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About SIDECAR at P.J. Clarke's

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.

205 East 55th Street
New York, NY 10022
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
55th Street between 2nd & 3rd Avenues

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 317-2044

Website:
http://www.pjclarkes.com/

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
E or V trains to 53rd Street & Lexington Avenue
N R W trains to 59th Street & Lexington Avenue

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.

Private Party Contact:
Lindsay Mazal - PrivateaffairsNY@pjclarkes.com: (646) 660-3404

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

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Details
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

SIDECAR at P.J. Clarke's Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

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Great for Lunch (8)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Cozy (6)
Casual (5)
Good for Groups (5)
People Watching (5)
Good for a Date (5)
Authentic (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Fun (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Romantic (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Seasonal (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

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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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Service was good but the food was not. The restaurant was not busy and had an older vibe

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 (London)·Dined 6 days ago

Fantastic food in a great location. Definitely recommend it.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We had a quiet dinner for two here after the holidays. Our waiter was attentive and helpful, the cocktails were delicious, and you must try the burgers! We highly recommend Sidecar for romantic yet relaxed evenings, special occasions, or family gatherings.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Cozy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Awesome atmosphere, awesome food! The burgers are the best in the city

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Delicious meal, wonderful setting and terrific wait staff.

Tags: Seasonal, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 12, 2017

I DON'T LIKE LEAVING A BAD REVIEW... Let alone 2! But lunch at the Sidecar; dinner at its Lincoln Center sister... both expensively bad.

$27 waygu beef burgers ordered rare-medium rare delivered medium well and tough as though precooked and reheated. How could PJ Clarke's screw up a signature dish?

French fries ordered burned crisp arrived soggy, limp and drenched in salt! Sent back both times until they got it right.

Plenty of places to go for a $70 meal where they care... and will get it right the first time! BUT to be fair, the place was packed at both locations...

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Service was amateurish. Very tight seating. Party next to us was seated 5 minutes after we were and was drinking and enjoying some bread before the same waiter bothered to greet us. Served food without silverware and plates... had to wait. Food was good... shrimp cocktail and burger ... and eventually service improved a bit, but training is probably a bit lacking.

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Came here based on other reviews and loved it, great ambience and really great signature burgers! Not the cheapest but this is NYC and would definitely come again and would recommend it to anyone.

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (London)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Booked for a business lunch. Good location, good service and good value.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Always consistent and good food & service . We come every Christmas for a holiday lunch . The shrimp cocktail is one of the best as is the burgers . Thank you .

Tags: Business Meals, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Always a pleasure, the staff, the welcome and the food are just perfect. A place to return to again and again. A business lunch where you can have a conversation and the noise is not overwelming.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Our drinks were well made and we move onto wine with dinner. Their oyster selections are fantastic. The steaks were cooked to perfection and the banana pudding dessert was ridiculous!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Service is slow ..

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Food and service were fantastic!

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vip
 (México)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Comimos y nos gustó los ostiones muy buenos una gran hamburguesa y lobster roll. Los callos con rissotto un poco salados. Pero buena experiencia.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, People Watching, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Amazing service and great food.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Excellent food, steak, cheddar chicken pot pie, huge shrimp cocktail, classic wedge salad, and a fantastic Bloody Mary bigger than your head.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Upscale burgers, steaks and seafood in a comfortable, friendly atmosphere. Raw bar selection is top shelf. Always friendly greeting upon arrival and service with a smile.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 30, 2017

This was a great location for a business lunch. Fun environment and great menu options.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Food is always amazing! Their burger is my go-to, but you can't go wrong.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 11, 2017

My grandparents ate here probably 100 years ago. Their creamed spinach reminds me of my Irish grandmothers rendition. Not to be missed. Our server, Stephanie, was a beacon of light and really well versed on the menu at the same time. There are a zillion steak houses in NYC, but this one was special. The crab cake was exceptional, the garlic butter fries (don't tell our cardiologist son) was decadent and the rib eye steak was cooked to perfection and checked on immediately by staff to make sure. Wonderful comfort oasis.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fun, Business Meals, Good for a Date, People Watching, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 10, 2017

The burgers and oysters were excellent. I had a great Old Fashioned drink. Very attentive service. Somewhat noisy, but manageable for real conversation. Nice ambiance. Restaurant somewhat dimly lit, making it challenging to read the menus for some at a neighboring table. I'd go back again!

