by Julie Besonen, 02/15/2012
Courtesy, P.J. Clarke's
915 Third Ave., 212-317-1616, Midtown East, Manhattan
Sometimes it's all about having a burger at the right place at the right time. P.J. Clarke's, a saloon with an air of bonhomie, calls out for a good old American burger along with that beer or martini. It's a straightforward, nicely charred specimen, simply served with pickle and onion on a bun, the price holding at just under $10. Polishing one off is totally satisfying even though it's not huge and doesn't come with fries. If you're able to grab a table in back during busy lunch hours, we take off our fedora to you. After-work hours are dauntingly crowded too, but if you find yourself in Midtown East late at night, craving a casual repast, go—Clarke's serves until 3am. Sitting at a red-and-white-checkered table, Sinatra playing in the background, having that burger and one more for the road, is a classic New York experience.