It’s Brunch Time in NYC: Clinton Street Baking Co.
“A table for two” the woman in front of me said to the host. “That will be a two hour wait” he responded. “No problem”. And she waited for two hours to get into Clinton Street Baking Co. Some things are just worth the wait.
From the outside, it doesn’t look like anything special. It’s a small restaurant. A maximum capacity of only 32. The décor is nothing to write home about; simple booths, barstools, a couple old pictures on the wall. But they don’t need to impress with décor, their food speak for itself. I ordered the Wild Maine blueberry pancakes, a popular choice at Clinton Street, which came with a nifty little cup of melted butter to dip the pancakes in, and could not have been more pleased. All food is made fresh and with completely organic ingredients, including cage free eggs.
For a perfect companion to the blueberry pancakes, order the sugar coated bacon. If you’re having trouble wrapping your mind around what might taste like, just imagine bacon… coated with sugar. Pretty simple. The portions to all dishes are large. So for people who don’t like brunch because they can never fill themselves up, Clinton Street Baking Co. is the place for you.
If you don’t want to wait in line for two hours on a weekend brunch to get the blueberry pancakes, you can also get brunch any other day of the week at any time of the day and avoid the lines.
I suppose that one of the greatest parts of Clinton Street Bakery is the staff. Everyone is constantly smiling and in a wonderful mood, even though they are being bombarded with hundreds of patrons waiting for a table. When I asked the man working at the front how he does what he does, amidst all the business of the restaurant, with a smile on his face the entire time, he said “it’s just because I love serving the people here and making every experience at Clinton Street a positive one”.
These are just some of the reasons to wait two hours in line to get some pancakes.