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