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SIDECAR at P.J. Clarke's, New York, NY
SIDECAR at P.J. Clarke's, New York, NY
SIDECAR at P.J. Clarke's, New York, NY
SIDECAR at P.J. Clarke's, New York, NY
SIDECAR at P.J. Clarke's, New York, NY

SIDECAR at P.J. Clarke's

4.4
4.4
663 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
SIDECAR is PJ Clarke's handsome semi-private upstairs dining room. The birthplace of Patrick Joseph Clarke himself, for 50 years, it was a musty antiques office. Now, its wood beamed ceiling, exposed brick walls hung with fine art, and long seemingly endless space welcomes diners to one of Manhattan's most intimate dining rooms. You enter Sidecar through a special entrance on East 55th Street. The menu, prepared in Sidecar’s own kitchen, is Steaks, Chops, Seafood and Raw Bar. Whether seated on the long banquets that run the entire length of the room, or at a table on the main floor, it immediately envelopes one in a unique sense of clubby comfort. An extensive wine collection, personal attention and the quiet calm of a unique refuge complete the experience.


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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Contemporary American
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–3:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (212) 317-2044
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    Veteran, Women
  • Executive chef
    Mike DeFonzo
  • Private party facilities
    Enter SIDECAR through the private entrance on East 55th street & the staircase delivers you to a spacious yet intimate dining room of candlelit crisp white linens, reclaimed wood beamed ceiling & stone topped Osteria bar. Soft leather banquets & Bank of England chairs immediately envelope one in a unique sense of clubby comfort, enhanced by attentive personal service & the quiet calm of a unique refuge. Our food, prepared in our own kitchen is classic American; Steaks, Chops, Seafood & Raw Bar complimented by a New World wine list & traditional cocktails.The understated elegance of SIDECAR lends itself equally to Boardroom dinners, Holiday parties & Wedding celebrations. Larger GroupsCocktail Parties & Seated Dinners up to 30Exclusive Room Books:Cocktail Parties, Seated/Buffet Dinner: Up to 120. If you are interested in hosting a private event please reach out to PrivateaffairsNY@pjclarkes.com.
  • Private party contact
    Lindsay Mazal - PrivateaffairsNY@pjclarkes.com: (646) 660-3404
  • Neighborhood
    Midtown East
  • Cross street
    55th Street between 2nd & 3rd Avenues
  • Parking details
    Parking is available at the GMC 919 Third Avenue Garage @ 229 East 55th Street Between 2nd & 3rd Avenues or the MPG Adonis Parking Garage @ 201 East 56th Street Between 2nd & 3rd Avenues
  • Public transit
    6 train to 51st Street & Lexington Avenue or 59th Street & Lexington Avenue<br />E or V trains to 53rd Street & Lexington Avenue<br />N R W trains to 59th Street & Lexington Avenue
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

What 663 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

663 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good Food and Fast Service

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  2. EricA

    New York City

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Always like dining here. My only request is that the menu have more items or alternatively have daily specials.

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  3. Blangaig

    New York City

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always dependable. Good food. Reasonably priced. Will be back soon.

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  4. Jenj

    Chicago

    30 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I had high expectations but food was very disappointing. The ambiance was fine, service was fine but the food was sub par. My steak sandwich was tiny and overcooked. It tasted like it was made yesterday and reheated today. It didn’t make sense to send it back because it was a tiny 3 bite piece and I are one bite trying it.
    SIDECAR at P.J. Clarke'sResponded on July 6, 2022
    Hi Jenj, We're sorry to hear you were disappointed on your visit! We've passed your feedback along to our executive chef so that he can take a look into this with the kitchen. Please accept our apologies for not meeting your expectations. Sincerely, The PJ's Team

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  5. Edwgol

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of my favorite places to go for hamburgers

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent restaurant! Hope it be coming back for diner and the weekends!

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  7. SatishV

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing service by the host and wait staff and excellent tasting food, will be back again.

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  8. DeepakC

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful place to enjoy a meal in an upscale setting with terrific ambience. When we had lunch there it was not too terribly crowded so really enjoyed the quiet and the service is excellent. DeepakC

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  9. SuzanneF

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had lunch at Sidecar with a friend I had not seen in months on the second day of reopening. Received a very warm welcome. Food and service were excellent. A little pricey but worth it for the quiet space and distance from other customers. Will definitely be back.

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  10. Lynnea55

    New York City

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic as usual with superlative service.

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  11. Honesttoafault

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Lobster salad was really old frozen and reheated yucky lobster. Don’t order.

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  12. Gr8fullyDeadicated

    Hawaii

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great place. Never been disappointed

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  13. Andych8

    New York City

    43 reviews

    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Always a pleasure to come here. The food is very good and the staff could not be nicer.

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  14. KelseyS

    New York City

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    I planned this reservation weeks in advance for a special weekend for my husband, parents and in-laws. We were very disappointed. We were the only people in the restaurant on Saturday night so it was nice and quiet in the restaurant. But unfortunately our server was abrupt and aloof and the food was just okay. When we asked for bread, she said “oh we usually don’t bread at this time of night, maybe one piece. Who wants it?” She was very awkward and when ordering things, she seemed confused and gave off a weird vibe. We spent over $450 and agreed it was not worth it.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved our experience at PJs sidecar. It’s an adorable place, the food was fantastic and the service was impeccable. I had the Pan seared scallops and my husband had the fillet and Brussel sprouts.

