P.J. Clarke's - Third Avenue

4.6
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$30 and under
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American
The original, virtually unchanged since 1884. Serving up fresh food, frosty drinks and good, old-fashioned conversation.
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J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The food was just ok. Would be fun to have drinks and light snack but not for a dinner, with
a friend, and want to hear each other speak.

TC
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Was there for Brunch on Sunday. Had their chili which was ok and we also had a turkey club that was just awful. The entire sandwich was soggy and there was barely any roasted turkey on it. Restaurant overall was very smelly (stale beer smell) and generally dirty.

E
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Sea bass was excellent. Burger was good but roll was nothing special. Oreo cake was very good and large and probably too much but what the heck.

V
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great NYC spot for lunch and after 5. Two thumbs up on food and great service

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Responded 6 days ago

Thanks for the great review!

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JS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service. Got served quickly but didn't feel rushed at all. Will be going back in the future for sure!

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Responded 7 days ago

Thanks Judy! Can’t wait to see you again.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was great! Very pleasant.

P.J. Clarke's - Third Avenue
Responded 7 days ago

Thanks for the great review!

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LE
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience was perfect. We were very confortable. The serviré was great and the food awesome.

P.J. Clarke's - Third Avenue
Responded 7 days ago

Thanks for the great review Lucia!

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JB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. A little pricey for what it was, but enjoyable experience!

P.J. Clarke's - Third Avenue
Responded 7 days ago

Thanks for the review Jennifer. We do our best to offer great food at quality service at a fair and competitive price.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bello, ho incontrato anche un attore 😃

P.J. Clarke's - Third Avenue
Responded on January 4, 2020

Grazie mille!

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ML
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoyed my visit to PJ Clarke's last week. My parties were late and they accommodated the reservation as best they cold which I truly appreciated. I got a drink while I waited and it was great. The food was great, our waitress was great, I truly couldn't have asked for a better experience. I have been a big fan of the restaurant for a long time , many years and never has it been a disappointment. PJ Clarke's is always consistent and on point every time. I will be back!

P.J. Clarke's - Third Avenue
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you very much for your kind words. Look forward to having you join us again soon.

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OT
Glasgow
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice traditional American diner. Wide menu selection and the lobster, truffle Mac and cheese is phenomenal

P.J. Clarke's - Third Avenue
Responded on January 4, 2020

Thanks for the review! Glad you enjoyed the Lobster Mac.

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

20 minute wait for reservation to be available.Tomato soup was stone cold. Main course dishes were not removed before serving dessert.

P.J. Clarke's - Third Avenue
Responded 7 days ago

I’m sorry to hear about this less than stellar experience. I’d like the opportunity to make it up to you. Please reach out at your earliest convenience. -Michael Long General Manager

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LD
Dublin
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and was great to be back! Will definitely be back when I can!

P.J. Clarke's - Third Avenue
Responded on January 4, 2020

Thanks Laura! Look forward to seeing you next time.

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PM
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Outstanding food and quick service. Nice ambiance. Delicious hamburgers

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Responded 7 days ago

Thanks for the great review!

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O
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends in Town

P.J. Clarke's - Third Avenue
Responded on January 4, 2020

Thanks for the review.

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JM
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff at the front and the servers were excellent.
The food and drinks are always good and it's nice to see a lot of the same waiters year to year!

P.J. Clarke's - Third Avenue
Responded on January 4, 2020

Thanks for the great review Justine! We like to keep our family intact.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Overall, excellent. Cannot complain. Burgers were cooked perfectly. Fries were hot and perfectly cooked. Service was great, every staff member we interacted with was friendly and professional. Showed up earlier than our reservation but was seated within 2 minutes.

P.J. Clarke's - Third Avenue
Responded on January 4, 2020

Thank you very much for your review! So happy to hear it.

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JG
Memphis
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still one of the best burgers in NYC! Great, classic place!!

P.J. Clarke's - Third Avenue
Responded on January 4, 2020

Thanks James!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Burger was great!

P.J. Clarke's - Third Avenue
Responded on January 4, 2020

Thank you! We enjoy them too.

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J
Munich
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food, best burgers and very friendly service.

