Fodor's Expert Review P. J. Clarke's

$$ Midtown East American

This east-side institution has been dispensing great burgers and beer since 1884. Despite renovations and several owners over the years, the original location (there are offshoots in Lincoln Square and Battery Park City) maintains the beveled-glass and scuffed-wood look of an old-time saloon, and the veteran bartenders and loyal patrons are as much a part of the decor as the light fixtures. More civilized at lunchtime, the bar area heaves with an after-work mob on weekday evenings. Pull up a stool for superlative bar food, like clams casino and the signature burger smothered in creamy béarnaise.

American Historical Lively Lunch Dinner Brunch $$

Quick Facts

915 3rd Ave.
New York, New York  10281-0002, USA


Known For:
  • Cadillac burger (a bacon cheeseburger)
  • Old-time saloon
  • After-work mobs on weekdays

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