Clinton St. Baking Company (New York, NY)

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Some people enjoy waffles over pancakes, some enjoy pancakes over waffles, but those who love French Toast are a special kind of people.  If I had my choice it would be French Toast, Waffles, than Pancakes, but after my visit to Clinton St. Baking Company, I’d like to revisit my list.


Clinton St. Baking Company, is a restaurant that has been regarded as the best pancake place in New York.  It’s located off of Clinton Street (go figure) and is absolutely one of those places that you need to get to atleast 30 minutes before opening.  This establishment doesn’t take reservations and looks as though it can sit up to 60 or so people at once.  That number may seem like a lot until you’re actually waiting an hour to sit because you got to the restaurant when it opened.


During my visit two dishes were ordered.  Seafood Omlette and Blueberry Pancakes.  The Seafood Omlette consisted of Trout Roe, Asparagus, Cream Cheese, Crab Meat, and Hollandaise Sauce.  I don’t usually order Omlette’s when I go to restaurants, but if this isn’t one of the best Omlette’s I’ve tasted than I don’t know what is.  It was light, fluffy, and flavorful.  The Cream Cheese went well with the Crab Meat to give it a much smoother texture, and the Hollandaise Sauce that sat on top of the Trout Roe put the entire dish over the top.  The Asparagus helped give the dish the earthy flavor to go along with the overall sweetness, so this was definitely a well-balanced tasting omlette.  Chicken Apple Sausage was ordered to give the overall dish a hint of spiciness to it as well.  The meat was cooked perfectly, and made it think about ordering it more often.


The next dish that was ordered were the Blueberry Pancakes.  It consisted of Fresh blackberries, blackberry crumble, blackberry syrup, warm maple butter, and whipped blackberry cream.  These Pancakes are life changing.  They are buttery, fluffy, and slightly burnt.  I enjoy having my pancakes slightly burnt because it shows they were made with love.  You don’t want your pancakes to be too fluffy or too perfect because it doesn’t give it that “home” feel.  I mean, did your grandmother ever make the most perfect pancakes?  I’m sure there were times where the ends were slightly burnt, which is perfectly fine.  The Blueberry was fresh and sweet and the Syrup was sugary and had a perfect thick maple flavor to it.  These Pancakes were some of the best I’ve ever had.


Overall, this restaurant is a definite.  It’s worth standing in line, and it’s worth ordering other things off the menu.  I have no doubt in mind that this place gives its best effort with each of its dishes.


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