Since my roommate and I have been doing Dry January, we’ve been trying to come up creative things to do on the weekend that don’t involve hitting a bar or happy hour. It’s been a lot harder than it sounds since, in NYC, a lot of social activities revolve around eating and drinking. But, since we’ve ditched late nights out for the next few weeks, we decided to get up and at it early one Sunday morning to visit Clinton Street Baking Co.
The restaurant doesn’t open until 9am, but you can begin lining up to get a table starting at 8:30am. Based on crazy tales of 2+ hour waits to eat for brunch, we decided to hop on the subway bright and early to be in line first thing so we could avoid a long wait. Though it was very chilly, we made it by about 8:35am and had a little over a 20 minute wait.
We were seated right away and knew that we wanted to go for Clinton Street’s signature dish: the pancakes. Paired with some sides of sugar cured bacon (WUT) and hash browns + lots of coffee to compensate for the early wake up call, we were all set.
Instead of traditional maple syrup, all of the pancakes are instead served with warm maple butter which was wayyyy better. I opted for the banana walnut pancakes, which had walnuts interspersed among the fluffy pancake layers, and were as good as they look. My roommate went for the blueberry pancakes, which I didn’t taste but looked equally as good. Insider tip: lots of people around us went for the chicken and waffles, and it would be probably be my choice if I ever went back.
Service was quick, drinks were refilled often (thank you, coffee gods) and the food is delicious. It is cash only (which we found out the hard way, but if you’re up for an early wake up call, or don’t mind a few hour wait, head to Clinton Street Baking Co. this second and you’ll forever rethink how brunch is supposed to taste.