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SIDECAR at P.J. Clarke's

4.4
4.4
697 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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Menu

Main

  • East Coast Oysters

    1/2 Dozen | Dozen

    • M/P
  • Littlenecks

    1/2 Dozen | Dozen

    • M/P
  • Cherrystones

    1/2 Dozen | Dozen

    • M/P
  • The Sampler$41.50

    4 Oysters, 4 Littlenecks, 4 Cherrystones, 4 Large Shrimp

    • The Deluxe$76.50

      1/2 Maine Lobster, 6 Oysters, 4 Littlenecks, 4 Cherrystones, 6 Large Shrimp

      • Smoked Salmon Mini Tacos$15.50

        Sour Cream, Chives, Lemon Micro Greens

        • Bay Scallop Ceviche$16.50

          Scallops, Aji, Red Onion, Cilantro

          Soups

          • Creamy Tomato Soup$12.00

            Local Farmstead Cheddar Toast

            • Cherrystone Clam Chowder$14.75

              Potato, Celery, Onion, Parsley, Pancetta, Milk

              Starters

              • Green Goddess Deviled Eggs$12.25

                Avocado, Sea Salt, Smoked Paprika

                • Mini Ahi Tuna Tacos$16.75

                  Tuna Tartar, Lime, Cucumber, Serrano Avocado Crema, Crisp Shell

                  • House-Made Tater Tots$14.50

                    Cheddar, Russets, Spiced Ketchup

                    • Soft Pretzel Pigs in a Blanket$15.75

                      Sweet Mustard Dipping Sauce

                      • Crispy Calamari$17.50

                        Mint Remoulade or Point Judith Style

                        • Jumbo Gulf Shrimp Cocktail$22.25

                          Classic Tomato Horseradish Sauce

                          • Mac & Cheese, Skillet Baked$14.25

                            Double Smoked Bacon, Peas, Vermont Cheddar

                            Salads

                            • Iceberg Wedge$13.25

                              Buttermilk Bleu, Bacon, Tomato

                              • Baby Arugula$15.25

                                Fresh Goat's Cheese, Toasted Almonds, Honey Crisp Apples, Lemon Vinaigrette

                                • Warm Lobster Cobb$35.50

                                  Avocado, Cucumber, Bacon, Egg, Buttermilk Bleu, Tomato, Bibb

                                  • Chicken Caesar$24.50

                                    Sliced Breast, Romaine Hearts, Parmesan, Garlic Croutons

                                    • Grilled Salmon Chopped Salad$27.25

                                      Iceberg, Radicchio, Cucumber, Celery, Green Beans, Bell Peppers, Chickpeas, Fennel, Kalamata Olive

                                      Main Courses

                                      • Chicken Paillard$25.50

                                        Arugula, Shaved Parmesan, Fennel, Virgin Olive Oil, Lemon

                                        • Slow Cooked Baby Back Ribs$22.50

                                          Dry Rubbed, Sweet & Smoky BBQ Sauce, Sea Salt Fries, Coleslaw

                                          • Pan Roast Chicken Breast$26.75

                                            Crispy Smashed New Potatoes, Roast Brussels Sprouts, Herbed Jus

                                            Black Angus Steaks

                                            Neat, Roquefort Butter, Béarnaise or Au Poivre

                                            • Prime Skirt Steak Frites$33.75

                                              • Boneless Ribeye Frites$39.00

                                                • NY Strip Steak Frites$45.00

                                                  • Crown-Cut Filet Frites$49.00

                                                    Seafood

                                                    • Crispy Skin Faroe Island Salmon$27.75

                                                      Grilled Asparagus, Lemon, Sauce Vierge

                                                      • Pan Seared Red Snapper$28.25

                                                        Yuzu Ginger Butter Sauce, Baby Bok Choy

                                                        • Proper Fish & Chips$24.25

                                                          Craft Beer Batter, Chunky Tartar Sauce, Malt Vinegar, Maldon Sea Salt, Lemon Wedge

