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Posted by svans223 on 02/01/2007
First of all, the menu DOES indicate that only bottles are half off, secondly, you're in the lower east side, which has become a disgusting mecca of murray hill yuppies and other people who now think the LES is cool, years past its prime. I used to live around the corner from here, and i've always found it delicious, never one dish was bad. The complimentary bread etc makes you feel appreciated, and I've always found the service not anymore rushed than other restaurants in the LES. Compared to the new "trendy" restaurants that are charging double what this place does, I'd say this is a great place for the value. Anyone who doesn't appreciate it is probably better off coming down from Murray Hill to Ludlow Street, where the rest of the posers hang.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/24/2007
A friend and I decided to go to Clinton St. Baking Co. for dinner last night and we were disappointed. The potato pancake appetizer special was cold upon arrival and as appetizing as eating cardboard. The salmon special had to go back to the kitchen because it was raw inside, and upon return, was still inedible. But the staff wouldn't have known this because nobody came to check on us, not once during the entire meal. It took five minutes to get the attention of someone who wasn't our server (our server wouldn't even look in our direction once we ordered). The crab cake entree (not lump as menu stated) was more like crab hushpuppies, deep-fried balls of dry crabmeat. The wine list states that Tuesday nights are half-price wine nights, but what it doesn't say is that the discount is on bottles only. The server failed to mention this as we ordered three glasses of wine over the course of the meal. Also, you'd think that they might put the heat on especially when everyone in the restaurant is clearly cold and wearing scarves at the tables. I will not return (even though I live conveniently around the corner) for brunch or dinner, given the lack of food quality, service and care.
Posted by e.v.s. on 01/17/2007
yes, the food is delicious and somewhat inventive. great breakfast, super delicious burger, obviously good biscuits. but yes, the whole complicated "not serving" hours, the closing in between lunch and dinner, the erratic deilvery and particularly the increase in price for the same items from day to evening: very annoying. the waitstaff is mostly nice, but not the most crackerjack, especially in such a small space.
Posted by clinton st. baking co. on 10/29/2006
Food is great. The holier than though attitude definitely needs to go. Not worth the wait to be made to feel as if your lucky to get a seat after waiting for 2 hours.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/09/2006
I've been to Clinton a whole bunch of times, and I ADORE their food. Every time I have a visitor come from out of town, they ask to go back to Clinton for their amazing biscuits and pancakes, homemade milkshakes, and delicious cakes and muffins. The pancakes may be the best I've ever had. Not to mention great sandwiches. And the people who work there are all pretty nice. The food comes out super quick. And the brunch is one of the best in NYC...try the potato pancakes, or any one of their creative egg dishes. The atmosphere is certainly lacking, though..it's like a tiny, super condensed diner setting. You basically eat food with the tables next to you, and share in their conversation. But this is akin to many other LES places. And even worse is that they have so many rules for their times of serving certain foods, certain menus, times of day they won't deliver, times of day you can't get pick-up. I have called ahead of time in order to pick up food, and placed my order with them. And then I showed up...only to be told that they never placed my order because they were no longer serving. But the prices are good. If you have an hour to kill on the weekend, then head for their brunch. You won't be disappointed by the food...Or better yet, stop by during the week when it's less crowded. However, I will never do pick-up again. And my friend used to get delivery from them all the time, because he lives only a few blocks away...he stopped getting delivery because they are so unpredictable...they would tell him that he could get delivery one day, but then not the next day.
Posted by LES Fan on 02/14/2006
Everyone knows Clinton St. Baking Co for their brunch, especially the pancakes. And they are darn good pancakes, as is every other item I've tried there (mediocre coffee, however). But that wait... The wait on weekends is seemingly endless, the entryway is packed, and the hostess is often less than friendly. Once you're seated, the service is friendly if a little rushed. The restaurant itself is very plain looking, way too small and both too cold (in front) and too warm (toward the rear). Oh well. Nonetheless, a decent place if you're not in a hurry on a weekend morning or you go for the more limited breakfast menu on a weekday.
Posted by crispy arse on 02/01/2006
Time Out Pay Per View recently said they have the best burger in town and I have to agree, It;'s juicy, delicious, and the swiss and grilled onions make it perfect. Love the buttery bun too. And I have to say that the fries were also delicious. It was just such a fulfilling experience.