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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

Specials

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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

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Business Meals (10)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Great for Lunch (7)
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Authentic (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Romantic (6)
Cozy (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Good for a Date (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
People Watching (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Casual (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Seasonal (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Fun (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Hot Spot (1)
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 (Indiana)·Dined 2 days ago

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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 (Charleston)·Dined 5 days ago

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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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

One of the most exclusive experiente in NYC

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 (New York Area)·Dined 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

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

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Romantic, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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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 (Detroit)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Fantastic!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 31, 2018

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Happy Hour, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Lovely place, food and service!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 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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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2018

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

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 (London)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Fantastic food in a great location. Definitely recommend it.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 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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 (Houston)·Dined on December 9, 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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 (München)·Dined on December 9, 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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 (London)·Dined on December 7, 2017

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

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 (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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 (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 10, 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 10, 2017

Service is slow ..

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Food and service were fantastic!

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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (San Francisco)·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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 (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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 (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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 (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
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

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

Tags: Cozy
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