July 4, 2014

New York - Clinton Street Baking Company

Good morning New York! What an incredible view to wake up to every morning. It was our second day in the city and we were still jet-lagged because of the 12-hour time difference between Hong Kong and New York. We woke up around 7 am and couldn't go back to sleep, so we went for a jog in Central Park. By the time we were done, it was pretty much dinner time back home, so a big breakfast was in order (the only thing I like about jet lag!). My guru-for-all-things-food Laubaby blogged about Clinton Street Baking Co. before and it was exactly what we wanted - eggs, grease and pancakes. 

We arrived 30 minutes before opening time, and there were already at least twenty people in line. Five minutes before they opened for service, a woman came out to take down our names and the number of people in each party. After that, we were promptly seated. Apparently we were the last ones to get seated and the rest had to wait another hour! Sooo glad we came early!

Wild Maine Blueberry Pancakes with Warm Maple Butter sauce: These pancakes were by far the best pancakes I've ever had. You can also pick banana walnut or chocolate chunk, but blueberry is the one that everyone orders. The pancakes were slightly crispy on the outside and super fluffy on the inside. The blueberry topping wasn't too sweet, which I liked. And that maple butter! Oh em gee it was so delicious. I love the combination of sweet and salty, and this really hit the spot. The sauce is really rich though, so I recommend dipping instead of pouring the sauce over the pancakes.

So fluffy and moist!

I ordered the Southern Breakfast: Two eggs, sugar-cured bacon, cheese grits and fried green tomatoes. The crispy bacon was my favorite. Sweet and salty! The green tomatoes were delicious too. They were coated in seasoned breadcrumbs and deep fried. The grits were okay, but overpowered the bacon and tomatoes. It kind of tasted like cheesy polenta, which I felt didn't go well with the other items.

He ordered the Country Breakfast: 3 eggs, hash, buttermilk biscuit and Heritage maple cured ham. This was pretty standard diner fare. The ham looked dry but it was surprisingly juicy and sweet with a hint of smokiness. I didn't try the biscuit but the boyfriend said it was buttery and flaky.

Verdict: Come for the pancakes! And come early. 

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