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Tribute to Pancake Month with Clinton St. Bakery

I am an avid pancake eater. I love how there are so many things that can be incorporated into pancake batter along with a variety of syrups that come with it. This special month allows me to indulge in buttery, fluffy pancakes and not have a problem with doing so. As a dedication to celebrating pancake month (February), I want to share with you one of the best places to get pancakes in the city – Clinton St. Bakery. I hate to give into hype, but this place is actually really good. Clearly I am not the only one who thinks so; every single time I try to go there, it is packed. People are standing outside in 30-degree weather waiting for their turn to get into this restaurant. Getting a seat is virtually impossible, even at 2PM. In fact, you run the risk of not being able to eat there. They have so many reservations to the point where it would bring them until 4pm, closing time. Long story short, make sure to allot some time if you plan on eating there because you will wait. Guaranteed.

Clinton Street Bakery celebrated pancake month with a special pancake every few days. My friend, as crazy of a pancake-eater as I am, urged me to go with her and of course I conceded. We ended up going twice because the pancakes were that memorable.

The first time we had poached pears with vanilla bean whipped cream and warm maple butter. Yes, it is as tasty as the description recalls it to be. Pears were included into the pancake itself and gave it a crisp texture; when I bit into my pancakes it gave it a soft crunch. Having poached pears on top enhanced the vanilla flavor to all the pancakes, giving them a sweet and fragrant flavor. The warm maple butter is to die for; when you dipped your pancake into the butter, it gave the pancakes a nice touch of maple and light fatty goodness. I don’t know if they put crack into it also but it was very addicting.

The second time around my friend ordered crunchy bananas with cinnamon-chili-chocolate sauce (I opted to get something savory). I had a few bites of her pancakes and I wanted to get an order to take home. Yes, it was THAT good. Not only did the crunchy bananas provided a different texture to soft pancakes, but also the chocolate sauce wasn’t too sweet so it didn’t overshadow the butter flavor in the pancakes. We couldn’t taste the chili part of the chocolate sauce as much, but the cinnamon kicked in later on in your mouth. All in all, big two thumbs up.

Make sure to mark it down in your calendar for next year to eat pancakes in February. Clinton St. Bakery is sure to be celebrating this culinary holiday, and hopefully you will taste awesome buttery flat pancakes there, and hijack some of that maple butter for me.

American Traditional/ Breakfast/ brunch/ Mexican/ nyc

Brunch Edition: Dos Caminos & 202

I love brunch. The idea that you can get something sweet like pancakes or savory like eggs all in one meal. Marvelous. Plus there are usually delicious (and probably strong) drinks involved. I don’t really indulge in that, but the fact that it’s there is a wonderful concept.

Dos Caminos (Soho)
475 West Broadway

I’ve been here a good amount of times for brunch, which I recommend is the only meal worth going for. They have a pretty nice deal since all their brunch selections come with a beverage. They have outdoors seating and a fresh guacamole & chips bar. Their menu is a Mexican take on American brunch, which gives it a special “umph” to whatever they’re serving.

I went with a bunch of friends so everyone got to have different items on the menu:

This is their Pan Torrejas aka. Mexican style brioche French toast with mixed berry salsita, and piloncillo syrup. This is REAL good and be prepared to eat something really sweet. Because they use brioche, it really soaks up their batter and the syrup. Nearly the whole table got this dish. REAL intense. If you’re into french toast, this is definitely one to try.

This dish is Chilaquiles is a baked tortilla casserole with sunny side-up eggs, chihuahua cheese, and tres chiles salsa. I didn’t get to taste this dish myself, but it certainly looked real good.

For those who want a healthy brunch, you can choose to get a salad. Their salads are quite large, so it will definitely be enough to fill you even though there are no eggs or toast. I got their Chicken Cobb Salad. It has grilled chicken breast, tomato, avocado, chorizo, grilled corn, onion and queso fresco, with a cilantro-basil vinaigrette. Ginormous? Yes. Intense? Hecks yeah. Good? Oh, it was delicious.

Overall it was a great dining experience being with my good friends and enjoying the scrumptious food. We wharfed our dishes down. Thumbs up for brunch!

75 9th Avenue
Chelsea Market Outlet

The first time I came here was with my roommate and another friend. They went ahead to wait for a table on a Saturday morning, which is quite a busy time for them, and got there just in time to order.

I got the breakfast item – Maple syrup baked granola with seasonal fruit and Greek yogurt. It was pretty good, and it made me feel full and healthy at the same time. Yum.

My friend got their buttermilk pancakes with fruit compote and creme fraiche. From the looks of it, and the manner in which it was consumed, it seemed quite yummy. From the thickness of the pancake, it doesn’t look as fluffy as ones I’ve had before but I’m sure it was still pretty good.

I would say 202 is worth checking out, simply because you’ll be dining in the same room as clothes are being sold – Nicole Farhi. Trust me, the food is probably the only thing you can afford unless you plan on spending over $100 on a piece of clothing. Not to mention, you can walk around the Chelsea Market which has a bunch of other cute food shops. However, brunch-wise I would say 202 is a bit hyped and overpriced for what you’re getting. Maybe these designers need to make more money on food in addition to the clothing they’re already selling…

All in all, both places are pretty good though if I had to choose, Dos Caminos would win. Both are located in nice areas to walk off the calories that you’ve consumed at these restaurants. hahaha. More brunch entries to come!