P.J. Clarke's - Third Avenue

4.5
237 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Top tags:
  • Comfort Food
  • Casual
  • Neighbourhood Gem
The original, virtually unchanged since 1884. Serving up fresh food, frosty drinks and good, old-fashioned conversation.

Special Offers

Classic Happy Hour

Enjoy $5 Draft Beers, $6 Guinness, $10 House Cocktails, $2 Oysters, and $1 Clams

*At the bar only*

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 8 February 2019

Ends: 9 February 2118

Availability: Mon-Fri 15:00-18:00

What 237 People Are Saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food & service...can’t wait to go back!

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OT
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This place is amazing. The staff was very attentive and fun to talk to. The food was fantastic I recommended the the Cadillac burger and the ribeye! Will be back.

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LR
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

great place to hang out with friends. The hamburgers are to die for as is the rest of the menu. Prices are very reasonable and the restaurant has great ambiance.

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GD
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Had a wonderful Caesar salad with grilled chicken. My daughter chose the pot pie and it was absolutely delicious. Cool atmosphere and attentive staff.

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent from moment we entered until we left. Sarah was fantastic!

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M
22 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I was a regular in the mid 80's...a return visit did not disappoint! I loved every minute, especially visiting with waitress Pat. Great food & ambience. I miss the old phone booth. Keep the tradition going!

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GC
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

This place is superb! My wife and I went for brunch last Saturday and we couldn't have been happier. We both had burgers, she had the Cadillac burger and I had the BBQ Blue Cheese burger. They were quite fast in service as well as cooked to perfection. Very tasty indeed. My only reservation about this place was the dessert, we had the chocolate Oreo cake. It sounded very nice in the menu but in reality there was much left to be desired. I will definitely be coming back and trying their other dishes. Probably not having any more desserts there.

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S
10 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everyone was so friendly and accommodating!

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JR
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 1

So Incredibly loud, it was difficult to carry on conversation.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food and service is always great here. My steak was perfect and they have the best passionfruit cosmo too!

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CS
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

PJ Clarke’s is simply brilliant. Always a fantastic atmosphere - love it!

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JM
2 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Consistant. Consistent quality, consistent service. Great place!

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OT
4 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

I haven’t been for about 10 years but it hasn’t changed. Busy bar, beautiful brick facade and charming staff.

Food was great tables are unfortunately placed very close together, so other conversations are easily overheard. Not ideal for an intimate occasion.

Overall I will return again when in NYC as its got great character and a vibe to it, a NYC icon.

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OT
5 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a great experience! Food was excellent, staff was attentive and friendly and the atmosphere was old-school cool. Loved it!

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NP
12 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Arrived before the dinner rush and stayed well into it. I have to say our waitress was the best server I have had in a while. She checked in on us but never rushed us and when she didn’t know something about the beer my friend wanted to order she went to the bartender to get the answer (so many servers are afraid to say “I don’t know, but I’ll find out). We shared a burger and the fish and chips. I thought the burger was excellent but the fries were a little disappointing. The fish and chips was a generous portion and the fish was hot and crispy if not a little under seasoned and again with the unimpressive fries. I will say that I very much enjoyed the unusual ketchup that they had on the table and that did help the fries.

Once the place got busy it did get loud and crowded, but I liked that it was filled with neighborhood people, young families and older couples.

The bar in front was super busy when we walked in around 5:30 and just as busy when we left two hours later.

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TO
128 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We arrived a little bit early, and management still accommodated us. Even though we were not all there. They made our life very easy. Food is in tastic, service is perfect. Burgers are the best in the city.

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C
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

I used to visit PJ’s in the 90’s when I worked in the area. It was the best place to mingle. Returned after years with some friends and the vibe is still great. The service was very good and attentive. I was a little disappointed that the portions were not as they used to be (or at least a bit more) considering the prices had increased a great deal. The Irish coffee was amazing.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Burgers were fantastic! So was the smores sundae!

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A
7 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Sempre un must. Carina la location, una costruzione di fine '800 in mezzo ai grattacieli. E' stato il posto preferito di Frank Sinatra, ma anche di vip, modelle e personaggi del jet set, oppure di sportivi come Agassi. Da non mancare soprattutto a colazione

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RS
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 5

Food was very overpriced. I paid 27 bucks for a burger that tastes the same as my girlfriends burger, which cost 10 dollars less.

