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Posted by Ed on 03/11/2009
Arrived early Sunday morning hoping to get in ahead of the crowd (10:30) but was told that already there was a 90 minute wait for a table for four. Once we finally got a table, we found that the food was fine but nothing special. Any semi-literate cook can make eggs and pancakes like these at home. But what really disappointed me was the way our server tried to get us to pay and leave as quickly as possible. We had waited patiently to get in, so was it really asking so much that we be left alone for a little while to enjoy our food and talk with our friends? In short, this is another one of those special NY places that is hyped for no real reason. Tons of people will enjoy it just because they've heard it's popular, etc. But if you're looking to have a nice relaxed meal in a comfortable setting then this probably isn't the best option.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/31/2009
I don't know what happened to this place. My server was half asleep and I had to wait forever for everything then I look over and he is sitting at a table eating eggs. lol
Posted by Sweetshe on 11/11/2008
Went to CSBC on a Monday at 10 AM and had a 20 minute wait. I had the Smoked salmon scramble and loved it. The portion was huge and there was a ton of salmon in it along with cream cheese mixed in - very tasty and delish. It came with a spring mix salad which I loved as well. We also had the blueberry pancakes and southern breakfast - each was great. Wasn't a fan of the syrup but the pancakes didn't need it - they were great by themselves. Can't wait to go back.
Posted by e.v.s. on 11/01/2008
i live right by here, so i started going before the waits really got super-out-of-hand. now, i can NEVER get in. it's like yogi berra said, "its so crowded no one goes there anymore." however, i do occasionally get delivery. as some have mentioned, their delivery schedule is a little complicated, and of course food sitting in a to-go container for a while is never as good as when its made and served to you right there. Yes, the food here is good. But you can't get at it. I'm waiting for them to buy out the place next door and make the room bigger. Please!
Posted by Anonymous on 10/14/2008
Not as good anymore. The food used to be really good but something must have happened...
Posted by Anonymous on 09/15/2008
Before you go here, think about what you're looking to try. Clinton Street Bakery is known for their pancakes. Their pancakes are pretty good. But if you're only going for the pancakes, remember that they serve them all day, meaning you can get them at night too, when they accept reservations and the wait is shorter. If you want to do the entire brunch experience, then be prepared to experience something like mine. We arrived around 1 for a table for two and there was an expected crowd already there. The hostess took our name and said we should expect a 1.5 hour wait. To her credit, it really did take 1.5 hours to get a table. What I and alot of others didn't get was how they seated people. There were several people who arrived, put their name on the list, waited for maybe 10 minutes and were called which didn't make sense. There were also tables for four that were completely open when several groups of 2 were waiting. I'm sure they many of those couples would have gladly shared a table without any fuss. So, who knows, if you come with a group of 4 you might get really lucky. Other than the pancakes, there wasn't too much to rave about. The pancakes were great because they actually put the fruit in the batter and between the pancakes. The biscuits were very memorable. I would advise against the hash browns. I prefer the type that comes like McDonald's with a nice crunchy taste. The ones at Clinton Street came more like home fries than anything. For a small number of tables, the waitress was pretty inattentive, somehow staring out the window all the time. So all in all, it was an ok experience but I had to downgrade it because of the hype and the lack of at least somewhat above average food and service. If you want pancakes, just remember they serve it all day long. Ask yourself if you really want to spend your whole sunday waiting on line. I say no because it really messes up my eating schedule for the rest of the day.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/25/2008
I visited this place a couple of times this month. The first time with my parents and the second time with 3 friends. I sampled the food trying to catch that special flavor that could justify the hype ... but we all agreed that the food is ok. he same you can get almost everywhere that serve similar menues... Nothing was outstanding...The service was rushed and unfriendly.