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Pancakes and french toast

Yaqo Homo Oct 27, 2007 05:14 AM

Who serves unforgettable pancakes and french toast for Sunday brunch or--even better--breakfast?

Basically, I'm looking for an alternative to Clinton St. Baking Company, where I've been very impressed with the food. I like going there on weekdays, but don't really want to deal with the weekend crowd/waits.

This pancake/french toast venue can be in any neighborhood. Thanks!

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    kathryn Oct 27, 2007 01:32 PM

    French Toast -- Pastis (brioche) or (mentioned above) Neptune Room/Jane (creme brulee battered), 9th Street Market is also very good and less indulgent. They are very generous with the fruit compote there. The Tasting Room has good french toast, too, but the focus is more on the seasonal fruit than the toast itself.

    Pancakes -- Prune does a good rendition of a giant, oven-baked dutch pancake. Five Points and Sarabeth's both do a lemon ricotta pancake, if your tastes swing that way (mentioned above). What about the pancakes at Little Owl? A friend highly recommends them. Oh, and Morandi does excellent crepes, which is almost like pancakes, I guess. And go to Shopsin's! Try the slutty cakes. Or the ones with raspberries/macaroni and cheese. Or one of the more normal options.

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      piccola Oct 27, 2007 11:23 AM

      I love the pancakes at Cowgirl. They're almost plate-size, but wonderfully fluffy.

      This isn't Manhattan (or even NY), but if you take the PATH a couple stops to Grove St. in Jersey City, you can get awesome pancakes at the Brownstone Diner. They have about a pageful of different kinds.

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        shortstop Oct 27, 2007 10:06 AM

        Taste, on 3rd between 80th & 81st, makes delicious challah french toast. Very thick slices that are crisp outside and like custard in the middle, served with warm maple syrup.

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          elgordo Oct 27, 2007 09:36 AM

          For excellent French toast served with Maple Syrup and loads of fresh fruit try Penelope's West 30th Street on Lexington.

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            maxine Oct 27, 2007 09:07 AM

            Is 9th Street Market still around? I love the granmonier french toast at Marquet on 12th between University and 5th. But the service is terrible and the last time I was there they had run out of the french toast and didn't tell me until I waited more than 20 minutes for the order.

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              LeahBaila Oct 27, 2007 09:20 AM

              Good question about 9th St Mkt. Is it still around??
              Totally agree with you on the service at Marquet...it's ridiculous.

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                maxine Oct 27, 2007 09:44 AM

                I tend to be pretty laid back when it comes to service, but yes it gets ridiculous there! I expect them to be slow, but last time while I was waiting for the french toast that didn't exist most of the staff was outside gossiping and smoking! I don't plan to go back (though I do love the french toast - and they are not as bad at lunch).

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              Lucia Oct 27, 2007 09:03 AM

              good, Danal, and Five Points have good versions of both.
              For pancakes, Bubby's, Spotted Pig (cornmeal pancakes), Fairway Cafe
              For French toast, 9th St. Market, Danal (although might currently be closed?), Extra Virgin, Deborah, Jane, Westville, Blue Ribbon Bakery

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              1. re: Lucia
                kathryn Oct 27, 2007 01:30 PM

                Also, the Neptune Room (run by the owners of Jane) does great French Toast. It's creme brulee battered.

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                  Jill Brazil Oct 28, 2007 05:35 AM

                  Actually the pancakes I've had at Sarabeth's were Oat Pancakes with bananas and pure maple syrup! So good!

                2. Jill Brazil Oct 27, 2007 09:01 AM


                  Sarabeth's --- any of their locations. I like going to the Chelsea Market location -- small but usually tables available anytime. More like a tiny cafe.
                  The pancakes are amazing.

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                  1. re: Jill Brazil
                    kathryn Oct 27, 2007 01:31 PM

                    They are lemon ricotta and quite good.

                    Five Points' version is also lemon ricotta, I believe. Yum.

                    Shopsin's does lime ricotta, too, I think, but you might have to ask as Kenny hates making them.

                  2. Bottom Feeding Foodie Oct 27, 2007 08:56 AM

                    I am a big fan of Bubby's pancakes. They are amazingly fluffy and super filling. Only drawback is you usually have to deal with the sounds of plenty of children in the place. I say drawback not because I hate kids, but because after a night out there is usually one or more members of my brunch party that requires a quieter location to refuel.

                    1. LeahBaila Oct 27, 2007 08:31 AM

                      The best French toast I've had in NYC is at The Flea Market Cafe in the EV. The restaurant serves French bistro fare in a very charming setting, right across the street from Thompkins Sq. Park.

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                        daclaw Oct 27, 2007 06:18 AM

                        in my opinion only thing that makes clinton st's pancakes so good is the maple butter.. otherwise aren't pancakes pretty much the same anywhere? anyway, i like those at bubby's.

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