P.J. Clarke's-Lincoln Square
We were gathered as a family after a performance at Juilliard by a family member.
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.
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
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.
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.
Good food, good value, great service, fair price and a great location right across from Lincoln Center. I'd definitely go back.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
Wonderful place for Saturday brunch. Lower level bar was great for college football. Glorious!
The service was slow. The food was just ok.
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.
Great service and food, but $50 (including tip) for two BLT's and coffee/tea is quite a bit.
A dependable neighborhood choice. Food is good, service friendly - it is noisy - I wish that they would turn down the music.
Convenient to Lincoln Center and other nearby locations. Tasty food. Good ribs, nice salmon filet. Delicious desserts. Good beer selection. Informal. Ok service.
Great location right across fr Lincoln Center. Portions were enormous.
Lovely service. My wife’s lobster Cobb salad was rather bland.
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.
The executive chef is very welcoming and accommodating! Absolutely beautiful experience. I will be back soon. Thank you Chef Abdalla
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.
Really good food, lovely customer service, ability to get to LC easily.
Brought appetizers with entrees. Food was very good.
Loved the dining experience and the service, particularly the waitress’s, was outstanding.
Service was slow and the food needed seasoning but the staff was helpful and pleasant.
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.
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.
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.
The service was terrible. They should be embarrassed
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.
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.
Waitress was phenomenal. Very patient with my 11 year old daughter and her 5 friends.
Amanda is INCREDIBLE.
There was no rush to get us out and I appreciated that.
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.
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.
Great location. Varied menu. Friendly service. Lively atmosphere.
So loud we could not hear each other
We went there for drinks and some food after a performance at the Met opera. Very convenient and good.