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Clinton Street Baking Co. - a couple questions.

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browndog888 May 8, 2011 04:23 PM

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!

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

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    small h RE: browndog888 May 8, 2011 06:04 PM

    <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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      kathryn RE: small h May 8, 2011 06:09 PM

      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.

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        Nancy S. RE: kathryn May 9, 2011 05:27 AM

        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.

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          RCC RE: Nancy S. May 9, 2011 06:47 AM

          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.

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            kathryn RE: Nancy S. May 9, 2011 06:47 AM

            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.

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              Nancy S. RE: kathryn May 9, 2011 06:51 AM

              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.

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          uwsister RE: small h May 9, 2011 05:54 PM

          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.

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          Blumie RE: browndog888 May 8, 2011 06:28 PM

          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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            browndog888 RE: Blumie May 9, 2011 08:03 AM

            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!

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            nooyawka RE: browndog888 May 9, 2011 12:59 PM

            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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              Blumie RE: nooyawka May 9, 2011 08:02 PM

              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).

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                nooyawka RE: Blumie May 10, 2011 07:39 AM

                At the time, their online menu said so.

                As the menu stands now,
                http://www.clintonstreetbaking.com/?p...
                "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.

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                  sugartoof RE: Blumie May 10, 2011 02:59 PM

                  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.

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