Clinton St. Baking Co. & Restaurant
What began as a wholesale bakery is now an all-day restaurant with a rolodex of accolades for its pancakes and a brunch scene that never tires. It's hard to say what makes the pancakes here so good, but it's likely a combination of the texture -- light and fluffy on the inside, crispy and golden on the outside -- and the warm maple butter that puts syrup to shame. Weekend mornings are known to have hour-long waits, so your best bet is to show up a half-hour before the first seating at 9am, or stop by to put your name down about an hour before you want to be seated. You'll get a text 10 minutes before your table is ready. If all else fails, you can order the pancakes (and other house signatures like brioche French toast and buttermilk fried chicken) at Clinton St.'s dinner service.