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“How this place has good reviews, is beyond me.”

Clinton St. Baking Company & Restaurant
Ranked #133 of 13,763 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $1 - $22
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Takeout
Neighborhood: Lower East Side
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“How this place has good reviews, is beyond me.”
Reviewed January 8, 2013

How this place has good reviews, is beyond me. Clearly I have a more refined palate than the average TripAdvisor reviewer.

Against our better judgement, we ordered everything but the blueberry pancakes. that was problem #1. Then, the $8, milk shake with "Brooklyn ice cream" was beyond disappointing. Nothing about this milk shake stood out. On top of that, for $8 I would have expected a "regular" size milk shake. I hate to say this, but BK has better milk shakes and well...BK is fast food! Finally, this is definitely one of those establishments where the one food item they're famous for (the pancakes) is the ONLY legit thing on the menu and everything else is subpar. Will I come back here again? Perhaps, but only for the blueberry pancakes.

  • Visited February 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“You have to try the pancakes!”
Reviewed January 6, 2013

We visited Clinton Street bakery after many a recommendation and it certainly lived up to expectations! We went on a Monday morning and despite the rumours of huge queues, we walked straight in and were seated! Nonetheless, the outside queue with a wait of an hour soon grew as we munched on fluffy, light blueberry and chocolate pancakes. The maple butter is to die for and with bottomless coffee flowing, we had soon become very comfortable in our surroundings. There was a good mix of both tourists and locals and it soon became obvious that the pancakes are the talk of the town. A must visit!

  • Visited December 2012
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Singapore
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Not worth the wait”
Reviewed January 5, 2013

We came on a weekday and were told we had to wait 90 mins in the cold. We waited and waited and were finally seated. Food was not that fantastic (we found good enough to eat better!) and not worth a 90 min wait.

  • Visited December 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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128 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Simply the best ...”
Reviewed January 2, 2013

... pancakes, and worth a longish taxi ride from near Grand Central to this corner of the Lower East Side. Absolutely understated interior with booths, simple well-prepared food that speaks for itself -- especially, of course, the blueberry pancakes (speaking as a sometime Canadian, well travelled across North America in search of the perfect pancake). No queues for us -- later weekday lunchtime -- but the experience would be worth the wait.

  • Visited December 2012
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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“Worth the wait in the cold!”
Reviewed December 29, 2012

We waited for 30minutes in the cold, for a table, though it was a weekday morning.
But it was well worth the wait!

The legendary blueberry pancakes were delicious! It was soft and fluffy, and the without the usual heavy buttery feel associated with pancakes. My kids drenched the pancakes with maple syrup, and even so, it still remained light and palatable.

Some of us had the Eggs Benedict, and believe me, if you are a small eater, you should share it with someone else! The Hollandaise sauce is fresh, and poached eggs are done just nicely.

I opt for the pear granola porridge, which was light and easy on the stomach. And this gave me space to try out my breakfast partners' food!

The carrot cake was quite nice, though not as moist as what we would have liked it to be.

It was an overall good breakfast experience, and a nice New York start to the day!

  • Visited December 2012
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