your pre-and post Lincoln center events.

NG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Waitress was phenomenal. Very patient with my 11 year old daughter and her 5 friends.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Amanda is INCREDIBLE.

h
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

g
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

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 on October 12, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

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
91 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience1

So loud we could not hear each other

RS
Cleveland
8 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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