I was about 14 when I first moved to Midtown East. I didn’t know that I was so close to one of the oldest NYC establishments–probably because I was so young and it just looked like a bar to me. (The 55th Street location is the original one from the late 1800s/early 1900s.) Over the last few years, I’ve really come to appreciate and love P.J. Clarke’s. I like all three locations, and they all have that old New York “Mad Men” vibe. I think the 55th Street location may have even been in one of the episodes.
This weekend I went to the one on the Hudson two days in a row. Don’t judge, I had good reason! I was signing for my new apartment in the area. Some photos of the Hudson location (P.J. Clarke’s Hudson location):
They have seafood, burgers, sandwiches, and salads. I’m always happy with what I order whether it’s colossal shrimp or a burger. This weekend I was craving a hearty salad. Here’s the chicken Cobb salad on the right. On the left, and there’s a kale, goat cheese, chickpea, and apple salad topped with grilled chicken.
The kale salad was actually a recommendation by two of the bartenders there, without even knowing the other person had suggested it. That’s one thing I love about this place…the service is always good and it feels like genuine and authentic attention.
All the locations have that same decor and feel inside. Here’s a picture from December 2014 of the one across from Lincoln Square on the Upper West Side:
Highly recommend all the locations. We went to the Upper West Side one after seeing The Nutcracker Ballet at Lincoln Center. Perfect for a later dinner!