Here are some things our loyal readers know 1) I like burgers, 2) I like stalking people, and 3) I work in advertising. Therefore when Adam Kuban and Zach went to PJ Clarkes, a famous restaurant featured on Mad Men, it was a must that I follow their lead soon after. So when a friend of mine, BMT, suggested going for lunches, I couldn't resist.
To me, the interior was wonderful and reminded me of the places my family went to when I was but a wee lass. There's a full bar, a raw bar, only a few TVs quietly showing the local game, checkered tablecloths, small tables, and menus on chalkboards. The crowd is supposedly very Midtown East-based, finance, advertising, UN, etc., and the wait is notoriously long; we went the Thursday before Labor Day, while it was crowded, we were seated immediately. Looking at the specials, I believe it's only a matter of time before Brownie and I make return visits, especially for the short rib sandwich and po boy.
I ordered a regular cheeseburger;
while B decided to try the Cadillac (bacon and cheese);
and we got home fries to share.
Pricey for a burger, but you're in Midtown and it's quite comparable to Burger Joint's prices nowadays. The bun to burger ratio was pleasing, no bite didn't have good amount of both. It was juicy, but not overwhelmingly so leading to a soggy, soaked bottom bun. The meat is moist, had a good char, and tender; Adam thought it a bit too salty, but I was fine with the seasoning. The bacon appeared a bit on the soggy side, and might stand to be broiled, but B didn't complain so I'm assuming it was fine. The home fries were a winner, the potato wedges were still intact, with no fancy frou-frou ingredients, just some bits of onion. These were quite possible the best home fries I've had in the North and I completely anticipate returning for brunch to have some.
915 3rd Avenue (there are also three other locations in Manhattan)