P.J. Clarke's - Third Avenue
Responded on January 4, 2020

Thanks Jerome! Hope to see you again soon.

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SK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly a wonderful place! And what makes it best is the fact that the people there really care. Feels weird to even say that because kindness and warmth of the level they serve up at P.J. Clarke's is so rarely found that it's easy to disbelieve it's even possible. Food, service, ambiance, etc. all first rate, but then they go the extra mile. The smiles are sincere, the servers help each other out, the 'head guy' buses tables when things get really busy. My husband and I both have hearing loss and we find the music at P.J. Clarke's remains where it belongs: in the background; people at tables beside you have real conversations instead of yelling at each other over the music, and at both 3rd Avenue and Lincoln Center we've had total cooperation and accommodation in being seated at the tables best for folks with hearing problems (the hosts even know which tables those are! the hosts actually read the notes in my online reservation about needing hearing accommodation!) Wonderful, simply wonderful and I know it takes a lot of work to be a wonderful restaurant. Congrats to everyone there!

P.J. Clarke's - Third Avenue
Responded on December 28, 2019

Thank you so much for your review Susan! It was my absolute pleasure meeting you last week. Hope to see you again soon. -Michael Long General Manager

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TP
London
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

The service was terrible.

P.J. Clarke's - Third Avenue
Responded on December 28, 2019

Hi Tara, I’m terribly sorry that you didn’t enjoy your time with us. We were unfortunately at a slight personnel disadvantage that evening and I fear that after I brought the Manhattan over, that it took quite a while for anyone else to return. I do apologize for the lack of attention you received and hope that it has not scared you off from returning again. I’d love the opportunity to make it up to you on your next visit. Please let me know when you would like to return. -Michael Long G.M.

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ER
Munich
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stunning restaurant! Very authentic and the steaks and burgers are great. The buffalo wings to start are shockingly good too! Staff are amazing we had a great night. Highly recommended.

P.J. Clarke's - Third Avenue
Responded on December 28, 2019

Thanks for the great review Emma!

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TB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We brought my father, who is in his 70's to PJ Clarkes for a little walk down memory lane. He was worried that the recent renovations to the restaurant would change his memories but the restaurant is intact in all of its old charm glory. Even the bathrooms are the same. He was very talkative to the staff about his many memories in the 70's and each staff member was patient and kind and let him ramble on. The food was better than we remembered and it was a perfect evening. Our waitress Pat had been there for 40 years and she was amazing - never wrote a thing down and got every one of our requests and orders correct. We never waited for a drink, we were never rushed even though it was the 23rd of December and we had an amazing dinner and it was everything that my father hoped it would be. Do not hesitate to take your family, friends or significant other there for a special night out. Yes, it is pricey but the history, the food and the ambiance is worth every penny.

P.J. Clarke's - Third Avenue
Responded on December 28, 2019

Thank you so much for your review Tammy! I’m so happy to hear you and your father had such a great time. I wish I could’ve been here to hear some of his stories. I’ll be sure to share your kind words with Pat, I know she will appreciate them.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Overall, our experience at P. J. Clarke’s was good. Drinks and food were tasty. Service was first rate. The only quibble is that we had selected it over other restaurants specifically because of the availability of gluten free hamburger buns (a necessity for one member of our party), and learned after ordering and appetizers that they had run out of the buns. It was a disappointing development that was ultimately overcome by the rest of our experience and the good humor of the impacted person.

P.J. Clarke's - Third Avenue
Responded on December 24, 2019

I’m terribly sorry about running out of the gluten free buns before your arrival and I appreciate the impacted guest’s understanding. Apart from that unfortunate circumstance, I am very happy to hear that everything else was to your liking. Thank you very much for your review.

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d
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always good food! Our holiday meal go to!
Easy to get to Rockefeller Center...

P.J. Clarke's - Third Avenue
Responded on December 24, 2019

Thanks for the great review Danielle!

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MW
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and delicious food. Service was impeccable. A bit pricey, but what isn't in NYC!!

P.J. Clarke's - Third Avenue
Responded on January 4, 2020

Thank you for the great review Maria!

