Clinton Street Baking Co
- General Info:
- When husband and wife team, Neil Kleinberg and DeDe Lahman, opened Clinton St. Baking Co in April 2001, their mission was to make the best baked goods in the city, using the freshest ingredients, hand-mixed in small batches. They bought dark French-roast coffee, ground it in house, and hired a college student to serve it with warm muffins, biscuits and scones. Soon the locals stumbled in, and mornings on Clinton Street came alive. Rumors of Neil's simple, delicious omelets, sandwiches and soups moved people to cluster, then crowd, and now form lines up the block. We're an unassuming storefront, with just 32 seats, and yet people travel from Tribeca and Toronto, and Tokyo to eat here. New York Magazine voted Neil's blueberry pancakes best in the city ( twice! ). Naturally, we agree, but the locals still come in for no-fuss-just-plain good food: a juicy burger and Brooklyn Lager, fried oysters with a spicy bloody Mary, or a decadent hot fudge sundae made with artisanal vanilla ice cream from the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory. The lore about our brunch lines we cannot deny... but try us at dinner, when the lights are dim, the crowds calm, and the food is anything but ordinary, says the New York Observer. Okay, and Yes: You can still get a stack of pancakes after dark. Co-owner of Clinton Street and Community Restaurant, Neil Kleinberg raised himself in a crazy kitchen in Flatbush, Brooklyn, among 4 kids, 2 parents, 16 neighborhood cousins, and 6 aunts and uncles. At 10 years old, he became a one-boy culinary wonder who'd do anything to avoid his mother's famous dish: chicken in a pot ( the only dish in her repertoire ). His lunches, made assembly-line style for his relatives, were simple but classic: Tuna fish sandwiches on rye toast with crisp lettuce and beefsteak tomatoes, fresh corned beef w/mustard and sauerkraut, turkey and Swiss w/ Russian and slaw.
- Payment method:
- mastercard, visa, amex
- Downtown Manhattan, Lower East Side
Clinton St. Baking Co. & Restaurant
Clinton St Baking
Clinton St. Baking Co.
Clinton St. Baking Company
Clinton St. Baking Company & Restaurant
- American Restaurants, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Bakeries, Restaurants
- Other Information:
Bike Parking: Yes
Takes Reservations: No
Outdoor Seating: No
Cuisines: Family Style, American, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Bakeries
Price Range : Average
06/21/2012Provided by Citysearch -
We gone there in Weekend and there were 20 individuals previous to us. 60 individuals were holding out when they started out. They only took about 30 individuals at once. We had a gruy?re red onion broth, egg benedict and bananas maple hot cakes. Everything was amazing as regular, but the red onion broth is $9 and a little bit costly. When we remaining at 10:15 am, 50 individuals were holding out and had to delay 2 time at most! Go there as beginning as achievable.
10/12/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I have been to this restaurant about four times, and love it each time more. The wait time is unbelieveably long, so I stick to going on weekday mornings - on the weekends the wait time can be upwards of an hour. The restaurant is super small so it is a litlle cramped, but the food is so worth it. The coffee is really good and the biscuits are so fresh, they just fall apart. I usually have a breakfast sandwich. I definitely recommend it.
04/20/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I have been reading all your reviews and can sympathize with all you say. Great food means wait time. All the hype means high expectations. Doesn't mean they cannot fullfill them but in a small place it does require several people working their butts off with no time off. You cannot duplicate the owners - they work hard but cannot always be there. We expect everyone to do the same job and cook as well but....
at a point everything suffers. Hopefully the owners will downsize (maybe dinner) and focus their attention on what needs the most. Obviously breakfast, brunch & lunch. And why on weekends are they not open until 10? Did I read this wrong because I own a bagel restaurant and am open at 6 am. HOT breakfast early. In that, I feel they are setting themselves up for trouble. Open earlier and there will not be those 2 hour wait times. Sounds like they are doing great but maybe need to re-evalute how they are doing it. Don't live in the moment but plan for the future! Love what they are doing and hope they can look ahead!
02/22/2009Provided by Citysearch -
We've been customers from the neighborhood for more than 7 years and I have to say we now think twice before walking down to Clinton Street Baking Company. For example, today we went to Le Gamin on 5th Street which was really good.
The hostess on Sundays is rude and has a really short fuse with customers. Yes the place is mobbed on Sundays but that's no reason not to use words like 'please' or 'thanks'. Smiling occasionally is nice too (two or three sundays ago she didn't smile once the entire time we were there). Sometimes people have come a long way to enjoy the food and this hostess treats people badly. While we waited we were able to watch her become really nasty with some woman (not from New York and admittedly annoying) who was just asking how much longer she would have to wait.
The host on Friday night isn't much better--having loud personal telephone conversations in the waiting area at the front of the restaurant is tacky and when people are waiting to be seated it's really bad service. We felt like we'd entered a 'wise-guy joint' with this host. No one is looking for 5 star service but these people are rude!!!
What's worse is that neither of these two is particularly good looking so the attitude comes off really really badly. I hope the hosting staff isn't an indicator of where things are going at this place--it used to be a neighborhood place where you wanted to go...now it's like anywhere else downtown with decent food (actually the food is always amazing--hats off to the kitchen!!!) and nasty (though not good looking) hosts. 3 stars is generous..it's probably more like 2.5 because no matter how good the food the attitude of the hosts ruins the dining experience.
02/02/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Hi My boyfriend ordered the stuffed whole chicken, and the stuffing was clearly bad... let's just say we weren't well for about 5 days. Another friend who is trained as a chef ordered chicken on a different occasion, and when she bit into it it was bloody. BEWARE!!!
I was sad to find out this because until that day, it was a very pleasant place to go. I think I will have to avoid it from now on :(....
01/25/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Ok, the ""good reviews"" are obviously from people who have never been to IHOP. My friend and I had the Blueberry Pancakes, the Banana Pancakes, Buttermilk biscuits, bacon and egg. I'm not sayin' the food was horrible, but definitely not worth a 2-hr wait and a $60 bill!.....I believe 85% of the patrons waiting in the cold for two hours, are there for no other reason than obtainng the braggings rights of sayin you've been to ""the one and only CHSB"" (i know thats what i waited in line) But, was highly disappointed. If you have a craving for pancakes and eggs go to IHOP, same food, alot cheaper and a lot less hype.