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“Great food!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of PJ Clarkes

PJ Clarkes
44 West 63rd Street, Lincoln Square, New York City, NY 10023 (Central Park)
(212) 957-9700
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Ranked #1,452 of 11,599 restaurants in New York City
Cuisines: Irish
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Central Park
Columbus, Ohio
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42 reviews 42 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Great food!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

The food was excellent at P.J. Clarke's. My husband and I shared the clams for an appetizer which I would highly recommend. He had a steak for dinner which was cooked perfectly and I had crab cakes that melted in your mouth. For the quality and price of the food I was a little surprised at the laid back casual atmosphere of the restaurant. There were also a few kids running around which we could have done without. The food was excellent though, if you are looking for a casual place with great food this is your spot.

Visited August 2013
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  • English first
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  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Great for drinks, not so much for food.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

Third time in the last year was NOT a charm. I have to say that I've tried really hard to like this restaurant. It's conveniently located for me; it has a raw bar that usually has 6 varieties of oysters; it's got a hip feel and decent beers on tap. But the food is just very poorly executed. Onion strings are greasy feeling and tasting; Chicken pot pie has dry chicken breast in a sauce that is more overly winey coq au vin than pot pie; Fish and chips are over battered and taste of old fryer grease. Even the decent raw bar suffers because it's hard to get a description of what the different varieties of oyster will taste like and what their textures will be, making ordering a crapshoot.

The comfort food concept makes sense, but the execution is frankly disappointing.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Los Angeles, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Just ok. Slow slow slow service.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

Good looking restaurant in a nice area of town. Nice servers, but terribly slow. Needed a drink refill for probably 15-20 minutes before a server walked by again. Food was good but nothing memorable - super small portions for the price. Came in here because we were close and had hungry bellies that couldn't wait any longer to eat. Probably wouldn't come back unless in the same predicament.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“More Than I Expected From A Bar & Diner In Central NY”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

This place was class. Not in a "finest china and silver service" kind of way, but in a "good food and friendly service in the heart of the city" kind of way, and it was right up my street.

We were out wandering one night looking for a fairly relaxed place near our hotel (on 7th Ave) to have a bottle of wine and a spot of dinner when we stumbled upon PJs completely by accident.

The place was clearly very busy at 9pm at night which for me is always a great sign and so we decided to give it a bash. We did have to wait approx 15 mins for table for 2 to become available, but by this point we had already reviewed the menu and selected our mains for the evening. We were shown to a table close to the window with a great view across the road to the illuminated fountains of the Opera House/Concert Hall. The waiting staff could not have been friendlier to us, and despite the restaurant being extremely busy, at no point did we feel under any pressure to eat up and leave.

The food itself was a fairly standard mix of steak, burgers, fish, mac & cheese, and salads. But also there was a full range of seafood options from the fresh ice bar, including oyster, crab, lobster, etc. literally something for everyone. Don't let this description put you off though, as even the simplest of dishes were very well cooked and presented. They even gave us a tater-tot starter which appealed big time to my inner child, and they were delicious. Probably the first time they'd ever been paired with a NZ Sauvignon Blanc though!

The decor of PJ Clarkes fits the ambience of the place perfectly with a great mix of dark wooden panelling and furniture, combined with red & white checked table cloths which worked just right. As well as the restaurant, there's also a warm and inviting bar stocked with a wide selection of beers and spirits and a couple of screens offering the latest news and sports results.

We ended up visiting twice in the space of 4 days, as we had enjoyed our first visit so much, and this is exactly the kind of place I'd spend quite a bit of time if I lived in NY. In fact it's the kind of place I wish Scotland had more of.

Highly recommended, but if you can't make it to West 63rd, then I think there's a couple of other locations in the city. Check,.......erm,..........TripAdvisor for details.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Tallahassee, Florida
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77 reviews 77 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Terrible service”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

Ate there last night....food was okay, burger was like it was homemade which was good, but service was terrible. We were never checked on, water never refilled, would not split check or even offer to help, stood over us waiting while we divided (and even though there was 9 of us it just needed to to be divided into 3 checks). Then added a huge tip to the bill of $4.50 for each person to the bill for basically NO service but taking order and someone else setting it on the table. It is extremely expense for the food. We had two regular burgers, one order of fries, 1 appetizer salad, one club soda and 2 beers and bill with tip was $87. If the service had been better it may have been palatable.

Visited July 2013
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