SIDECAR at P.J. Clarke's

4.6
638 reviews
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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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JD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and response to a mixup in the kitchen with our order. Food was excellent- not sure “value” exists in midtown unless you are a local! Definitely worth a meal.

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D
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A+. Everyone had a great time.

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f
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sidecar is my "go-to" when I want to be with friends and colleagues, have great wine, excellent food, attentive service, and wonderful conversation with those at the table. It is an easy, comfortable place with a warm atmosphere, and hosts who know how to make you feel at home.
I recommend it.
Cuisine is simple, but done exceptionally well. The steaks are done perfectly, sauces are full of flavor, not too salty, not too spicy. The quality of the shellfish and fish speaks for itself. The oreo cake is a share for the table and it goes quickly.
If you want to have a meal in a New York icon with a nice mix of the neighborhood and the world--you will enjoy Sidecar. Go for a table near the windows.

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E
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food is solid, not spectacular. Great service. Tables large enough and far enough apart so you can have a conversation.

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

Waitress was amazing

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EH
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Noise was too high when they were busy at 1:15 but by 2:00 it was quiet and made for good meeting place for conversation. Food and service first rate. Enjoyable experience

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PP
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere, friendly staff, and great food!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

Terrible experience. At those prices I’d expect much better service and food. I assume it was a bad night but I likely won’t go again

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M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good value for quality food and classic city dining experience.

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DT
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good experience. Good food and quick service. Thank you

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BN
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was fantastic. The food and service was excellent.

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L
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and the food were exceptional, as usual. We always have a very pleasant experience here and feel well taken care of.

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T
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sidecar was the complete opposite of the downstairs dining experience. The atmosphere was more open and airy, the dining room is a more refined, the food was amazing. Even the waitstaff were next level. This was a very enjoyable experience, and I look forward to the next opportunity to dine at Sidecar.

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DS
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love coming here. Delicious menu, great NY atmosphere, friendly pro staff.

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LC
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely service. Delicious food and yummy desserts!!

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I really like the Sidecar and go as often as I can.
Had business clients in town and had a great time.
The service staff is helpful, friendly and made the dinner a huge success.
The food is always great - opted for the burger this time and it was excellent.
Will be back!

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TP
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went to Side Car after the St. Patrick's Day parade and had a great meal and a terrific time.

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BF
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall, this place is very good. I like how it's separate form the bar area (which can get very loud and rowdy). Every time I go it's very low key so it's great for an intimate date or business conversation. Some of the portions on the apps could be a bit large but the food is very good. When I have gone in the past, management pays close attention to every detail.

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LC
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service, excellent.

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B
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

AkwAys deoendsble

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A
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

The atmosphere of the restaurant was very good, however, I ate the burger and was very sick from it. It's a shame, because the taste of the burger was good, but the quality of the meat was not very good or very fresh.

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k
New England
10 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

The atmosphere was nice, the manager and hostess were so nice and accommodating. our party changed from 4 to 6 at the last minute and they were so nice about it. However, the menu was not all all what was represented on the website. The service was very slow. The drinks came out slow and cost the restaurant some money because we were sitting there with empty glasses for some periods of time. ALso, the food came out slowly and was delivered to the wrong people (which by itself, is not a big deal, but with everything else was annoying). Most of our party did not like the waitress. She was quiet and didn't really show much personality or enthusiasm for her job.

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KS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Limited menu, over-priced even for NYC, dinner for 4 with one appetizer and 2 glasses of wine was $280! All sides alacarte nothing comes with entree. Food was average...not worth a $300 tab!

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JG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

"I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes. 

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J
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

We went due to good reviews. The food was bland and service was slow. The bathroom is also in middle of where people dine and not out of the way. I would not recommend.

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KT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Loved it! My only disappointment was that I viewed the menu on line and saw scallops but when I saw the actual menu when we got to the restaurant that night, there were no scallops. I asked the waiter and he checked with the kitchen for me but alas, no scallops. Other than that, I loved it. I ordered the fish and chips and enjoyed them very much.

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MS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

this was a 'ladies' dinner during the early evening (5:00 pm) and it was incredibly enjoyable to have arrived before the dining room filled up. The service was top notch and specials were communicated although we did order from the menu. The salmon was delicious and portioned well and the chicken dish was also delicious.

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8
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

My wife and I took her sister to out on a visit from Europe. Started with a couple of cocktails at the bar, a couple of sampler west coast oysters on the house and settled in for a great night of casual, tasty American cuisine and fine wine. Great ambiance, history and I bet the walls could tell stories. Liked the casual relaxed vibe and great service at the bar!

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MF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I've always found their service to be top notch, which has been hard to come by in other restaurants of same price point in the city. For that, I will always come back. Our dinner party of 3 had the wagyu burger and fish and chips plus the s'mores sundae for dessert, along with great wine (as always). The portions are generous, and the food quality was good. As for the infamous burger, I got tired of the rather bland flavors after the first half. Beware that this is a really big burger. Great job overall.

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JG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a amazing experience.
Love the food , the service was great.

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JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience

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RD
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. A neighborhood standout!

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MG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent ambience, food and service. Good place for a business or social lunch.

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G
Hawaii
67 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed our meal tonight ! Will definitely be back! The food was fantastic !

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g
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a casual business dinner. The food and service were excellent. The accoustics are perfect for conducting business and uninterrupted conversations. Will definitely return!

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DP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was outstanding - from how we were greeted to our final bite!

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d
Miami
31 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very relaxing and the entire staff was friendly and helpful. Go with the short rib!

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MC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great atmosphere, high energy lunch crowd reminiscent of 'mad men' hey day

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j
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

3rd time here
Attentive staff
Will be back again

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L
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our hostess and our servers were outstanding as was the food. This is a go-to for members of my firm for business lunches. I love to go for a nice meal with co-workers.

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