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katz deli ? and where are best pancakes?

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I'm in town next week is it possible to have half a sandwich at Katz? I'll be alone and wandering around eating and probably dont need an entire pastrami since on the way out I'll be stopping for my next food adventure. Secondly, where are the best pancakes. On this board i've heard Normas? mentiioned but done want to pay $100 for pancakes. Also, keep hearing about Clinton street bakery's blueberry and banana walnut pancakes howvever I'm hearing conflicitng info as to when they open 8:00am but dont fire up the ovens till 10:00am. I would rather eat my pancakes closer to the 8:00am hour. Can travel anywhere in mahattan but will be in midtown just in case there is anything good nearby.Thank you!

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  1. Two great choices. Katz for pastrami. Clinton St for best pancakes.

    1. Clinton street opens at 10am. Norma's is overly sweet

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        1. re: waterstreet

          Supposedly 8am on weekdays but some Hounds have reported trouble trying to get hot food at that hour. 10am on weekends. I would call in advance to figure out what the deal is.

      1. You can't get half sandwich at Katz's. Pack the half to go. It'll still be good for later.

        1. I think Shopsin's opens at 9 am, and their mac 'n cheese pancakes and slutty cakes are both exceptional. They're more flavorful than Clinton's pancakes. Clinton's pancakes are fluffier and also delicious, but the best part about them is the maple butter syrup.

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          1. re: Slob

            Open Tuesday thru Friday 9am to 3pm. Saturday, they close early at 2:30pm. Not open Sundays or Mondays.

          2. We went to NY last month on holiday and two of the best things we ate were a sandwich from Katz and banana and walnut pancakes from Clinton St. I highly recommend both - those pancakes were huge and I didn't eat anything else for the rest of the day- and even then my husband ate half for me!

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            1. re: iheartcupcakes

              iheart, I agree that the Clinton pancakes are delicious. I've had them several times. I prefer Shopsin's wild creations, though, because they bring more flavor to the table, and I'm a bit of a bold flavor nut.

              I waited for the first time ever at Clinton last time we went (every other time we arrived there early enough to avoid a wait), and it put their pancakes in more perspective for me. I can now say with absolute certainty that they're not good enough to justify an hour and a half wait outside in the cold for.

            2. you can get half a sandwich and a soup, they have that as a special at Katz's

              1. I have never had pancakes at Clinton but i am a regular for pancakes at Fairway (upstairs cafe, 70s and broadway), They are called Elaines Pancakes and they are heaven! The stack of approx. 10 pancakes are small, thin, moist, and are served piping hot with berries and maple syrup. You can get them for breakfast or lunch and definitely without a wait on weekdays but expect to wait a bit on weekends. once again, heavenly!

                1. I think I might be too late for your trip, but if you are in the "pancake" mode, try the Pain Perdu at Landmarc, it's a giant unsliced whole-loaf French toast that is crispy on the outside and custardy on the inside.

                  I am a breakfast maven, and it's so simple to make a good breakfast at home (soft eggs, everything else crispy) that I find virtually every single restaurant breakfast to be not worth wasting calories on (crisp eggs, soggy everything else) including $100 at Normas.

                  1. I really like the pancakes at the Blue Fin.

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                    1. re: pacz

                      12 chairs has very good pancakes.

                    2. Blueberry Panackes at CSB and Lemon Ricotta at Sarabeth's also quite tasty.

                      1. f y i

                        place is called KATZ'S...