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Sidecar@PJ Clarkes - Reviews?

randymac88 Jan 18, 2009 09:41 AM

Hello hounds! Hoping someone on here has some things to say about Sidecar @ PJ Clarkes. I am considering hosting an event there for roughly 75 people, and would be interested in hearing about any experiences/impressions/issues/praise. There's a few reviews out there from Citysearch, but not much here on Chowhound. There is one positive note out there though...

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    randymac88 RE: randymac88 Jan 18, 2009 09:42 AM

    Sorry about the unintentional double-post. Hit submit twice by accident.

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      LPJ RE: randymac88 Jan 18, 2009 09:47 AM

      Had a work holiday lunch here for about 30 people. Service was terrific and the space is quite lovely. Upscale but not stuffy if that makes sense. We did a set menu and it worked out perfectly. Starters were Caesar or Crab cake, choice of 3 things for main (burger, of course, a salad and a pasta maybe), family style sides for the table (creamed spinach, fries) and then dessert. Delish! As for cost I don't know, I wasn't footing the bill! Definitely worth checking it out though, it was a really nice event and the food and service were terrific. Good luck!

    2. jpmcd RE: randymac88 Jan 28, 2009 07:41 AM

      I've posted about Sidecar a couple of times b/c I had my wedding reception there - it was AWESOME! and everyone raved about the food - from the sliders and raw bar to the filet and scallop entrees.

      Service was also excellent. and the absolute best best best part is the booze! Real, proper open bar with wine service and Veuve flowed all night - plus sidecars!

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        19lucas RE: jpmcd Sep 15, 2009 11:04 AM

        Hey JPMCD - I would love to know more about your experience there. Considering how many weeknights we have spent downstairs we thought it could be a great venue! How many guests did you have? Overall how was your experience?

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          sam1 RE: 19lucas Sep 15, 2009 01:53 PM

          well, since ive been here 2x, i figured id chime in. both dinners were business-related and therefore, i didnt pay.

          its a poor excuse for a steakhouse. its a shame because with the pj clarkes affiliation and location, it should work but the food just plain sucks. i had a very mediocre steak here for what i recall was $42. my soft shell crabs were tough and ultra greasy.

          dinner will cost around $80-100/person and the quality just isnt there. i refuse to return.

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            19lucas RE: sam1 Sep 21, 2009 08:56 AM

            Well - that is disappointing to hear - thanks for the advice though!

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              jpmcd RE: 19lucas Sep 21, 2009 08:17 PM

              I don't think it claims to be a steakhouse, but they do serve steaks.

              sam1 - don't know when you ate there but I know when I had my reception there, the chef had just come back after being gone for a serious health issue (and while he was gone, we had a tasting that actually was really bad - but when he returned there was a tremendous difference)

              19lucas - we had about 85 people for sit down dinner with passed apps and cocktails first. lots of apps plus raw bar, starter, choice of 3 entrees, 2 sides and 2 desserts. sidecar as our cocktail, veuve as our chomps, a red, a white and full top shelf open bar.

              the room is beautiful - PJ Clark actually used to live there. it was his apt. the service was fantastic. people at our wedding still rave about it. who wouldn't love a clarke's slider at a wedding? plus a pint of guinness.

              i can't say enough about it. just make sure you schedule a tasting and then you'll know what you're getting. our first tasting was not great but our second was amazing! and my husband and I are PICKY. stick to classics and you shouldn't be disappointed

              to see if our opinions may agree, here are the kinds of other places we love - Mermaid Inn, Bar at the Modern, Sushi Yasuda, Balthazar, Peasant. don't like overrated places like any batali joint, prune, momofuku noodle (ssam is ok).

              if you have any more questions - ask away!

      2. apple342 RE: randymac88 Sep 21, 2009 02:02 PM

        Highly recommended. I am there alot for business lunches/dinners, as my office is two blocks away. I have NEVER had a bad experience there. Food is consistently good and the service is outstanding. Quite spacious and comfortable. Not stuffy or cramped at all. Have never had a private event there, but would have no reservations about doing so.

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          randymac88 RE: randymac88 May 10, 2010 06:31 PM

          Just to follow up on this, we did end up having our reception at Sidecar and it was such an amazing night. The service was jovial and friendly yet professional, the food was great, and the champagne and drinks were flowing heavy all night. You were being offered a drink before you finished your last one. And the room looked great...a really nice balance between class and casual. And once the evening ended, the party rolled on downstairs at PJs. That place will always be a special place for us. Can't recommend it highly enough.

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            sam1 RE: randymac88 May 11, 2010 04:54 PM

            glad you liked it. i stand by my opinion of the place. i guess we just have different tastes.

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