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Fun
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 5, 2017

The staff was welcoming as we arrived and remained attentive all evening. Our server was helpful in what to order and the food was delicious! The crab cakes were a favorite as was the enormous piece of chocolate cake we shared. The restaurant can be loud due to groups (mostly business dinners) and the exposed bricks but not a deal-breaker. Plus we did not feel rushed. We plan to go back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on September 25, 2017

I love this place. And go back over and over again because the food is delicious and the service is amiable and responsive. And the noise level is such that you can barely call it a noise level. Which means you can have a nice conversation over dinner as well. What more can you ask from a restaurant? As I said when I started out I love this place. And whenever we’re in New York we eat there.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 21, 2017

The food was great with excellent service! Great experience, but a bit surprised by the bill (dishes we asked to share, as suggested on the menu, were just counted double).

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 13, 2017

This place is a bit hidden...go through the door and up the steps under the SIDECAR sign, even though it seems wrong. You then enter a lovely space with brick walls and wooden ceilings. Loved it and the food was excellent. Seating is a little tight and, it took a little to get our waitress for a second soda but, overall, someplace I will return. Perhaps I will try it next with friends/family!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

10 oz steak could not be more than 6oz and
Poor quality!

Tags: Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Love, love, love Sidecar! Great food, great attentive service, great relaxed atmosphere..
don't tell anyone! It's our secret!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on August 28, 2017

We went there because some friends of us recommended it and we will totally recommend it to many of our friends in Spain. We hope we can come back here soon.

Tags: Authentic, Kid-friendly, Cozy, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 16, 2017

First time at this restaurant and I would definitely add to my favorites list. I liked the room layout, and despite a part of 20 plus next to us it wasn't loud at all in room. Server was knowledgeable, friendly and efficient. . Based on her recommendations for 'what we are known for' which was fish daily specials and high quality steaks, I ordered the monkfish special with carrot puree and okra. It was delicious! Appetizer of avocado on toast was tasty with firm, freshly cut slices. The bread pudding with vanilla ice cream (huge so need to share) was sinfully good and worth the penance. Will be back.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 16, 2017

My kind of place! Historic surroundings that are authentic and warm, serving really good approachable, understandable, and tasty food, nice menu with plenty of choices, and presto--a dining experience. Add to that a truly welcoming management and we go back again and again. It's all about the guest!!! Been there more than once, and will go there again and again.
Crabcakes with corn salad were fantastic--dessert was blueberry cobbler. Super yum. My husband had the oysters and mahi tacos. Perfect. Two happy people.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Cozy, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Been to Sidecar several times and have always been pleased with the food. This time that wasn't the case. The clam chowder was a bit salty and the seared tuna salad was a major disappointment. The dressing was very oily and bland. The marinated peppers and olives totally overpowered the other ingredients. Don't order it.

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·Dined on August 2, 2017

I got sick from the food :(

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 13, 2017

I was on a business lunch, staff kept coming over every 2-5 minutes to ask if one of the people in out party was done with their meal. It got to the point that he was being asked so frequently (at least 8 times) he said yes so they would stop coming over, interrupting our conversations and rushing us out of the restaurant.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Sidecar is a favorite of ours. Tables are spaced, service is good, food arrives as ordered and the drinks are poured nicely.

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Great food, service and ambiance.

Will definitely go back soon... and spread the word!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Always Wonderful! Ford, Service, Ambiance, and Hipness!

Tags: Fun, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 27, 2017

We took a friend here who was laid off from his job of 25 years. It was a Club very close to the restaurant. The reservation was made with this in mind, and also with the fact that the owner was a member of the Club. No acknowledgement from anyone including staff, management or the owner. The meal and service were fine. Will probably still return.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 19, 2017

Good food and drinks, friendly staff and with cool interior

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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