P.J Clarke's, New York City, New York
915 Third Avenue, at 55th Street
New York, NY 10022
On a (hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk day) in July (three months before COVID), I was cabbing my way from museum to museum. In the Cooper Hewitt museum shop I found a Best Burgers of NYC map. I went back to my place to check it out and (within walking distance) proximity picked P.J. Clarke's (1884). Inside, the place was dark, loud and packed. I asked the bartender were I could grab a seat and he said "Do I look like a freaking hostess" and in his defense he was right he was not a hostess. Hostess-less, I made my way to the back and found a table. The waitress said that the occupied table to my right was Sinatra's favorite spot (table #20). I started with some deviled eggs (excellent) and a bottled Mexican Coke. I got the Clarke Burger medium cooked, caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato, American cheese, pickles and a sweet onion slice on the side. The burger was outstanding and it didn't turn into a total mess to eat. P.J. Clarke's also makes their own ketchup, so I got a side of it for the burger. Check out this link http://pjclarkes.com/our-roots/ to see some New York & American history through P.J. Clarke's eyes.
Sinatra's table #20