02/20/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Perhaps I should preface my review with something about myself. Being a lifer here in Manhattan, and a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America (class of '94), I have known about PJ Clarke's my whole life, and I have, what I would consider, a decent knowledge of the restaurant industry. That being said, I have to say that I don't understand what some of the other folks who have posted on here are talking about...the PJ's at Lincoln Center was absolutely fantastic. As I sat at the bar waiting for the rest of my friends to arrive, the bartenders were very friendly and accomodating while still flying around and tending to everyone crowded around them. It was at the bar that I split a tray from the raw bar with one of my friends...absolutely terrific!! For those of us who truly know (as garbanz obviously does) a couple grains of sand in the oysters does help to prove how fresh they are, but the better proof was simply in their taste...DELICIOUS, and I loved the variety.
Dinner was spot on!! The waiter was not just friendly, he was engaging, amusing, intelligent, and very knowledgeable about the food he was serving, a VERY rare thing nowadays. We enjoyed a variety of appetizers...the warm lobster salad, the clam chowder, the steamed mussels, the beefsteak tomato salad, and of course the crab cakes...all very flavorful and fresh. Dinner as well was prepared perfectly...the Swordfish was fresh, the Shepard's pie was very ""comforting"", the Berkshire pork chop was amazing, and of course the burger was...well...the PJ's burger!! And for desert...3 words...ICE CREAM SUNDAE!!
This new Lincoln Center PJ's is not the original PJ;s over on the east side...it never will be...and those pretentious ""New Yorkers"" who complain about that should stick to the original. Those of us who are looking for great ambiance, excellent service, a delicious meal, and just a great night overall...we'll make the new history for this PJ Clarke's location!!