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Seeking Great Pancakes WITHOUT a Hassle

NAtiveNewYorker Aug 25, 2006 01:38 PM

So no "Prune" recs, please.

Anything but the Upper East Side. (Prefer Hells Kitchen, East Village, West Village and Lower East Side.)

Thanks, as always!

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    shortstop Aug 25, 2006 02:07 PM

    Great pancakes: Clinton Street Baking

    Without a hassle: I went during the week, which was hassle free. (they also serve their pancakes at lunch and dinner.) I asked about the crowds on the weekends and my server said that if you get there early the wait is not bad. Perhaps another hound who has navigated the weekend crowds at CSB can give better insight on this.

    Here is my recent report on their pancakes:


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    1. re: shortstop
      Desidero Aug 25, 2006 03:14 PM

      If you get to CSBC at about 9:45 am on the weekends (15 minutes before they open), you can usually get a table in the first seating.

      I used to be a fan of Mayrose's pancakes, but I went back this weekend and found them to be lackluster. Also, the coffee at Mayrose is dreadful.

      1. re: Desidero
        NAtiveNewYorker Aug 25, 2006 06:54 PM

        Too bad about Mayrose. They used to have great mac and cheese. That's probably declined too.

    2. Nosher Aug 25, 2006 02:25 PM

      Fairway Cafe and Shopsin's are my favorites, but Edison Cafe makes a fine, if inconsistent, stack.


      NYCnosh: http://nycnosh.com

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      1. re: Nosher
        NAtiveNewYorker Sep 6, 2006 01:55 PM

        Edison were very good...and the room is terrific.


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          NAtiveNewYorker Sep 11, 2006 12:57 AM

          Went there yesterday. Great room, but chewy pancakes. Overall great old NY experience though.

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        LJW Aug 25, 2006 03:57 PM

        If Brooklyn is a possibility, the best pancakes I've had in New York are at Cafe Luluc on Smith.

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          keith Aug 25, 2006 07:55 PM

          9th street market. Best in the city. No wait if you go early.

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            calypsogirl Aug 25, 2006 09:55 PM

            i love the lemon ricotta pancakes at good in the west village, and the amazing german pancake at august.

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            1. re: calypsogirl
              xavier Aug 26, 2006 01:49 AM

              The best I've ever had were at Balthazar.

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              ttango Aug 26, 2006 01:33 PM

              Ive heard good things about Burgers and Cupcakes pancakes. Can anyone confirm?

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                eastvillagegirl Aug 26, 2006 05:43 PM

                veselka on 2nd avenue and 9th street.

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                1. re: eastvillagegirl
                  BluPlateSpec Oct 3, 2006 12:00 AM

                  Their waffles are great too, made from scratch.

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                  alex70 Aug 26, 2006 07:14 PM

                  shopsins pancakes are amazing

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                    Flynn1 Aug 26, 2006 09:36 PM

                    I had some delicious fresh blueberry-pear pancakes at the Comfort Diner on West 23rd Street bet. 5th & 6th Ave. They serve pancakes all day. The berries were cooked inside the pancakes and I asked for extra blueberries on top. Terrific and there was no wait. It's a retro type diner with big portions - not your foo-foo type brunchy places where you have to wait around for an hour to get a table on the weekends.

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                      bewley Aug 26, 2006 11:15 PM

                      Also, you could try the Crooked Tree Cafe, located at 110 St. Mark's Place, for crepes.

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                        Pan Aug 27, 2006 04:38 AM

                        I think Crooked Tree is just OK, not worth a special trip but not bad if you're in the neighborhood and craving inexpensive crepes.

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                        piccola Sep 7, 2006 03:30 AM

                        If you don't care about decor, try the Landmarc Pancake House in SoHo. It's an ugly diner, but it's cheap and the pancakes are great.

                        Otherwise, go to Jersey City for the Brownstone Diner - the pancake menu is pages long and the stack is several inches high.

                        1. NAtiveNewYorker Oct 2, 2006 07:56 PM

                          Had Clinton Street today. GREAT pancakes.

                          Thanks for the advice.

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                            Nehna Oct 2, 2006 08:19 PM

                            Well on Smith st in brooklyn (its only a cpl extra subway stops from LES), Chestnut does amazing oatmeal pancakes on sundays. I'm really not a pancake person but even I love these. It's very very filling though.

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