SIDECAR at P.J. Clarke's

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

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

AL
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

NW
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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!

P
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

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

TS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

First, the food is delicious. We each loved our meal -- ribs, rib-eye and the wagyu burger. The drinks and sides are great and the service is what you'd expect at a 5 star restaurant. Everyone clearly cares that you have a great experience. It's hidden entrance above P.J.'s is so cute -- like a speakeasy. Tables are far apart. I'd recommend it to friends and business colleagues. A+

l
Orlando
15 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely venue, great service and good food. Was a perfect end to our day!

SH
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Immediately acknowledged as booking with Opentable... and by name.
Overall great service by waitress.
Food was great although “American sized portions” caught us out.
Nice experience... fairly quiet but I guess the venue is used for corporate. We were eating as family with teenage daughters.
Would recommend and go again.

DL
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Sidecar at P.J. Clarke's is a great hideaway. The food is the same awesome food as PJ's , but the atmosphere is better enjoying the company your dinning with. Visitors might want to be downstairs, but Sidecar is my club!

D
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great martinis, great steak, great selection of oysters. Great service by our waiter Sam. We will be back again very soon.

M
New York Area
103 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Nice lunch plenty to chose from.
Make a reservation

GS
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

very pleased with visit. would definitely return. easy to have conversations. lots of room to move around. friendly and informed wait staff. manager was also very hospitable.

GD
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous as always. Sidecar never disappoints. Food, service, ambiance all wrapped up in a club atmosphere.

SK
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

the lobster cobb was deliciious. It really could have been a dinner size. I couldn't finish it.
I thought the entire menu looked good. I'll be back

L
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2019
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.

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.

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.

OT
New York Area
23 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.

OT
New York Area
270 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.

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!

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.

e
New York Area
26 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.

D
New York Area
68 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

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.

D
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A+. Everyone had a great time.

f
New York Area
49 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.

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.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Waitress was amazing

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

PP
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere, friendly staff, and great food!

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

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.

DT
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

BN
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was fantastic. The food and service was excellent.

KS
New York Area
4 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.

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.

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.

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.

LC
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely service. Delicious food and yummy desserts!!

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!

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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