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  16. scotts

    New York City

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    great hidden gem in midtown that i have been to for years

    1 person found this helpful

  17. Shoog

    New York City

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always perfect from food atmosphere to awesome staff!

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  18. richie8080

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Burger... oh my days! Lovely restaurant and good staff.

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  19. Jake

    New York City

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Upstairs is a welcome peace from the craziness downstairs. Great ambiance, great food, great meal

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  20. RachelB

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the food and ambience perfect place to catch up with friends

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  21. ElizabethN

    Nashville

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Oysters, lobster, crab cakes, oh my! Dinner was amazing but the atmosphere was even better. It felt like we were transported back to the rat pack days. Dim lighting, dark woods and plush booths made for a comfortable and elegant experience. A definite must while in midtown!!

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  22. RachelB

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food great ambience and just such a great place to take friends

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  23. JamesO

    New York City

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I recommend Sidecar to everyone I know and when I can I bring them to the restaurant. It is fabulous every time I come. One of the best restaurants in New York City.

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  24. opentabler

    New York City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food great service as always

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  25. LisaG

    Charlotte

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Was looking for great food nearby our hotel as it was snowing . Great food and atmosphere, walking distance from our hotel

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  26. JamesO

    New York City

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I will brag about Sidecar forever. Everything about the restaurant is fantastic each and every time I visit. I try to tell everyone I know about it. The food is incredible and the entire staff are the nicest people ever.

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  27. markw

    Phoenix

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place! Great For a business lunch.

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  28. RobertH

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Perfect hide away with some one special or just good friends. The staff will take good care of you and have a look out for the chefs special. I will erurn for sure!

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  29. JamesO

    New York City

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sidecar is easily one of the best restaurants in New York City. The food is always fantastic and the service is spectacular.

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  30. Michael

    New York City

    141 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    141 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent job by manager correctly an issue. Food was very good. Took a bit longer then expected but we weren't in a rush so no issues.

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  31. MariaS

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Please bring back the most amazing chicken paillard in NYC :) Thank you!

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  32. lisas

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2020

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We were the only people in the restaurant and wanted to switch tables due to the draft. The hostess moved us but said in a very snotty way that she needed the table in 45 minutes. At this point there was only ONE other table occupied. We ordered the lobster which was well done and uneatable and sent it back. We also had the Filet which was covered in pepper and grease. I would never go back!

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  33. Jake

    New York City

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Food, Service and Atmosphere! Still one of the best burgers in NYC

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Christmas date night! Great atmosphere and great food as always!!

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  35. Lynnea55

    New York City

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, the service was above and beyond. The food was perfect. A great way to celebrate the holidays.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter, Phil, was phenomenal. Recommended several great appetizers to us and made our meal very enjoyable.

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  37. SUSANA

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice Christmas decor and good food. Second round of drinks never came.

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  38. Wally

    New York City

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Go to a nearby Steakhouse if you want a steak, not worth it here. Also, the burgers used to be amazing, but have become overrated as competition has set higher standards in close vicinity to this restaurant. Used to be a fan, but I'll pass on this option in the future outside of an occasional burger a PJ Clarkes (below Sidecar and same owner/food).

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  39. JamesO

    New York City

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything about Sidecar is fantastic. Excellent staff and amazing food and atmosphere. I tell friends and try to visit as often as possible.

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  40. AboutTown

    New York City

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Enjoyed it! Great fish and chips and lovely service. Good value.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

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SIDECAR at P.J. Clarke's is rated 4.4 stars by 663 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for SIDECAR at P.J. Clarke's

205 East 55th Street, New York, NY 10022

Additional information

  • Cross street
    55th Street between 2nd & 3rd Avenues
  • Neighborhood
    Midtown East
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–3:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Parking is available at the GMC 919 Third Avenue Garage @ 229 East 55th Street Between 2nd & 3rd Avenues or the MPG Adonis Parking Garage @ 201 East 56th Street Between 2nd & 3rd Avenues
  • Public transit
    6 train to 51st Street & Lexington Avenue or 59th Street & Lexington AvenueE or V trains to 53rd Street & Lexington AvenueN R W trains to 59th Street & Lexington Avenue
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Veteran, Women
  • Executive chef
    Mike DeFonzo
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
  • Phone number
    (212) 317-2044
  • Private party facilities
    Enter SIDECAR through the private entrance on East 55th street & the staircase delivers you to a spacious yet intimate dining room of candlelit crisp white linens, reclaimed wood beamed ceiling & stone topped Osteria bar. Soft leather banquets & Bank of England chairs immediately envelope one in a unique sense of clubby comfort, enhanced by attentive personal service & the quiet calm of a unique refuge. Our food, prepared in our own kitchen is classic American; Steaks, Chops, Seafood & Raw Bar complimented by a New World wine list & traditional cocktails.The understated elegance of SIDECAR lends itself equally to Boardroom dinners, Holiday parties & Wedding celebrations. Larger GroupsCocktail Parties & Seated Dinners up to 30Exclusive Room Books:Cocktail Parties, Seated/Buffet Dinner: Up to 120. If you are interested in hosting a private event please reach out to PrivateaffairsNY@pjclarkes.com.
  • Private party contact
    Lindsay Mazal - PrivateaffairsNY@pjclarkes.com: (646) 660-3404
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