P.J. Clarke's-Lincoln Square

4.2
574 reviews
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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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RD
Miami
19 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

We arrived at our reservation time. We were shown to a table with the sun beating down and against a pillar. Now this was at a time plenty of “good” tables were available. When we asked to have our table changed, we were asked if we wanted to sit downstairs. It was an acceptable option. That said, we could have been offered a better table upstairs. The food and service were very good to excellent. Food prices are appropriate for the area.

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F
New York Area
112 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

This venue is great for its location, right across from Lincoln Center. It is often quite busy and may necessitate a wait, even with reservations. Even so, our family had a good time celebrating my nephew's college graduation and our overburdened waitress did as well as she could with our large party. The food was good and we would go there again.

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OT
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

Took over 30m to get our food and the server didn’t even seem to think that was an issue. Plus it was so expensive for bar food.

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LW
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Had a reservation. Food and drinks were too expensive for ordinary pub grub.

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J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 3

It's a convenient place to meet for drinks before a show at Lincoln Center, but the food was lukewarm and flavorless.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

It was nothing out of the ordinary. Exactly what I expected

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DG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was good service could be more thoughtful. I don't like when a waiter wants to remove plates before everyone has finished eating

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TC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great service, nice food. The bar area is very loud so they sat us farther back. Missed the scallops on the menu.

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SG
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Great and easy if you're going to Lincoln Center. Not the best quality food and the prices are a little expensive, even for the neighborhood.

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DD
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Overall OK. Good food, good service, nice staff. Nothing too special though. Overpriced but what do you expect in NYC? Convenient location to Lincoln Center was why we were there. Main improvement would be to lower to noise level, especially juke-box blasting songs at high volume which made conversation difficult if you were nearby. It was kid-friendly, which we appreciated.

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d
New England
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Our fish tacos were dreadful. Dry almost no MahiMshi, and no sauce, until we asked. Noise
was unreasonable. Price, for what we got, was excessive. Last time we visit

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a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food, great service, waitress was very polite and food came out fast.

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ES
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Small menu. Overpriced. My husband’s chicken paillard was very tasty for the most part. Two nice sized chicken pieces. One piece was excellent but the other was not as tender. My fallafel burger was mediocre at best. Should have been on a heartier roll. Iced tea is served in a tall, slender glass with too much ice so not much to drink. At least refills are at no extra charge. Overall, completely underwhelmed.

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OT
San Francisco
75 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

A snack 2 different soups promptly served generous portions but not very distinguished. Complacent not hostile service.Great location for Lincoln Center.

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l
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

The service was horrible. Waiters are not interested in serving and it wasn’t even that busy at the time we went. The food was not great. We ordered wings and steak entrees. Steak was blah. Sides were missing. We had to find someone else to help us. Dessert menu is a joke. They will bring you whatever they want instead of the actual dessert you ordered. I would never go back and pay so much money ($200 for 2 people) for crappy food and crappy service. It’s a shame because the location is great for pre show at Beacon and Lincoln center.

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HP
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food as usual and always impeccable service by Juan! I love this place and it is a great location in NY.

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JL
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Waitress rarely came by table and; when there was a problem with one of the items we irseres, she did not offer to replace it. I had to find a manager.

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GS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love P.J. Clarke's. The wait staff couldn't be friendlier or more considerate, and the food is always good. We usually have a young child in tow, and he loves it too!

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J
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My husband loved the steak frites. The banana dessert was delicious and big thanks to the server who double checked to make sure it had no cinnamon.

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AG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre-opera dinner

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LI
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice and warm place, good food and perfect service. There was a loud chit chat noise but it was worth and pleasant dining there. Maybe a little too much expensive if compared to European standard, but the food was delicious and the beer was great. Quite recommended the COUNTRY CHICKEN POT PIE.

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j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Great location and convenience, nice service, but a so-so burger and unmemorable ambience.

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KF
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Restaurant staff is outstanding. Food is good, made better by the excellent server we had. I was with a friend from SFO who had never been to PJ's. She loved it. A consistent restaurant with a soul and an old-time NY feel. It is a great refuge from places like Hudson Yards.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved the service and great music!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Family night out for dinner, cocktails, and the NYC Ballet began at P.J. Clarke’s conveniently located mere steps from Lincoln Center. We were cordially greeted by staff who showed us to our reserved table even though we were quite early (thank you!)
Our waiter, Tice (spelling) introduced himself promptly and took our orders. My younger daughter eats vegan, Tice made some suggestions that the kitchen offered for vegan diners. (PJs doesn’t offer much at all to welcome vegans). Their bragging about the freshness of their oysters is well deserved, I always start off with 6 on the half shell when dining here. I’ve had many meals here and most have been fresh, presented well, and tasty.
One awkward note- timing: I had only consumed half of my appetizer when my entree came to the table, hmm. Never happened before, so we chalk that up to things that might happen in a restaurant that is serving such a large number of meals at dinner, frankly I am amazed that things go as well as they do here. (Compliments to the manager, chefs, and waitstaff)
All in all, P.J. Clarke’s is a sure bet for an agreeable experience pre-Lincoln Center, I highly recommend giving them a try when you’re in the area of one of their locations.

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JH
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Good service, loud, fun, overpriced, great location.

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CM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Ordered a starter salad and a burger. Both items came together. Server took burger back and explained kitchen would remake. When burger was delivered, both burger & fries were cold. Our reservation was at 11:30 so it wasn’t as if they were busy.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend and I were going to see my fair lady at Lincoln Center. The location was perfect and the service was amazing the food was delicious perfect in every way

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RA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Waiter made sure our food came on time to enable us to go see the Opera on time.

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a
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughters and I were going to see My Fair Lady @ Lincoln Center. Food and service were excellent. We always eat here when we go to any shows at Lincoln Center.

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ML
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my "go to" restaurants in Lincoln Center. The burgers are always a delight and cooked perfectly!

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r
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great lunch of lobster roles. Highly recommend

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Great food, but service for this woman eating alone was sub-par

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JO
Dublin
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Friendly & courteous as usual. Our hostess Jackie was particularly nice.

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AF
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server was great; very friendly and accommodating.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made an early reservation (5:00) ahead of show at Lincoln Center. Was staying right at the Empire Hotel which is like 9 steps away. Split a filet and Caesar salad with my daughter and felt very well attended to even as the place got busier by the minute. Perfect spot ahead of a Lincoln Center event.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a late dinner after a show at Lincoln Center. There were 7 people in our party. We were late for our reservation, but the staff were very accommodating.

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B
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant. Love going here for the wonderful food and service. Great location. Highly recommend it. I usually get the seafood because it is done so beautifully.

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L
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious lunch well served

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was bland and overpriced. Chose it because of its proximity to Lincoln Center. The place seems to rest on that. The mahi mahi tacos has no taste. The chicken was a bit undercooked with chewy skin left on. The burger was okay. Wouldn’t have minded paying so much for the meal if it tasted good. Service was a little slow but friendly. Desserts were quite good. Cappuccino and espresso machine was broken. Would not go back

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