Eat By Numbers: P.J. Clarke’s

When you dine out, you might think about the ingredients that go into your food, but you probably don’t think about all the numbers that make your meal happen. Restaurants are filled with interesting figures that might not be apparent when you bite into an enticing entrée or take a sip of a signature cocktail, but they’re all around you.

This week we take a jaunt over to NYC transplant P.J. Clarke’s, which is decorated with everything from pictures of presidents to quotes about drinking and relics once owned by Walt Disney.


P.J. Clarke’s

Age of the original P.J. Clarke’s in New York City: 128 years old

P.J. Clarke’s locations: Six, including outlets in Las Vegas and Sao Paulo, Brazil

Seats upstairs: 127

Quotes on the walls: Three, including this pithy little quip from Irish writer Brandon Beehan, “The last time I turned down a whiskey, I didn’t understand the question.”

Portraits hanging:  135, including shots of Jackie O and Hillary Clinton

Find out the rest of the numbers by clicking over to CityEats’ Plate blog now.


Loud and Proud: P.J. Clarke’s Opens New Outpost

20101202-pjclarkes-450When you walk into P.J. Clarke’s — which opened in October — in downtown D.C., you hit a wall of sound. A hundred conversations clamor for priority, waitstaff hustles and bustles around at top speed, there’s clatter and commotion from the open kitchen, and ’50s rock tunes fill any blank spaces. There’s an energy and electricity in the air that feels very New York City, which is unsurprising, since that’s the hometown of the original P.J. Clarke’s.

Though the aesthetic falls between a turn-of-the-20th-century saloon, a not-so-secret speakeasy and a family restaurant (kids are very welcome and highly evident), P.J. Clarke’s is more focused when it comes to the food. It specializes in classic steak house dishes firmly grounded in American traditionalism. Read the full review on the Express website now.