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Clarkson

225 Varick St., New York, NY 40.728901 -74.005377
nr. Downing St.  See Map
212-675-2474 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Bistro, French
  • Price Range: $$$

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Official Website

clarksonrestaurant.com

Hours

Mon-Sat, 11:30am-1:30am; Sun, 11:30am-9pm

Nearby Subway Stops

1 at Houston St.

Prices

$25-$32

Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Delivery
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Good for Groups
  • Late-Night Dining
  • Live Music
  • Lunch
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Take-Out
  • Online Reservation

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Accepted/Not Necessary

Delivery Area

Canal St. to Christopher St., FDR Dr. to West Broadway

Profile

Maybe it's the wooden ceiling fans, the circular bar, or the hand-painted zebra print detailing on the walls, but certain corners of Soho bistro Clarkson evoke a bit of Rick's Café American—that is, an establishment for expats in search of the familiar. Even with a direct view of the Empire State Building, the restaurant feels less like a downtown destination than a watering hole for people passing through. Squishy-crunchy sourdough bread serves as a warm prelude to the European-inspired seasonal menu. Clarkson's popular weekday happy hour includes $1 oysters and a $3 oyster shot of Bloody Mary mix, gin, lemon, and oysters. The presentations of roasted bone marrow and seared diver scallops with oyster mushroom purée and pea shoots are solid, although the seasoning can be a little heavy, with a few too many ingredients competing for attention. Finish with a French-American dessert—say, the ricotta-and-rhubarb crostata, which comes with graham-cracker ice cream and candied basil. The seasonal (of course) cocktails fit the vaguely upmarket theme of the place and are, as one bartender describes them, aesthetically pleasing drinks.

Recommended Dishes

Charred octopus, $17; pork chop, $29

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