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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.
Hours

Regular Hours

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Price Range
$$
Neighborhoods
Downtown Manhattan, Lower East Side
AKA

Clinton St. Baking Co.

Clinton St. Baking Co. & Restaurant

Clinton St. Baking Company

Clinton St. Baking Company & Restaurant

Categories
American Restaurants, Bakeries, Hamburgers & Hot Dogs, Soul Food Restaurants, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: No

Cuisines: Southern, Soul, Burgers, Family Style, American, Hot Dogs, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Bakeries

Cuisine: Southern, Soul, Burgers, American, Hot Dogs, Diner

Price Range : Average

Good for Kids: Yes

Pets Allowed: No

Good For Family: Yes

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jhonsr

06/21/2012

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Editorial review from 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 gruyère 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.

GMSTAR

05/26/2011

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Very Good Breakfast!

I wouldn't say its the best but its pretty good..

It gets very packed and you have to wait a very long time to get seated. Unless you like people eating on top of you DONT GO!

The breakfast is pretty good.

Annabelle1968

02/23/2010

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breakfast here is awesome

the pancakes here are out of this world. not crazy about the cookies, but the breakfast is delicious!

Flushingsfinest08

10/12/2009

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Awesome coffee and homemade biscuits!!

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.

nbagel

04/20/2009

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give the owners a break! great food means trouble!

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!

joshprosen

03/21/2009

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Weekday Dinner

Sure, Brunch is alll Hype at Clinton St. But my buddies and I like it for dinner after work- Beer and Burger Special is a great choice. Reviewer said bad looking hosts, but we sit at the bar because of some especially cute and friendly bartenders.

clintonStreetResident

02/22/2009

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Improve service, please!!!

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.

WHY:
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.

lauragleecontact

02/02/2009

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Undercooked chicken

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 :(....

shireen1

01/25/2009

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OVERRATED....is an understatement!

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.

Acg104

01/24/2009

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Highly Overated...Go to IHOP instead

Finally got to Clinton St. after months of being too tired to wait on the line that I had been made aware of by all of the other reviews. Anyway, so as expected my friend and I waited for an hour and a half before we were seated (We went on Saturday morning by the way). Anyway, ordered the buttermilk biscuit sandwich with eggs,bacon and hash browns as well as the banana walnut pancakes..my friend had the same,but the blueberry pancakes. Not that anything was bad ( except for the biscuit which was pretty dry), but nothing was spectacular as I expected it to be. Pancakes were good, not great and I had a hard time eating them because the syrup looked like Buckley's cough syrup.

My recommendation? Skip the wait and catch IHOP on a good day.

sethgg

11/20/2008

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Overall
super place

convenient and delicious and fun and convenient and delicious convenient and delicious and fun and convenient and delicious

rosebud158

11/03/2008

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Best Fried Chicken

Yes, their brunches are amazing and the wait is epic but I like to go there for dinner. The fried chicken is juicy, never dry! The fried green tomatoes are cooked in a delicate cornmeal and are a wonderful complement. Steer away from the crab cakes, small and didn't taste fresh.
The baked items are always good so save room for dessert, all are amazing. Usually a biscuit with a side of jam is all I need to end a perfect meal there.

gm16

10/27/2008

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Would not recommend

I discovered this place because of city guide. However after having brunch there this past Sunday I would say that this place is definitely overrated. We ordered a Spanish omelet and a Vanilla waffle that was topped with pecans and pears. We would recommend the Waffle but not the Spanish omelet. Most around us were ordering the Pancakes. Quite honestly, for the reviews and ratings on this site, I was expecting good food, but we both felt that we could have had this anywhere else for the same cost. Most menu items average between $12 - $18.

Zib g15

07/11/2008

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most amazing brunch

Totally worth the wait! I went here and was told there was going to be an hour and a half wait but i ended up waiting only about 45 minutes. People complain about the wait, but if you are with people you enjoy then it really shouldnt be a problem. I had never been there before but had heard great things about their eggs and in particular their bisucits! Im from texas and always enjoy a DELCIOUS biscuit and frankly, the biscuits here were better than the ones in Texas. Also, their choc. chip scone and choc banana muffin were delicous. I went on a sat. morning around 11 and only waiting 45 minutes wasnt bad. I chatted with my boyfriend, went in and got the muffin adn scone and just relaxed. It WASNT THAT BAD PEOPLE!!!!!!! I highly recommend this place. THe eggs were also amazingly declious. Cooked perfectly and just the correct amount of things inside. people need to stop complaining, enjoy their company, and try Clinton St. Baking Co. IT IS THE BEST!!!!!

