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Posted by Happy Diners on 06/02/2010
The mile-long queue is a big deterrent to enjoying a leisurely/stress-free weekend breakfast here as they do not take reservations and there's absolutely no place to rest except to stand in line, so getting into the cafe itself is a pain, but things look up as soon as you get past the door :) Superb blueberry pancakes with the most delicious warm maple butter, Neil's biscuits and great breakfast can be had here - as long as you're willing to wait!
Posted by disappointed new yorker on 03/14/2010
CSBC's quality has increasingly become diluted thanks to the overwhelming popularity this place has received. not only has the food gone from amazing to mediocre-sub par, but the service has gone right down the toilet. i loathe the fact that what used to be an excellent eating establishment experienced a drop in the food's caliber. and to compensate for the drop in standards? rude servers. i just called to inquire for delivery and whomever picked up the phone hung up on me not once, but 3 times. when they actually picked up the 4th time, i asked, are you still open and the woman who picked up the phone flatly stated they were closed. don't even bother picking up the phone and then hanging up if you're closed. what kind of an establishment has CSBC turned into these days? it used to be a homey place to eat - mom and pop type place run by a cute couple.
Posted by Ultragrrrl on 09/23/2009
yes, back in 2002, we never had to wait for a table at clinton street. 6 of us could show up and we'd be seated immediately and we would immediately struggle over what to order. on more than one occasion my friends and i would be totally gluttonous and order 2 entrees each and finish every last bite. on snow days we'd have the entire place to ourselves! while those days are gone and the restaurant has been lucky enough to be PACKED on even weekday mornings, i will say that they deserve it. the food is so great and makes me so happy when i eat it. i get this overwhelming sense of security and zen from their pancakes. i crave their huevos rancheros weekly. my parents still bug me constantly to take them to get the buttermilk biscuit sandwich. i would recommend getting food to go and sitting in a park eating or at home if you dont want to wait in line. it will still taste amazing.
Posted by truetonyc on 08/21/2009
I went to this place back went it first opened and it was phenomenal. Pancakes were $10, which at the time was unheard of (now it's the norm), and the service was as fantastic as the food was. I used to go there all of the time. Once it got mobbed on Saturdays, I found that it you showed up at 2:15, you could catch a table with minimal wait. Then they stopped accepting reservations around 2pm. Then I would call ahead for takeout - rush down, pick up my food, and rush home - since I lived close enough that the food was still hot and tasted exactly the same at home. Now the place is a cliche of itself. The service is terrible. The attitude of the staff there is miserable as they clearly have disdain for themselves and the customers. On top of that, customers sit and finish their food and chat and do crossword puzzles with no awareness of the countless people waiting. The place is now also filled with tourists who saw the place on tv or wherever. They order the pancakes and take a picture. I mean, are you there for a photo op so you can tell your friends you ate there or because you like the food? Such is Manhattan these days. Anyway, the food is still fantastic and it tastes just as good every time. However, as are the rules for having the privilege of eating anywhere good these dasy, the waitress will take your order and serve your food, but she'll never check back in on you until you ask for the bill. You only get one napkin and one glass of water (no refills), and if you want an extra delicious portion of their maple syrup for their pancakes (and they don't give you enough for your order to begin with), that'll be an additional $2 on top of your now $13 pancakes. You're welcome and don't forget to say "thank you."
Posted by John Q Public on 08/14/2009
I've been going to and ordering from Clinton for a few yrs now. Initially I was impressed with the simplicity of the food and decor. I did notice above average amount of flies circulating the restaurant, but wrote it off as a LES "Mamas" type of place. In the last year the service has really taken a downturn, and the management either doesn't know or doesn't care. Last time i ordered the delivery guy couldn't find my address, today he delivered to the wrong address making me wait an extra 30 min. I do like the pancakes and the biscuit egg sandwich, but this is the last time I call them.
Posted by foodlover on 04/30/2009
i love this place! sure, the wait is long, but thats because the food is worth it. i always go before i get hunger pains, but by the time they call my name, im ready to eat! i love the pancakes and french toast. and the biscuits are amazing! this area is super cute so even if the wait is 2 hours, just put your name down and go for a walk! lots of cute boutiques in the neighborhood.
Posted by Maine lady on 04/21/2009
My daughter read good things about this restaurant so we decided to go there even before we knew it was half price wine night. The first two things we asked about on the menu were no longer available; the wine we were served was not what was listed on the menu; we did not receive any biscuits with our meal; the waitress never asked us how our meal was. We noticed the pancakes being served at the next table were advertised as made with "real Maine Wild blueberries." Being from Maine, we know that the wild blueberries are tiny, not big like the domestic ones.