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clinton street baking company: the best pancakes ever, seriously

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

i am an avid yelper. “yelper” in the sense that i like to read the yelps, but not necessarily write them myself. but after one recent experience, i decided that i had to write one. just had to.

a few weekends go, i had brunch with a friend at the clinton street baking company in the lower east side. before going to brunch, i was a bit skeptical. so, as a true foodie should always do, i did a bit of research on what i might expect during my experience at this new breakfast slash brunch joint. many of the yelp reviews were just raving about how fantastic their pancakes were. “how good could pancakes be?” i thought…

my ratings prior to my experience

*interior: 3 out of 5 stars
- looked decent enough inside, but nothing special. looked like a pretty simple diner…

*food: 3 out of 5 stars
- the food looked pretty… average – your standard pancakes, eggs benedict, eggs, etc.

*menu selection:  4 out of 5 stars
- menu looked intriguing… there were a few interesting-sounding dishes like the huevos rancheros, buttermilk biscuit sandwich, LES pickles, and sugar cured bacon


my ratings after my experience

*interior: 4 out of 5 stars
- interior was small, but cozy and intimate
- i gave an additional star for the chalkboard menu…i think it gave the place a real home-y feel.

*food: 4 out of 5 stars overall, 5 out of 5 for their blueberry pancakes
- hands down, they were the best blueberry pancakes i ever had. they were just so perfectly fluffy, moist, soft, and just… splendid. and the maple butter that came along with it? heavenly.
- as for the sugar cured bacon, it definitely was interesting, but i probably couldn’t eat more than a couple pieces.
- my friend had the eggs benedict with house smoked salmon – this, too, was good.. but not as good as the blueberry pancakes!

*menu selection: 5 out of 5 stars
- i looked around to see what people were eating around me, and everything looked really good. although clinton street baking company is most well known for their breakfast and brunch items, i definitely want to try some of their sandwiches next time. they looked so fresh and served with a side of fresh, homemade chips.

here’s a little something to whet your appetite. hungry yet?

~ irin



our new neighborhood

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

One of our favorite things about our new office {aside from the bevy of new and phenomenally talented new office friends} is the abundance of food in the neighborhood!  We are at the intersection of Chinatown & Soho, and can actually see a dozen restaurants & cafes from our perch on the 6th floor.

Until a few days ago, I was a regular at the La Esquina upstairs taqueria; to my great displeasure, it’s recently been shuttered, so I’m on the hunt for a new taco hut.  In the meantime, I’m scavenging a vast landscape of coffee shops – every corner has an option! From the bodega’s giant $2 iced coffee to the twice-the-price supremely delicious version at Saturdays Surf Shop to the abundantly available Starbucks menu, this neighborhood will keep me caffeinated.

But one of my simplest and greatest pleasures is exploring the myriad delis and their expansive selection of imported items, stacked precariously on ceiling-high shelves. Every time I visit, my current craving leads me to discover a new item. Like this beverage box, for example; the cutest, happiest little iced tea that I ever did see:

And despite my efforts to eliminate it, I still maintain a hearty sweet tooth, which is always satiated by either Girl Scout cookies Do-Si-Dos, or one of my all time favorite consumable items from abroad, Pocky & its hilariously named sibling, Mens’ Pocky *for the record, I prefer Men’s Pocky.

A little taste of the new neighborhood for now.  Stay tuned for many more delicious food findings from the old & cobbled streets of southeastern Soho – or from my desk drawer, where I keep an eternal stash of Vosges Organic Enchanted Mushroom Candy Bars.  Yum.

~ lauren