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IHOP offers free pancakes for National Pancake Day (VIDEO)

Head to IHOP on National Pancake Day for free pancakes---or try one of our other favorite flapjack spots.

  • Photograph: Courtesy of IHOP

    IHOP

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    AQ Kafe

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    AQ Kafe

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    Bubby's

  • Photograph: Lane Johnson

    Bubby's

  • Tom's Restaurant

  • Tom's Restaurant

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    Sarahbeth's

  • Photograph: Juan Carlos Hernandez

    Clinton St Baking Co

  • Photograph: Juan Carlos Hernandez

    Clinton St Baking Co

  • Photograph: Daniel Krieger

    Kefi

  • Photograph: Daniel Krieger

    Kefi

  • Photograph: Courtesy of Kitchenette

    Kitchenette

  • Photograph: Courtesy of Kitchenette

    Kitchenette

Photograph: Courtesy of IHOP

IHOP

Breakfast will be an all-day affair on Tuesday, February 28, when IHOP leads the country in celebration of National Pancake Day. Families can show up to any IHOP restaurant in the five boroughs from 7am to 10pm for a free short stack; in exchange, customers are asked (but not required) to make a donation to the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, a charity with four hospitals in the New York area. Click here to search for an IHOP near you. Or read our list below to check out one of our other favorite city pancake spots. Pancakes at these eateries won't come free, but boy are they worth the splurge.

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AQ Kaf
Laid-back AQ Kaf serves breakfast every morning, but on weekends the prix-fixe brunch is available until 4pm and scores you an orange juice or (much needed, perhaps) mimosa. Tykes will love the jam-topped Swedish pancakes ($8), which, along with house-made pastries like the lingonberry cheese Danish ($3.25), show off the caf's Nordic roots. 1800 Broadway between 58th and 59th Sts (212-462-0005, aqkafe.com)

Watch video of those delicious pancakes being made at IHOP, here:

Big Daddy's Diner
As advertised, everything here is enormous—from the larger-than-life neon sign above the door to the heaping portions of amped-up diner fare, like the Hunka Hunka Burnin' Love Pancakes studded with banana and chocolate chips ($11), or the cookie dough pancakes ($11). Loud music and riotous decor make the place ultra kid-friendly. Go to bigdaddysnyc.com for city locations.

Bubby's
Few places around the city can compete with Bubby's fluffy sour-cream ($13) or sauted-banana--walnut ($14) pancakes. Make sure to arrive early on the weekends—waiting for a table is a given. 120 Hudson St at North Moore St (212-219-0666, bubbys.com). 1 Main St at Water St, Dumbo, Brooklyn (718-222-0666).

Clinton Street Baking Company
The homey LES spot has been celebrating the holiday all month by experimenting with new creations—think fresh coconut pancakes with kumquat syrup and bruled bananas. The pioneering comes to an end this week with one grand finale: fluffy, plate-size chocolate-chunk pancakes served with fresh raspberries and raspberry-caramel sauce ($13). 4 Clinton St between E Houston and Stanton Sts (646-602-6263, clintonstreetbaking.com)

Kefi
Bring the whole crew to the modern Greek taverna helmed by Michael Psilakis; fluffy lemon pancakes made with pistachio and candied orange are a kid magnet. Finish off the sweet breakfast with dessert—try a helping of the traditional Greek semolina-based custard pie galaktobouriko. 505 Columbus Ave between 84th and 85th Sts (212-873-0200, kefirestaurant.com)

Kitchenette Uptown

Like its Tribeca sister, Kitchenette Uptown emphasizes the buttery, sugary side of country fare. Quenched with a glass of strawberry lemonade ($4.25), kids can try polishing off a stack of gingerbread pancakes served with pumpkin butter ($13). If you can still stand up, try a slice of the chocolate-peanut-butter pie from the bakery in front. 1272 Amsterdam Ave between 122nd and 123rd Sts (212-531-7600, kitchenetterestaurant.com)

Route 66 Cafe
Like the famed highway that inspired its name and decor, this Hell's Kitchen diner is all-American, with a menu to match. You'll be amazed by the extra-generous portions—the three-stack buttermilk pancakes ($7) can easily be shared. 858 Ninth Ave between 55th and 56th Sts (212-977-7600)

Sarabeth's

Charming Sarabeth's serves a home-style breakfast, with little-house-in-the-woods menu items like Baby Bear (porridge with milk and honey, $7.50) and Goldie Lox (scrambled eggs, smoked salmon and cream cheese, $15.75). But one of the most popular dishes here, and one kids will love as well, are the sweet-tart lemon-and-ricotta pancakes, served with with fresh berries ($15.75). Go to sarabeth.com for city locations.

Shopsin's
The legendary eatery has relocated from the West Village to the LES, but still churns out kitchen-sink dishes for a 12-year-old's palate, such as pumpkin-pistachio--peanut-butter--cinnamon pancakes ($16). Diners marvel at the wacky fare on the 200-item menu and then bide their time; many sit on the floor while waiting for one of 20 seats. Essex Street Market, 120 Essex St between Delancey and Rivington Sts (shopsins.com)

Tom's Restaurant
Not much changes at the perfect pre--Brooklyn Museum eatery, Tom's: Lemon-ricotta pancakes slathered in a medley of butters are still heavenly, cherry-lime rickeys maintain an old-soda-shoppe allure, and on weekend mornings, a line of hungry diners of all ages—munching on cookies and orange slices proffered by friendly staff—stretches around the block. 782 Washington Ave at Sterling Pl, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn (718-636-9738)

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