SIDECAR at P.J. Clarke's

4.7
648 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Lunch
  • Neighbourhood Gem
SIDECAR is PJ Clarke's handsome semi-private upstairs dining room. The birthplace of Patrick Joseph Clarke himself, for 50 years, it was a musty antiques office. Now, its wood beamed ceiling, exposed brick walls hung with fine art, and long seemingly endless space welcomes diners to one of Manhattan's most intimate dining rooms. You enter Sidecar through a special entrance on East 55th Street. The menu, prepared in Sidecar’s own kitchen, is Steaks, Chops, Seafood and Raw Bar. Whether seated on the long banquets that run the entire length of the room, or at a table on the main floor, it immediately envelopes one in a unique sense of clubby comfort. An extensive wine collection, personal attention and the quiet calm of a unique refuge complete the experience.

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L
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always the food was exceptional and, as always, the staff was perfection. I highly recommend Side Car for any event or meal. You won't be disappointed.

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L
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

It is a little pricey for lunch and a bit noisy if you are trying to have a one on one conversation but the food is good and the service friendly if a bit slow.

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F
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Always a great meal at Sidecar. The crab cake was delicious and the salad so fresh. A wonderful place for a friendly get together or special meal.

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OT
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Ribs require extra napkins and a wet packed one is appreciated. Doesn’t come that way.

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OT
New York Area
261 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Sidecar has always been very good. The most recent visit gave off a different vibe somehow. Half the dining room was partitioned off for no apparent reason. The whole experience seemed more casual, which is ok. But something seemed different. Have to go back again. But food still great.

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GP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Sidecar is an iconic New York restaurant in as much as it appears in Mad Men amongst other TV shows and films. It sits above the original PJ Clarke's, which is an institution in itself.
The ambiance is great, the food is good, and the service is very attentive.
Would definitely recommend - particularly for an out of town visitor!

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FN
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

I wasn't too impressed with the food, especially at the price of each dish. They were also out of an appetizer .. at 1:30 in the afternoon.. Kind of strange seeing as how quiet the place was. It wasn't a terrible experience, but I don't think I'd go back.

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e
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Went to Sidecar for a Wednesday lunch with 3 colleagues. Ordered the chicken club/iced tea. Very comfortable room, great for conversation. Excellent service. The sandwich had fresh ingredients but found it to be a bit dry, the cole slaw was as well. $20+ for a sandwich is well within UES prices but it should be deelish. That said, will go back.

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D
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food. Great service from our waiter Sam. We are going back again on fri

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JD
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
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 on 15 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A+. Everyone had a great time.

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f
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on 13 May 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 10 May 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 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Waitress was amazing

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EH
1 review
Dined on 8 May 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
11 reviews
Dined on 1 May 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 29 April 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 25 April 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 24 April 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 18 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was fantastic. The food and service was excellent.

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KS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Reunion with old friends. Night started off well. But service became poor as it became more busy. Wait staff is not collaborative and would not assist us if we were not designated to them. Our dedicated server chose to double down on servicing a larger party that came in after us, and we were largely ignored. Variety of appetizers were average. The wagyu burger was tasteless and not as good as the downstairs classic burgers.

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L
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 11 April 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 10 April 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 1 April 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 25 March 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 19 March 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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NP
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on 16 March 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
12 reviews
Dined on 15 March 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 13 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service, excellent.

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B
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

AkwAys deoendsble

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A
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on 9 March 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 9 March 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 7 March 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
4 reviews
Dined on 6 March 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 28 February 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 28 February 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 28 February 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
3 reviews
Dined on 23 February 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 22 February 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
4 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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