blanchita121

06/30/2008

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Fantastic! I can't believe the bad reviews

I went to CSBC this past Sat. morn alone -- arrived at 9:20 and was third in line. I didn't realize they don't seat until 10am. I watched the line form and a hostess came out to take everyone on the line's name. When they call you in for your table at 10, all the water and silverware are at your seat. I found the service excellent and very friendly, as was the hostess. No one tried to rush my party of one, either, which can happen. In fact, I asked the hostess and a bus boy questions and was answered very politely and warmly. All of my food came out piping hot with my AMAZING blueberry/maple/butter pancakes emitting steam that could burn your tongue if not careful. Pancakes were so fluffy -- if you like IHOP, then go there! The cheesy grits were warm and gooey with all the comfort of home. The bacon is done properly and nice and thick. I truly can't wait to go back. The couple next to me said the fried green tomatoes were fantastic -- they looked that way too -- good and crunchy outer coating. I love you CSBC!

blave

04/21/2008

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AVOID!

Not so sure what the rave about this place is compared with any other diner on the street. I ordered the special, Truffle Fried Egg, what a disappointment! Oily! Not seasoned! And something I could have made better at home! We also had the pancakes, which were ho-hum...The biscuits were so dry I had to drink a few glasses of water just to get down the bites...Pancakes were like anything you could order from International House Of Pancakes!

Check out better places in the city where you can get a much better brunch menu and better space to eat, without the 1.5 hour wait.
For good biscuits and gravy go to the Comfort Diner.
For good bread and service go to the Blue Water Grille.
For great cheese and fondue brunch go to Artisinal.
For awesome food and brunch in general go to Balthazar.
The Noho Star is a great place in the area which serves better food and less of a wait.
Penelope's for their Penny Sandwhich!
Any meatpacking restaurant like Pastis or Vento.
Serafina or Waldorf (Peacock Alley) for eggs Benedict.

You see with all these choices there is no need to go here! Be warned!

emanyc

04/20/2008

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Not worth the hype - Hour and half wait for cold eggs and a rude hostess.....


NOT WORTH WAITING AN HOUR AND A HALF FOR COLD EGGS.....This place must have gone down hill from when other recomended it. We got there at 10:30 and were finally seated at 12:00 after speaking to the rude red head hostess that sat three sets of people in front of our party of two. Once we were seated and ordered the food arrived it and it was cold I mean really cold. Not worth the hype! Don't waste a sunday morning here.

DumpyBumpy

04/18/2008

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Perfect

This place is perfect. Go early to avoid line up.. It opens at 10 during wkend, we'd go at or before 930 to make sure we can be seated right at 10. I really dont want to tell anyone, but their dinner is even a better deal. Go early on a weekday to avoid lineups.

vav11238

03/13/2008

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smallest place on earth

Read all the reviews here and was excited about having brunch last Sunday. Sadly, I hadn't read that it is one of the SMALLEST places becasue if I had, I wouldn't have waisted my time. Be aware that the establishment is TINY...and unless you've already eaten and aren't starving then this might be the place for you to go....otherwise pick one of the other thousands of restaurants in NYC.

sfcrew

03/12/2008

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Make the Most of the wait...It's worth it!

I have been to CSB several times but the SF-Crew made its first stop there a couple of weeks ago, and I suggest enforcing a no complaint rule b/c you WILL need to wait on a wknd. However, I'm sure all members of my crew will concur IT'S WORTH THE WAIT! You just need to be creative. We waited 2 hrs, but during those hours we made the most of it...we went to a cute place down the street and had a couple of mimosas, had a photo shoot, and brought back hanging out on the stoop. I recommend dining with people you want to spend time with. However I digress, the truth is I doubt you will find a better brunch place in NYC, there's a reason people wait two hours, and at this place I can assure you it's not for their health! The maple butter sauce is possibly one of the best things I have ever tasted and their pancakes are like none other. The best way to experience the true deliciousness that is the CSB is with a quality spltzy's (you and your dining partner(s) share your meals). The wait staff was extremely accommodating; after our 2hr wait they gave us double Bellini?s/Mimosas to thank us for being patient. I would classify CSB as an event instead of a brunch b/c unless you go there during the week, which I have yet to do, you are going to wait. So make the most of it and enforce the no complaint rule, b/c once you taste the maple butter sauce you will realize what the hypes all about!
-SF Crew

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