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R
17 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We had a great time at P.J. Clark’s. I have been stopping off here for over 40 years and the place looks just the same. It is comfort food with a capital “C” and a neighborhood spots hang-out. We have a little corner that is just right for a cold January night—-it was 6 degrees. The bloody Marys are the size of a soda fountain milkshake and are the best of their kind. We started with oysters on the half shell and ended by sharing an old fashioned warm
apple cobbler. Our team didn’t win, but we always win with good food and company at P.J. Clark’s—-a little bit of little old New York!

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JE
2 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

P.J.s experience was outstanding. The ambience with the exposed brick and history of this building and the unchanging atmosphere is always worth it. The burger is just the right size with the quality of the meat and bread being fantastic. The wait staff is always very accommodative and friendly. I always look forward to the experience.

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OT
5 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

Good for historic ambiance. Service was good. Food is just average and drinks are average to slightly above average and both are greatly over-priced for the quality. Burgers are not nearly as good as Corner Bistro or J.G. Melon. Fries were undercooked and greasy. The ice cream sundae was excellent. You go here because it is supposedly a N.Y. Institution, not for the the food and drink. Unfortunately is now more for tourists than a place where Manhattanites frequent.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

One of my favorite places for great food and great atmosphere!

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RL
2 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Ordered the Cadillac burger with fried egg. Delicious. Quick and easy business lunch.

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n
2 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

I'm sorry to say that my lunch at PJ Clarke's was disappointing. My daughter's cheeseburger tasted like fish. Are they grilling burgers on the same grill as the fish??? Also, I ordered the lobster roll. While it was tasty, no way was there 1 1/2 pounds of lobster on the roll. Very disappointing...especially for the cost! Not going back.

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SS
2 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great. Perfect ambiance

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JR
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Ticket wait time was way too long.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great we had a very nice time

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JD
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Overpriced hamburgers that were so-so and customizing them made them even more expensive. $6 for a strip of bacon? Really. Chicken sandwich was undercooked. Disappointing. Burgers look great but two customized burgers, one chicken sandwich and a fish taco appetizer shouldn’t cost $100. No drinks, no dessert. Geez.

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RW
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 1

Average at best, food came out cold and the waiter just hounded us to order more drinks. We were there for a business lunch.

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n
104 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Quintessential NYC public, food is great, service is attentive, and there's great vibe. Definitely recommend.

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MC
4 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Ordered the fish and chips and the fish tasted funny. Had the pecan pie for dessert and it was a disappointment. Love this place for the ambience but not the food.

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AD
3 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

This is my third time at this restaurant. Every time the food is good quality. This time my burger arrived cold at the table.
Even though the restaurant was not full, I felt as if the personnel were trying to get us to finish fast with our dinner.

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AF
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, fish n chips were amazing, very light super crispy batter and their burgers are delicious guilty pleasures. They don’t have high chairs but are extremely friendly and hospitable helping out with our with our baby any way we needed 😊

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JB
4 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service and amazing food. Will eat here every trip to NYC in the future. This is where locals go.

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RD
3 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really enjoyed this place. Fantastic food and service

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BC
10 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We chose this meal after a long drive and checking into a hotel two blocks away. Got off to a rocky start with a very/harsh jolted comment from the on-duty manager regarding our child's food sensitivities. Felt like a verbal slap in my face. Combined with a travel day, the news of the death of a co-worker and three kids needing dinner, we were just looking for family time. It ruined the majority of the meal as we debated what he said about us, while teaching the children not to act the same way, but in end time, we were greeted with an apology once my husband chatted with management. Food was good, but the adults enjoyed more than kiddos. Ribeye steak was salty. Club sandwich was divine. Waygu burger was demolished! And the S'mores Sundae dessert didn't last long, It was given to us a a gesture from the manager.

People need to be nicer and kinder, less judgmental and less in a place to insinuate judgement about others. If this was so, I would have raved about this place like my most fave spot ever in the sense of a neighborhood fave and higher-end gathering spot. Approach a customer like you have NO idea what they came in for, why they need a meal, and why they are not cooking themselves. I will assume the same about the reason my server is taking care of me and my family. When it all comes down to it, life is about how you treat people. Thank you to Pat (Patricia) our server for being so lovely and kind. She made up for the hurt we felt for the first hour.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Dinner with wife & kids, great food, excellent service. My favorite restaurant in NYC!

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JC
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing! Food was good, service was excellent and the place is so authentic and with great vibes! Will definitely come again!!

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