SIDECAR at P.J. Clarke's

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697 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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vipLynnea55
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as usual with superlative service.

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vipHonesttoafault
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Lobster salad was really old frozen and reheated yucky lobster. Don’t order.

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Gr8fullyDeadicated
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place. Never been disappointed

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vipAndych8
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Always a pleasure to come here. The food is very good and the staff could not be nicer.

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KelseyS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

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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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipscotts
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great hidden gem in midtown that i have been to for years

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vipNewtoW
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always perfect from food atmosphere to awesome staff!

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richie8080
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Burger... oh my days! Lovely restaurant and good staff.

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Jake
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Upstairs is a welcome peace from the craziness downstairs. Great ambiance, great food, great meal

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RachelB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food and ambience perfect place to catch up with friends

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ElizabethN
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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RachelB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food great ambience and just such a great place to take friends

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JamesO
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipopentabler
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service as always

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LisaG
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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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JamesO
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipmarkw
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Love this place! Great
For a business lunch.

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RobertH
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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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JamesO
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipMichael
New York Area
108 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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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vipMariaS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Please bring back the most amazing chicken paillard in NYC :)
Thank you!

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viplisas
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience3

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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Jake
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food, Service and Atmosphere!

Still one of the best burgers in NYC

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas date night! Great atmosphere and great food as always!!

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vipLynnea55
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the service was above and beyond. The food was perfect. A great way to celebrate the holidays.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our waiter, Phil, was phenomenal. Recommended several great appetizers to us and made our meal very enjoyable.

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SUSANA
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Nice Christmas decor and good food. Second round of drinks never came.

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vipWally
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

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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JamesO
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipAboutTown
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed it! Great fish and chips and lovely service. Good value.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Most of the food and service was good. Giving 2 stars because we ordered a steak medium rare that came medium to medium-well. We sent it back. The second time around it came back completely rare. When we sent it back the manager gave us attitude. We asked if she could describe medium rare to us and she said “that’s what you got the first time”. Our server and the rest of the staff were very understanding and extremely friendly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We had been to The Sidecar several years ago and remember it as an great place especially for a steak with out the noise of a larger steakhouse. The server was very nice. It was odd that there was no bread offered to start and

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vipFoodnwinegirl
London
31 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The service is always good, but the food and cocktails (for the high price tag), could be much better.

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vipeat23
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Have been here many times - a great little secret place, great vibe, fresh food, excellent service. This time was an experience that was diametrically opposed. Very abbreviated menu, heavily oiled 'fresh' salmon, service staff that was very nice but also very confused, and then I had a gastrointestinal illness during the middle of the night after the meal that lasted for most of the next day. I have a cast-iron disposition when it comes to food - something must have been really 'off' about whatever they served that night.

Will chalk it up to anomaly for now but it has left a bad taste - may go back if the taste fades.

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FedericaN
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Low level of food. The rips were full of salse.. I couldn’t fell the real taste of the meat. The same for the steak. The hamburger was the only good plate.
No dessert because we didn’t have time to order it: we booked at 21;00 And at 21:45 the kitchen closes.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m a regular. The food and service is consistently outstanding.

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AnnetteL
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, quiet, upscale but comfortable ambiance!!! The food was five star service impeccable!

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vipNewtoW
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff the service and the atmosphere is just what is needed. Wonderful to have a conversation and have great food. A great rarity for NYC. I will return and return. Shhhhhhhhhh!

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Pittsburgh
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We were visiting from Pittsburgh and stayed at a hotel nearby.