                                                          Sandwiches

                                                          Sea Salt Fries

                                                          • Classic Maine Lobster Roll$35.75

                                                            Toasted Brioche, Touch of Mayo

                                                            • Roast Chicken Club$20.25

                                                              Double Smoked Bacon, Avocado, Tomato, Organic 7 Grain, Bibb, Lemon Mayonnaise

                                                              • Maryland Jumbo Lump Crab Cake$27.75

                                                                Chunky Tartar Sauce, Coleslaw

                                                                • Wagyu Bacon Cheddar Burger$28.25

                                                                  Wagyu Brisket Short Rib Blend, Double Smoked Bacon, Cabot Cheddar

                                                                  Side Orders

                                                                  • Sea Salt Fries$7.50

                                                                    • Grilled Asparagus$10.25

                                                                      • Crispy Haystack Onion$7.50

                                                                        • Sautéed Spinach$10.25

                                                                          • Crispy Brussels Sprouts$10.25

                                                                            • Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes$10.75

                                                                              Last updated: May 10, 2019

                                                                              What 697 people are saying

                                                                              Overall ratings and reviews

                                                                              Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                                                              4.4
                                                                              4.4 based on all time ratings
                                                                              • 4.2Food
                                                                              • 4.3Service
                                                                              • 4.3Ambience
                                                                              • 4.0Value

                                                                              NoiseModerate

                                                                              93% of people would recommend it to a friend

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                                                                                Lynnea55

                                                                                New York Area

                                                                                24 reviews

                                                                                vip
                                                                                5.0

                                                                                24 reviews

                                                                                Dined on March 11, 2020

                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                Fantastic as usual with superlative service.

                                                                              2. H

                                                                                Honesttoafault

                                                                                Chicago

                                                                                17 reviews

                                                                                vip
                                                                                3.0

                                                                                17 reviews

                                                                                Dined on March 4, 2020

                                                                                overall3food2service3ambience5

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

                                                                              3. GD

                                                                                Gr8fullyDeadicated

                                                                                Hawaii

                                                                                7 reviews

                                                                                5.0

                                                                                7 reviews

                                                                                Dined on March 2, 2020

                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                Always a great place. Never been disappointed

                                                                              4. A

                                                                                Andych8

                                                                                New York Area

                                                                                40 reviews

                                                                                vip
                                                                                5.0

                                                                                40 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.

                                                                              5. KS

                                                                                KelseyS

                                                                                New York Area

                                                                                4 reviews

                                                                                2.0

                                                                                4 reviews

                                                                                Dined on February 16, 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.

                                                                              6. OT

                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                Orlando

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                5.0

                                                                                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.

                                                                              7. s

                                                                                scotts

                                                                                New York Area

                                                                                14 reviews

                                                                                vip
                                                                                5.0

                                                                                14 reviews

                                                                                Dined on February 14, 2020

                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                                              8. NW

                                                                                NewtoW

                                                                                New York Area

                                                                                8 reviews

                                                                                vip
                                                                                5.0

                                                                                8 reviews

                                                                                Dined on February 13, 2020

                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                Always perfect from food atmosphere to awesome staff!

                                                                              9. r

                                                                                richie8080

                                                                                London

                                                                                3 reviews

                                                                                5.0

                                                                                3 reviews

                                                                                Dined on February 12, 2020

                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

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

                                                                              10. J

                                                                                Jake

                                                                                New York Area

                                                                                4 reviews

                                                                                5.0

                                                                                4 reviews

                                                                                Dined on February 9, 2020

                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                                              11. RB

                                                                                RachelB

                                                                                New York Area

                                                                                5 reviews

                                                                                vip
                                                                                5.0

                                                                                5 reviews

                                                                                Dined on February 9, 2020

                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                                              12. EN

                                                                                ElizabethN

                                                                                Nashville

                                                                                5 reviews

                                                                                5.0

                                                                                5 reviews

                                                                                Dined on February 2, 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!!

                                                                              13. RB

                                                                                RachelB

                                                                                New York Area

                                                                                5 reviews

                                                                                vip
                                                                                5.0

                                                                                5 reviews

                                                                                Dined on January 26, 2020

                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                                              14. JO

                                                                                JamesO

                                                                                New York Area

                                                                                10 reviews

                                                                                5.0

                                                                                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.

                                                                              15. o

                                                                                opentabler

                                                                                New York Area

                                                                                6 reviews

                                                                                vip
                                                                                5.0

                                                                                6 reviews

                                                                                Dined on January 22, 2020

                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                Great food great service as always

                                                                              16. LG

                                                                                LisaG

                                                                                Charlotte

                                                                                6 reviews

                                                                                vip
                                                                                4.0

                                                                                6 reviews

                                                                                Dined on January 19, 2020

                                                                                overall4food4service4ambience5

                                                                                Was looking for great food nearby our hotel as it was snowing . Great food and atmosphere, walking distance from our hotel

                                                                              17. JO

                                                                                JamesO

                                                                                New York Area

                                                                                10 reviews

                                                                                5.0

                                                                                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.