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EG
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to PJ Clarke's on a recommendation and could not have been happier. Experience was just top rate and food was even better. Starting with a walk from Times Square, with a stop at Rockefeller Center and the tree, we walked onto the East Side and entered the restaurant on the bar side to a throng of people clearly there after work, unbelievable energy. We had reserved a table, and promptly seated. Our server Victor was there almost immediately and was just over the top wonderful (thanks, Victor!). Drinks, the best burger I think I have ever had (Wagyu Burger- highly recommend it, as does my son; my daughter had The Cadillac Burger, which she also loved). We were too full for dessert - but caught a glimpse of a few...man, wish I was not so full). We then walked back to Times Square, feeling as close to local as 3 tourists could. Thank you so much for just a wonderful experience - and thanks again, Victor - you're the best!

P.J. Clarke's - Third Avenue
Responded on December 20, 2019

Thank you so much for your great review! I will absolutely pass along your kind words to Viktor. I know he'll appreciate it. Please join us again next time you're in the city.

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LF
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in New York for our annual Christmas trip and tried this place for lunch one day. It was absolutely delicious and wonderful service! Added to the list to repeat! Highly recommend the Parmesan truffle fries!

P.J. Clarke's - Third Avenue
Responded on December 28, 2019

Thank you so much for your kind review! Hopefully we don’t have to wait until next Christmas to see you again.

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PK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love going to P. J. Clarke's when visiting NY. Our server "Pat Moore" was fabulous!!!! She has been there forever, and shared some wonderful stories. Pat gave us some great NY tips. We love the energetic vibe!!! The decor is great, and a lot of fun.

P.J. Clarke's - Third Avenue
Responded on December 24, 2019

Thank you for your kind words Paula! I will share with Pat and know she will appreciate them.

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AD
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great. The place is very nice and service was very good.

P.J. Clarke's - Third Avenue
Responded on December 19, 2019

Thanks Alejandro!

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JB
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

LOUD. Very slow kitchen. Good food and ambience.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived early for our reservation and the hostess was quite accommodating in seating us within a reasonable time. The wait staff was friendly as was the manager - making you feel like you’ve been a “regular” diner there for years!

P.J. Clarke's - Third Avenue
Responded on December 19, 2019

Happy to have you join us. Thank you for your kind words.

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JE
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The hamburger is always great. I like the old fashioned fries but my wife prefers an upscale variety. The service is outstanding especially from older waitress who has been there for years. Maybe avoid weekend during Xmas because of out of town shoppers with kids. Drinks are always right on.

P.J. Clarke's - Third Avenue
Responded on December 19, 2019

Thanks for the great review Jerry!

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AC
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

beautiful environment and armosphere, unfortunately insufficient food, fish and chips with cold potatoes and the same thing for those served with ribs, maybe it was an unlucky evening, very nice waiters but it is a shame not to have eaten well.

P.J. Clarke's - Third Avenue
Responded on December 20, 2019

Very sorry about the cold fries. I hope we were able to get some hot and fresh ones out to you after your notified your server. I'm glad everything else went well. Thanky you for the review.

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LT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! The food was awesome, the service at the bar was great and the entire experience great!

P.J. Clarke's - Third Avenue
Responded on December 20, 2019

Thanks for the great review!

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SH
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

PJ Clarke's never disappoints. Great food, ambiance, and service. Staff is tops. No place like it in NY.

P.J. Clarke's - Third Avenue
Responded on December 20, 2019

Thanks for the great review! Pleasure to have you join us, as always.

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R
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We were a little early, but the host was able to seat us immediately. Very noisy, but service was excellent and quick.

P.J. Clarke's - Third Avenue
Responded on December 20, 2019

Thanks for the review! We know it can get a little loud in hear, expecially during the holiday season. Thank you for putting up with the clamor to join us.

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K
Atlantic City
24 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our waitress was great. Very attentive. Burgers were delicious

P.J. Clarke's - Third Avenue
Responded on December 20, 2019

Thanks for the review! Do you remember your waitress's name? I'd love to pass on your compliments.

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L
Jacksonville
17 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great recommendation from a friend!

P.J. Clarke's - Third Avenue
Responded on December 20, 2019

You've got a good friend there. Thanks for the review!

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