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May 8, 2011 04:23 PM

Clinton Street Baking Co. - a couple questions.

1. Does it live up to the hype?

2. Which is the better time to go for breakfast - Friday morning between 10:30 - 11:00 or be there when it opens (or prior to) on Saturday morning?

Thank you!

Clinton Street Baking Co.
4 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

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  1. <1. Does it live up to the hype?>

    It's very good. But if you go expecting to be forever changed by the pancakes, you will be disappointed. Even very good pancakes are still just pancakes.

    <2. Which is the better time to go for breakfast - Friday morning between 10:30 - 11:00 or be there when it opens (or prior to) on Saturday morning?>

    The former is safer. You could luck out on a Saturday, but the odds of getting seated quickly are substantially higher on a weekday. On weekends, a line often forms well before the place opens.

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    1. re: small h

      What small h said.

      They beat the egg whites separately and fold them in last minute. It makes them super fluffy. They also serve them with a warm maple butter, which is very tasty. They are excellent but still, y'know, pancakes.

      However, I've taken folks there for dinner with no wait at all. And you can have them for dinner.

      1. re: kathryn

        However, the more "typical" dinner entrees (e.g., burger, fried chicken, crab cakes) are not very good. I did like the chocolate cake and apple pie with Brooklyn Factory ice cream, though.

        1. re: Nancy S.

          Agree that the rest of dinner "non-pancake" menu do not live up to "pancake" standards. Breakfast and brunch are the way to go at CSBC.

          1. re: Nancy S.

            I've really enjoyed my dinners there, FWIW. Thought the fried chicken was pretty good--my husband loves it and has basically ordered it every time we've been there for dinner.

            1. re: kathryn

              Pretty good may be accurate. But, if we are talking about "living up to hype", I would suggest that dinner may be disappointed, in terms of "hype", if one strays from the pancake route.

        2. re: small h

          I usually go in early afternoon on a weekday - I tried to go on a weekend morning ONCE and could not stomach (literally) the line. I realize not everyone has the luxury of getting up at noon on a weekday though.

        3. It's not just the pancakes: most of what they do there they do very well. I had some of the best huevos rancheros I've ever had there. But, like the pancakes, they weren't life changing, just very good.

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          1. re: Blumie

            Well, the pancakes are what I want (blueberry specifically) so it seems that a late breakfast on Friday will be the best route. Thanks all!

          2. Went there (1st time) at around 9pm on one night, expecting to eat breakfast, but was told "all day" doesn't really mean "all day". What are you kidding me?!

            On the upside, thoroughly enjoyed their salad with Bibb lettuce. Although, I just went back to check the name on their menu, and didn't see it there.

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            1. re: nooyawka

              They've never purported to serve breakfast all day. They do, however, serve their blueberry pancakes at all times. If you couldn't get them, it must have been that they were out (or some sort of miscommunication).

              1. re: Blumie

                At the time, their online menu said so.

                As the menu stands now,
                "served all day"

                Ridiculous-felt like a serious bait and switch. If I wasn't with a date on a rainy night, I would have walked out.

                1. re: Blumie

                  Yes, they were promoting breakfast all day, but maybe they always kept to a limited menu focused on a few pancake items.

                  I've never had those pancakes, but found breakfast there in general to be dull in flavor. I don't believe breakfast items should ever be written off as having a ceiling for how outstanding they are, yet either way, Clinton Street Baking was far off the mark. Biscuits, bacon, jams... just barely ok if one takes into account the hype.