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Destination spot for Pancakes and French Toast

I want the best pancakes and french toast I can get in Manhattan. I have heard great things about Clinton STreet Baking, Norma's and Sarbeth's. Are these destination worthy spots? Are there better pancakes elsewhere?

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    1. re: pacz

      Totally disagree. Blue Fin's breakfasts are fine, but hardly a destination place.

    2. The best french toast I've had yet is at Markt or Five Points.

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      1. re: LeahBaila

        Five Points is very good but they don't always have it on the menu, or if they do, it changes from time to time. Sometimes it's banana stuffed. Sometimes it's brioche with ginger syrup.

        That said, I had a Cookshop version with some grainy bread that wasn't very good.

        I also love the creme brulee battered French Toast at the Neptune Room and Jane. As well as the French Toast at Balthazar or Pastis. Yum!

        Blue Ribbon Bakery's challah french toast is only OK. My favorites tend to be brioche based.

        1. re: kathryn

          The french toast at Neptune Room rocks. They also have the same dish at Jane on Houston (same owners).

          1. re: caphill2320

            I can't speak to Jane's pancakes, but finally got to try the French toast on Sunday (the kitchen sent out a complementary plate for our party of six), and it was very likely the best any of us had ever tried -- almost too rich to take on an entire serving.

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            Jane
            100 West Houston Street, New York, NY 10012

            1. re: MatthewB

              I think Jane's version cuts the toast too thick, for a 2-slice dish, actually, so you end up with a more custardy/creamy center. Neptune Room cuts it into 3 slices so you get more edge parts. :) In any case, it's dreamy.

      2. You can't go wrong w/Clinton St. Baking Co. for pancakes. For french toast, there was a recent thread: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/421591
        I'm adding Danal, Extra Virgin, Petite Abeille, and 9th St. Market to that list.

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        1. re: Lucia

          The pancakes at CSBC are very good, indeed.

          1. re: RCC

            The pancakes at Clinton Street Baking Company might indeed be the best in the city.

            1. re: kathryn

              I heartily agree on the Clinton Street Baking pancakes. Here is my report on them from a while ago:

              http://www.chowhound.com/topics/320067

              My favorite french toast is at Taste, 3rd b/80th and 81st. Challah french toast, so moist in the center it is like custard - delish.

        2. the banana french toast with marscapone at extra virgin is really really good.

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          1. re: lanadai

            I couldn't agree more with the Extra Virgin shout out. The Banana French Toast is amazing and one serving can probably feed a small family.

          2. the restaurant at Fairway for pancakes