This 32-seat mom-and-pop restaurant on the Lower East Side has achieved icon status, expanding to additional locations from DUMBO to Dubai. Clinton Street’s cozy space offers savory dishes like a Latke Eggs Benedict; Buttermilk Biscuit Sandwich; and a classic Southern Breakfast with sugar-cured bacon, cheese grits, and fried green tomatoes. But the star attraction are the Pancakes served with warm maple butter. Keep it simple or choose from toppings like blueberries, bananas and walnuts, or chocolate chunks—no matter what you decide on, you’ll quickly understand why these flapjacks have a loyal following.
The experience: Brunch
No city does brunch quite like NYC. Fueled by booze, (namely mimosas, bloody marys, or bellinis) and warm plates of country eggs, pancakes with maple butter, fried chicken and waffles, and buttermilk biscuits laid out across the table, a play-by-play examination of last night’s shenanigans are typically the main topic of conversation. At Clinton Street Baking, opened in 2001 by a Brooklyn native and former NYC food editor, this Lower East Side eatery has long been considered the city’s premiere brunch destination, in thanks to a menu featuring items that are all made on premise, from the buttermilk biscuits to raspberry jam. The downtown stalwart is a must-try for both New Yorkers and tourists alike who flock to the spot for its famous blueberry pancakes. Long lines are the norm here so be sure to book your table in advance if you can.
How to order: Reservations are available on Resy for indoor dining. Order takeout and delivery via Caviar, UberEats.