My first brunch trip to Harry’s last weekend may have created a monster.
I tried another brunch this weekend, but I swear it’s only because my parents and sister came in to visit. My dad is the biggest foodie in the entire world (I wonder where I get it from?), and he picked the place. So, this morning, my family and I headed out to Clinton St. Baking Company in the Lower East Side.
Located right off Bowery, this charming little place opens at 9 AM and is packed from that point forward. We ended up waiting almost two hours to be seated, so we visited a cute, hipster coffee shop around the corner to kill time and stay warm.
The wait is, without a doubt, worth it. