4 Clinton St, New York, NY | Directions 1000240.721097 -73.983937
Mon-Fri 8am-4pm, 6pm-11pm
Sat 10am-4pm, 6pm-11pm
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Lower East Side
Every few months I get an unhealthy craving for pancakes and after coming here, I refuse to have them anywhere else. Yes, they have other food... and it's all fantastic, but their pancakes are out of this world. They are almost cartoonishly glorious!
Let's get the obvious out of the way first: the wait for the brunch at this wildly popular Lower East Side bakery is insane. The place is the Magnolia of pancakes. But go some other time, when it's not crazy, and you'll be rewarded by some of the most spectacular flapjacks, waffles, and muffins you're likely to encounter north of the mason dixon line.
Highly Overated...Go to IHOP instead – Finally got to Clinton St. after months of being too tired to wait on the line that I had been made aware of by all of the other reviews. Anyway, so as expected my friend and I waited for an hour and a half before we were seated (We went on Saturday morning by the way). Anyway, ordered the buttermilk biscuit sandwich with eggs,bacon and hash browns as well as the banana walnut pancakes..my friend had the same,but the blueberry pancakes. Not that anything was bad ( except for the biscuit which was pretty dry), but nothing was spectacular as I expected it to be. Pancakes were good, not great and I had a hard time eating them because the syrup looked like Buckley's cough syrup.
My recommendation? Skip the wait and catch IHOP on a good day.
super place – convenient and delicious and fun and convenient and delicious convenient and delicious and fun and convenient and delicious
Best Fried Chicken – Yes, their brunches are amazing and the wait is epic but I like to go there for dinner. The fried chicken is juicy, never dry! The fried green tomatoes are cooked in a delicate cornmeal and are a wonderful complement. Steer away from the crab cakes, small and didn't taste fresh.
The baked items are always good so save room for dessert, all are amazing. Usually a biscuit with a side of jam is all I need to end a perfect meal there.
Would not recommend – I discovered this place because of city guide. However after having brunch there this past Sunday I would say that this place is definitely overrated. We ordered a Spanish omelet and a Vanilla waffle that was topped with pecans and pears. We would recommend the Waffle but not the Spanish omelet. Most around us were ordering the Pancakes. Quite honestly, for the reviews and ratings on this site, I was expecting good food, but we both felt that we could have had this anywhere else for the same cost. Most menu items average between $12 - $18.
most amazing brunch – Totally worth the wait! I went here and was told there was going to be an hour and a half wait but i ended up waiting only about 45 minutes. People complain about the wait, but if you are with people you enjoy then it really shouldnt be a problem. I had never been there before but had heard great things about their eggs and in particular their bisucits! Im from texas and always enjoy a DELCIOUS biscuit and frankly, the biscuits here were better than the ones in Texas. Also, their choc. chip scone and choc banana muffin were delicous. I went on a sat. morning around 11 and only waiting 45 minutes wasnt bad. I chatted with my boyfriend, went in and got the muffin adn scone and just relaxed. It WASNT THAT BAD PEOPLE!!!!!!! I highly recommend this place. THe eggs were also amazingly declious. Cooked perfectly and just the correct amount of things inside. people need to stop complaining, enjoy their company, and try Clinton St. Baking Co. IT IS THE BEST!!!!!
Fantastic! I can't believe the bad reviews – I went to CSBC this past Sat. morn alone -- arrived at 9:20 and was third in line. I didn't realize they don't seat until 10am. I watched the line form and a hostess came out to take everyone on the line's name. When they call you in for your table at 10, all the water and silverware are at your seat. I found the service excellent and very friendly, as was the hostess. No one tried to rush my party of one, either, which can happen. In fact, I asked the hostess and a bus boy questions and was answered very politely and warmly. All of my food came out piping hot with my AMAZING blueberry/maple/butter pancakes emitting steam that could burn your tongue if not careful. Pancakes were so fluffy -- if you like IHOP, then go there! The cheesy grits were warm and gooey with all the comfort of home. The bacon is done properly and nice and thick. I truly can't wait to go back. The couple next to me said the fried green tomatoes were fantastic -- they looked that way too -- good and crunchy outer coating. I love you CSBC!
AVOID! – Not so sure what the rave about this place is compared with any other diner on the street. I ordered the special, Truffle Fried Egg, what a disappointment! Oily! Not seasoned! And something I could have made better at home! We also had the pancakes, which were ho-hum...The biscuits were so dry I had to drink a few glasses of water just to get down the bites...Pancakes were like anything you could order from International House Of Pancakes!
Check out better places in the city where you can get a much better brunch menu and better space to eat, without the 1.5 hour wait.
For good biscuits and gravy go to the Comfort Diner.
For good bread and service go to the Blue Water Grille.
For great cheese and fondue brunch go to Artisinal.
For awesome food and brunch in general go to Balthazar.
The Noho Star is a great place in the area which serves better food and less of a wait.
Penelope's for their Penny Sandwhich!
Any meatpacking restaurant like Pastis or Vento.
Serafina or Waldorf (Peacock Alley) for eggs Benedict.
You see with all these choices there is no need to go here! Be warned!
Not worth the hype - Hour and half wait for cold eggs and a rude hostess..... – NOT WORTH WAITING AN HOUR AND A HALF FOR COLD EGGS.....This place must have gone down hill from when other recomended it. We got there at 10:30 and were finally seated at 12:00 after speaking to the rude red head hostess that sat three sets of people in front of our party of two. Once we were seated and ordered the food arrived it and it was cold I mean really cold. Not worth the hype! Don't waste a sunday morning here.
Perfect – This place is perfect. Go early to avoid line up.. It opens at 10 during wkend, we'd go at or before 930 to make sure we can be seated right at 10. I really dont want to tell anyone, but their dinner is even a better deal. Go early on a weekday to avoid lineups.
smallest place on earth – Read all the reviews here and was excited about having brunch last Sunday. Sadly, I hadn't read that it is one of the SMALLEST places becasue if I had, I wouldn't have waisted my time. Be aware that the establishment is TINY...and unless you've already eaten and aren't starving then this might be the place for you to go....otherwise pick one of the other thousands of restaurants in NYC.
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