                                                                              18. m

                                                                                markw

                                                                                Phoenix

                                                                                6 reviews

                                                                                vip
                                                                                5.0

                                                                                6 reviews

                                                                                Dined on January 16, 2020

                                                                                overall5food4service4ambience5

                                                                                Love this place! Great For a business lunch.

                                                                              19. RH

                                                                                RobertH

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                5.0

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                Dined on January 12, 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!

                                                                              20. JO

                                                                                JamesO

                                                                                New York Area

                                                                                10 reviews

                                                                                5.0

                                                                                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.

                                                                              21. M

                                                                                Michael

                                                                                New York Area

                                                                                113 reviews

                                                                                vip
                                                                                5.0

                                                                                113 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.

                                                                              22. MS

                                                                                MariaS

                                                                                New York Area

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                vip
                                                                                5.0

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                Dined on January 7, 2020

                                                                                overall5food4service5ambience5

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

                                                                              23. l

                                                                                lisas

                                                                                New York Area

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                vip
                                                                                1.0

                                                                                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!

                                                                              24. J

                                                                                Jake

                                                                                New York Area

                                                                                5 reviews

                                                                                5.0

                                                                                5 reviews

                                                                                Dined on December 26, 2019

                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                Great Food, Service and Atmosphere! Still one of the best burgers in NYC

                                                                              25. OT

                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                New York Area

                                                                                3 reviews

                                                                                vip
                                                                                5.0

                                                                                3 reviews

                                                                                Dined on December 22, 2019

                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                                              26. L

                                                                                Lynnea55

                                                                                New York Area

                                                                                25 reviews

                                                                                vip
                                                                                5.0

                                                                                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.

                                                                              27. OT

                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                New York Area

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                5.0

                                                                                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.

                                                                              28. SU

                                                                                SUSANA

                                                                                Charleston

                                                                                5 reviews

                                                                                4.0

                                                                                5 reviews

                                                                                Dined on December 15, 2019

                                                                                overall4food5service3ambience5

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

                                                                              29. W

                                                                                Wally

                                                                                New York Area

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                vip
                                                                                3.0

                                                                                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).

                                                                              30. JO

                                                                                JamesO

                                                                                New York Area

                                                                                10 reviews

                                                                                5.0

                                                                                10 reviews

                                                                                Dined on November 15, 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.

                                                                              31. AT

                                                                                AboutTown

                                                                                New York Area

                                                                                5 reviews

                                                                                vip
                                                                                5.0

                                                                                5 reviews

                                                                                Dined on November 5, 2019

                                                                                overall5food4service5ambience4

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

                                                                              32. OT

                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                New York Area

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                vip
                                                                                2.0

                                                                                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.

                                                                              33. TF

                                                                                TomFerg

                                                                                New York Area

                                                                                16 reviews

                                                                                vip
                                                                                3.0

                                                                                16 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

                                                                              34. F

                                                                                Foodnwinegirl

                                                                                London

                                                                                31 reviews

                                                                                vip
                                                                                3.0

                                                                                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.

                                                                              35. e

                                                                                eat23

                                                                                New York Area

                                                                                56 reviews

                                                                                vip
                                                                                3.0

                                                                                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.

                                                                              36. FN

                                                                                FedericaN

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                2.0

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                Dined on October 20, 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.

                                                                              37. OT

                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                New York Area

                                                                                2 reviews

                                                                                5.0

                                                                                2 reviews

                                                                                Dined on September 30, 2019

                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                                              38. AL

                                                                                AnnetteL

                                                                                Des Moines

                                                                                2 reviews

                                                                                5.0

                                                                                2 reviews

                                                                                Dined on September 23, 2019

                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                                              39. NW

                                                                                NewtoW

                                                                                New York Area

                                                                                9 reviews

                                                                                vip
                                                                                5.0

                                                                                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!

                                                                              40. P

                                                                                Pittsburgh

                                                                                New York Area

                                                                                14 reviews

                                                                                5.0

                                                                                14 reviews

                                                                                Dined on September 22, 2019

                                                                                overall5food5service4ambience5

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

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