Another premier Burger chain opens in the Big Apple
New York City is the home of some of the best burger joints in the world. Last September, on National Cheeseburger Day, CBS New York listed its 12 best burger locations. They included Best Burger and Shakes, The Palm, Burger Joint at Le Parker Meridien, Corner Bistro, Donovan’s Pub, Five Napkin Burger, J. G. Melon, Peter Luger, Prime Burger, Shake Shack, Wollensky’s Grill and P. J. Clarke’s.
The original P.J. Clarke’s is a famous saloon, established 1884 and still occupying a building located at 915 Third Avenue on the northeast corner of East 55th Street.
Over the past one hundred years one of the prized items on the menu is Clarke’s burger. Actor, Richard Harris, said, “I adore the hamburgers at P. J. Clarke’s”. Nat King Cole proclaimed in the later 1950s that his P.J. Clarke’s bacon cheeseburger was “the Cadillac of burgers” Dick Clark, after ringing in the New York with America, he made P.J. Clarke’s his traditional post broadcast destination, where his first meal of the New Year was always a hamburger and a beer..
P.J. Clarke’s has expanded in Manhattan with a location at Lincoln Square (44 West 63rd Street) on the upper West Side and on the Hudson in Battery Park City, at 250 Vesey Street in Four World Financial Center. The company also has locations in Washington, D.C. and Las Vegas and San Paolo, Brazil.
On Wednesday, February 6th, the owners of P.J. Clarke’s will be opening Clarke’s Standard, at 636 Lexington Avenue, the corner of East 54th Street and Lexington Avenue. According to Arnold Penner, partner of Phil Scotti of P.J. Clarkes, told me “we will have the best burgers in town. The hot dog is fantastic and is an entire meal.”
The Clarke’s Standard is located in the former Goodburger location, one of the five goodburger locations in Manhattan. Mr. Penner said, there are plans to open additional locations in New York City and around the nation.
The other Goodburger locations were at 800 Second Avenue (corner 43rd Street) 870 Broadway (between 17th and 18th Street) 101 Maiden Lane (at the corner of Pearl Street) and 977 8th Avenue (between 57th and 58th Streets).