Clinton St. Baking Company is the mother of all brunch places in New York City. This small restaurant is located on 4 Clinton Street, off Houston, in the Lower East Side. Depending on the time of day you, the wait can vary from thirty minutes to two hours. The weekend breakfast crowd is the most intense. On a Sunday, while everyone else is sleeping, some people will send someone early to wait on the line at 8:00 am, before they open. Then they put their name down on the list so they can be first in at 9 am. This is speaking from experience. Their breakfast items are served all day, so one doesn’t have to be worried about time constraints for the brunch menu. Come midweek, and at a later hour, and the wait can be shorter.
Some people say that no stack of pancakes is worth that kind of wait, but these people are obviously not true brunchers. I ordered the the mouth watering Maine blueberry pancakes with warm maple butter. The pancakes are very fluffy and are a perfect golden brown. The warm maple butter dipping sauce is delectable; you could literally eat it with a spoon. The pancakes aren’t too sweet, so the maple butter adds the right amount of sweetness without overpowering the blueberries. In addition to the Maine blueberry, they also offer banana walnut caramel and chocolate chunk. In February, Clinton Street has a pancake month where they serve unique flavors such as crunchy bananas with cinnamon chili chocolate and Japanese pumpkin pancakes.
At the end of the day, you can’t go wrong with what you order. When I was there last, my mom got the crispy fish tacos with jalapeno cream, and we shared a kale salad and the house-made rosemary sausage patties. If you’re not leaving Clinton St. Baking Company in a food coma, you’re doing something wrong.