P.J. Clarke’s is an NYC Institution and All Three Locations are Reliable

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):

The outdoor seating area here faces all the yachts and boats, and you can see the Statue of Liberty in the distance. It’s a great summer spot to sit and have a glass of champagne and stare out.

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!


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