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Posted by Kendra on 01/31/2008
This place managed to be everything a restaurant shouldn't be in one, sad brunch visit. Long wait - 1 1/2 hours - yes, that was my fault. I shouldn't have believed the repeated '15 minutes for a table' promise from the host as everyone on the sidewalk with me told me she was lying... Once seated was told we would only have 5 minutes to order as they were closing, nice way to be greeted. After ordering we suspiciously received our food in about a minute, actually before we even got our drinks. Yes, as you can imagine, the food was made ahead of time in preparation for the kitchen closing and then plated for the waitress as she waited and then brought right out. Bacon cold, pancakes cold and hard, cheese coagulated. I can see what this place wants to do, they just don't have the skill to pull it off. If someone with the resources was smart they would pounce on the opportunity to this kind of a place in the neighborhood and do it right.
Posted by l.e.s.regular on 01/07/2008
What a hype. The long lines suggests a good brunch with good service.. We were disappointed. The blueberry pancakes were under cooked. The bacon was cold. The french toast was over taken with sweet syrup. What was good was the hot coffee. Although it took a while to get the lovely bus boy to bring cream. The attitude was one similar to a tourist trap. I guess thats what it has become for there were young hip japanese couples who patiently waited for inferior service.
Posted by Whiskey Tango on 01/04/2008
New York is not the greatest breakfast town, but this place is tops. Pancakes, chorizo...heaven. The Southern Breakfast with cheese grits and fried green tomatoes is a home run. I've never been on weekends, but during the week there's not too much of a wait if your party is 3 or less. Service can be a little slow, so give yourself time to enjoy. Great coffee too. Note - cash only, but there's a bodega with an ATM next door.
Posted by Big Eater on 12/28/2007
Though there is at least a 45 minute wait for brunch on weekends, the idea is to get to Clinton Street Baking Co. early and stroll around the neighborhood until the time passes. Have people forgotten the excellent weekday $10 Beer & Burger Special? Clinton Street's thoughtful & savory dishes are well worth the money and time spent. Patrons need not wait during the week - tables always available and met by friendly staff.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/25/2007
This place has gotten a reputation for being great as displayed by the annoying throngs of people who stand outside every Sat. and Sun. morning blocking the sidewalk and not moving out of the way for people who want to walk down the street. The food isn't bad but the prices are ridiculous and the service is poor. If you choose to waste your money here please do not block the sidewalk while you wait for 45 min. Thanks.
Posted by Texas Jules on 10/07/2007
I came here w/ one of my friends for sunday brunch....the wait was over an hr long! When we finally got seated, it was a bit cramped on the stools. The place is kind of small. I got the farmer's fritatta....don't get! It's nothing special and mainly tasted like egg....I couldn't taste the herbs, truffle oil, and the mushrooms weren't well seasoned. However, my friend got the blueberry pancakes.....AMAZING maple syrup.....tastes like candy.....wonderful! The pancakes were fluffy and great!! If you come here, DEF get their pancakes...that's the BEST thing on their brunch menu!
Posted by rmf on 08/26/2007
I took my boyfriend here for his birthday, and it was just the two of us. He loves fried chicken, and I had heard that Clinton Street Baking Company has really good fried chicken, so we went. We ordered fried green tomatoes to start, which were fantastic. The tomatoes were cut thick, and you got a nice bit of crunch and hotness from the crust while the inside was still juicy. Highly recommend them. I ordered the shrimp and grits, which were good, but they weren't anything special. I could make better shrimp and grits, and was hoping for something that would make me rethink how I make them. And the fried chicken was really nothing that great. The skin, which is most certainly the best part of fried chicken, was too greasy and thin. With good fried chicken, there should be about a 2/3 skin to meat ratio (with the exception of the chicken breast, where a little less skin is ok as long as the meat is juicy). This was like a 1/5 ratio. and the skin that was there just wasn't that good. Who is eating here and singing the fried chicken's praises? We also ordered a slice of blueberry pie, which was amazing, though I have a hard time coming up with how someone could screw up blueberry pie. Go here if you like, certain items are great, but to get the good stuff you gotta head up north.