Clinton Street Baking Co. Is the Best Brunch Spot in the Whole Damn Country

Clinton Street Baking Co.

As the constant line outside of Clinton Street Baking Co. attests, people like to eat brunch there, regardless of air temperature, logic, or death stares from the restaurant's neighbors. And someone has noticed this and named Clinton Street the best brunch spot in the country.

"Someone" is the editors of Poor Taste Magazine, which last week listed its 100 Best Brunch Spots in America. Clinton Street was recognized for its blueberry pancakes, which "may very well be Platonic ideal of berry-studded flapjack," as well as its buttermilk-biscuit sandwich with scrambled eggs and bacon, which was deemed a "revelation." (Also a revelation? Not standing in line to eat breakfast.)

Several other New York restaurants made the list: Diner (no. 8), Sarabeth (no. 13), Northern Spy Food Co. (no. 20), M. Wells (no. 30), egg (no. 42), Buttermilk Channel (no. 48). Café Orlin (no. 52), Elephant & Castle (no. 56), Vesta (no. 62), the Smith (no. 75), the Smile (no. 88), home/made (no. 91), Penelope's Café (no. 95), and Fatty's Café (no. 98).

Having read through the list, our eyes are now watering with visions of aged hollandaise sauce and bacon grease, but it will no doubt be a boon to the legions of families looking to reward their long-suffering matriarchs this Sunday.

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Jack Wernick
Jack Wernick

I am a resident of the Lower East Side, and thus a neighbor of Clinton Street Baking Company. I have fond memories of leisurely brunches there before it was discovered by sidewalk-hogging twentysomethings who look like they abstain from food other than their once a week fix at CSBC.

I have long since surrendered both the sidewalk and brunch to the hordes. I used to enjoy a burger and brew special they offered during weeknights for locals, but that seems to have vanished along with once-friendly management and reasonable prices.

There are several other local spots I much prefer for brunch, particularly Alias and Schiller's. Both are within a 5 minute walk from CSBC and their food, service, and prices are either comparable or superior to Clinton St. If your idea of the best brunch in the country is rubbing elbows with chatty trendoids in a cacophonous closet, by all means, knock yourself out.


They still have the Beer & Burger special, every weekday, from 6-8pm! I understand how you feel though! But C'mon! Schillers and Alias are decent, but the quality doesn't even come close to CS. They are good, but not comparable with Clinton St. Sorry...As a local... You just need to know the right times to go.


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