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Oct 5, 2006 08:20 PM

PJ Clarke's - Midtown East?

Hi! My husband enjoys burgers in an old-timey atmosphere. From what I've read, PJ Clarke's seems to fit the bill. Is it worth it? Should we go somewhere else? We really like Corner Bistro and Fanelli's a lot.

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  1. It's worth checking out. I don't think the burger is as good as it was when it first opened and it is wildly overpriced for everything except maybe the burger (e.g. you have to order fries ala carte even with the burger). That stated, the burger is pretty good and the atmosphere can be fun. Definitely go to the one in midtown. STAY AWAY from the T.G.I. Clarke's in the World Financial Center.

    1. Try it, just so you can say you did and to find out if all the talk is just hype. I like the burgers at PJ Clarke's, and the fries also, but I would avoid the fish & chips which is a large portion but tastes oily.

      1. For a great hamburger with a lively bar scene try JG Melon's...Third Avenue & 75th Street....order the cottage fries as a side....very New York-y & wonderful burgers...

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        1. re: fauchon

          PJ Clarke's mini-cheese burgers are amazing as well. On a nice evening the bar scene is very nice there -- people literally spilling out onto the corner of 55th and 3rd. They have a pretty beer selection as well.

        2. Interior of the place is interesting from an historical perspective, but the food is lousy. If they invented the bacon cheeseburger, God help us. They have certainly strayed from whatever it was that once made the place an institution. I would stay away except to duck my head in for a quick look-see.

          1. I agree that JG Melon's is a better choice. Good food, good bar, strong drinks, old-time place.