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SIDECAR at P.J. Clarke's

4.7
549 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Great for Lunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
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.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
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Phone number
(212) 317-2044
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Timothy Walker
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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 Groups
Cocktail Parties & Seated Dinners up to 30

Exclusive 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.
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Private party contact
Lindsay Mazal - PrivateaffairsNY@pjclarkes.com: (646) 660-3404
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
55th Street between 2nd & 3rd Avenues
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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
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Public transit
6 train to 51st Street & Lexington Avenue or 59th Street & Lexington Avenue
E or V trains to 53rd Street & Lexington Avenue
N R W trains to 59th Street & Lexington Avenue
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Special events & promotions
Come check out our St.Patricks Day specials
Corned Beef & Cabbage Platter $21
Stout Braised Corned Beef, Braised Cabbage, New Potatoes, Irish Soda Bread

Mile High Stacked Reuben $19
Corned Beef, House made Kraut, Swiss Cheese (served with Fries & Coleslaw)

Chatham Cod $25
White Beans, Cured Pork & Clam Broth
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

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Mon 11:30AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 12:00PM 5:00PM - 8:00PM
Tue - Thu 5:00PM - 6:00PM
Fri - Sat 5:00PM - 8:00PM

What 549 People Are Saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 3 days ago

Friday night dinner. Service was polite and courteous. No West Coast oysters available. Good mixed drink. Salmon a bit fishy but cooked to order. Burger was good but too pricey.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Always a great experience, from the warm welcome, to the excellent and friendly service. Food is consistently good.

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

The lobster cobb salad is not to be missed. Of course, the service is always spectacular. Lovely room with actual elbow room and the ability to keep your conversation at your table without disturbing others.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Everything was spot on. Food was delicious and the Side Bar is quite an impressive room. Our meal was made particularly delightful by our waiter (mostly Concierge) Sam who took such special care of us. Definitely will return to the Side Bar as I frequent P.J. Clarke's rather regularly and wasn't aware of their upstairs room.

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Lovely old red brick building with great charm in the middle of Manhattan. Cozy and warm dining room with lively bar downstairs. Food was wonderful. The seafood in particular was especially good, and value for money. Highly recommend this spot.

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Great, as ever. One of my favorite places to go!

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Just love this place. The old school vibe, brick walls, wood beamed ceilings, etc. Staff is off the charts nice. Food very good and not too pricey.

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4.0Dined on May 3, 2018

This is a great spot. Very “old style” New York, with delicious food and a great ambiance.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Great place, food and staff!

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4.0Dined on April 24, 2018

A go-to after work spot. Quality, great service and experience.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Love P.J. Clarke's. Always a positive experience with great food. Service was excellent in a very pleasant atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Sidecar is perfect for just about any occasion. When we were there it was not crowded. The wait staff was lovely as was the burger and salad and tequila drink. I would return any time.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Since 1884, coming here since 1969, great food, great atmosphere, a legend.

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Food was good, however the food and beer menu was limited for this type of restaurant with bar.

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1.0Dined on April 7, 2018

NOT PJ Clarks. Will not offer the menu even though they are required to and is the same kitchen.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

After spending the '80s at the bar & downstairs - upstairs at Side Car is the best of both; same food, drink, and ambiance BUT w/out the decibels. We'll definitely be back! The WayGu Bacon Cheddar Burger was simply amazing!

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

It was way too noisy, but it’s a lovely place for dinner.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Exquisite attentive caring staff who never disappoint! Always a pleasure to be with you! The cuisine is simply superb ... of course, we always pick our favorites to suit our passions and nutritional desires of the evening! Thank you again and again for all of your warm welcomes. Until soon,
Dr. Christine Wheeler

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Great burger, lobster Cobb, professional service and charming place.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Loved the atmosphere of this restaurant which was once a private club. Food was high quality and delicious. Service excellent. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

SideCar is a hidden gem in midtown Manhattan for either business lunch or diner, or friends’ get-together! The service is impeccable, the food always delivers, and all of this in a historic and iconic New York place. The burger are the best in town! Thank you SideCar!!! @newyorkexposure

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

I came for the burgers and it was so worth it! Whiskey sours tasted great! Pleasant atmosphere, friendly waitress. A bit pricey but for a special occasion its fine

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

$27 for a Burger..... come on! onion strings were not as good a down stairs and the fries had to be sent back because they were cold.... fish and chips were good and the tuna tacos we're outstanding.. Service and seating was great but I cant get over the twenty seven bucks for a cheese burger more than minetta taverns top burger in the city...... set a poor tone for the rest of the menu...

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We have a St. Patrick's Day tradition of going to the parade for a couple of hours and then going to SideCar for lunch. It's always fun and never disappoints.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

WE DROPPED IN FOR AN EARLY DINNER AND HAD A WONDERFUL MEAL...THE SALMON IS WONDERFUL, SHRIMP COCKTAIL AND WEDGE SALAD FLAVORFUL AND SATISFYING. THE SERVICE WAS TERRIFIC.

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4.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Food was great and nice atmosphere

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Excellent, service was terrific. Heather is the bomb

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

What a cool space! We enjoyed the arugula salad and clam chowder. The chicken pot pie was very hot in a cold, snowy night. Filet with choice of sauces was solid. Delicious Mile High Chocolate cake was more than two of us could eat. It was very quiet. Excellent service.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

A god experience. Sidecar is my “ go to” for business dinners. We work next door, the food, value and convenience cannot be beat.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Food was excellent, as well as, the service. We ordered from the raw bar and then had steak and chicken. Everything was done to perfection. We will be back.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

One of the most exclusive experiente in NYC

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4.0Dined on February 9, 2018

The experience was ok but i am very disappointed that I did not get my 1000 points which was one of the main reasons i booked this restaurant over others. The restaurant modified my reservation to 8.15 without checking with me. I was there at 8.09 about for an 8p reservation. The place is expensive and the points were the motivation. Not sure why they changed it without informing me. Also i should have been informed prior that the reservation has been modified. I thought they are supposed to hold the table for atleast 15 mins without changing the reservation.

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Cozy rustic restaurant in a historic building. Good place for comfort food, steaks and old favorites.

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Sidecar is usually a lunch place for me. This was my first dinner. A great evening. We could have a conversation in normal voices. The service was very good. We’ll certainly be back for dinner again.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Fantastic!

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2018

terrific spot - staff very friendly and professional. great for business lunch! Chilly is kick butt!

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Lovely place, food and service!

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

I have been a fan of PJ Clarke’s for over 40 years! I especially enjoy the intimate venue of Side Car when dining around East Midtown. It’s my Go-To Restaurant for most all occasions. The Maryland Crab Cakes are top notch. Delicious Espresso Bread Pudding with fresh Bailey’s Whipped Cream.

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2018

What a great place! We went for a post holiday dinner with colleagues. The food was delicious (we ordered porterhouse for two and skirt steak) and the wine even better! The staff and service were so friendly too.

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4.0Dined on January 13, 2018

Nice room, a bit empty as it was on the early side. Service was quite good. Strip steak cooked properly was quite tasty and the sides (onion strings, etc) all well done. The oysters were fine, strangely not as good as downstairs. Perhaps it was that bunch.
Practical issue is that with everything ala carts you at more likely to share sides etc., and the tables are too small to hold all the glassware and other accoutrements along with multiple serving plates so every course is an exercise in rearranging the table and searching for space.

Might order all in entrees next time to avoid this.

Overall very good. Not a bargain but not crazy either.

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