Name a time when an all-day breakfast spot isn’t absolutely perfect. Early morning hunger pangs? Yes. Late night munchies? For sure. Lazy Sunday hangover remedy? You better believe it. New Yorkers crave a comforting breakfast meal any time of day and Clinton Street Baking Company is probably the ideal spot to satisfy that craving.
This no-fuss cafe gives nostalgic diner vibes with bottomless cups of coffee and all the Sweet-n-Low packets you can stuff in your pockets. While you might be able to sneak in on a weekday without a wait, be prepared for at least an hour during peak weekend brunch times as you join the droves of hungry city-dwellers who’ve lined up on Clinton Street.
Once you’ve settled into your booth, the real question becomes: Should I order sweet or savory? The correct answer is both. If you’re sweet tooth is pulling you towards the realm of the syrup-drenched breakfast, look no further than their stacks of pancakes, especially when topped with a heaping scoop of stewed wild Maine blueberries. On the savory side, a heaping biscuit sandwich is packed with scrambled eggs, melted cheddar and homemade tomato jam alongside the always-welcomed side of hash browns.
Either path you take, do yourself a favor and don’t miss out on the low key superstar of their menu: the sugar-cured bacon. This porky, candy-like side hits all the sweet-salty-savory notes you could ever crave. Just about anything you order here is a true breakfast of champions, whether it’s morning or night.
|Venue name:||Clinton St. Baking Company|
4 Clinton St
|Cross street:||between E Houston and Stanton Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Fri 8am–4pm, 6–11pm; Sat 9am–4pm, 6–11pm; Sun 9am–6pm|
|Transport:||Subway: F to Delancey St; J, Z, M to Delancey–Essex Sts|
|Price:||Average main course: $16. Cash only at breakfast, brunch and lunch|
|Do you own this business?|
Average User Rating
4.8 / 5
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- 4 star:1
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Clinton St. is worth the hype. You will inevitably wait (every New Yorker does), but you will definitely not leave dissatisfied. Try the blueberry pancakes, the BEC on a biscuit, or the fried chicken sandwich and let your blissful food coma ensue.
On my first solo trip to New York, way too many years ago, I made a point of doing the line-up thing for Clinton St. I was a little skeptical (how good can something be), but it surpassed expectations. Everyone raves about the pancakes, and they're good, but my life motto applies here: give biscuits a chance.
You used to have to wait FOREVER to get seated (for good reason), but they've expanded, so you can get all that pancakey, mimosa goodness right away. Go before work on a weekday for a particularly chill experience.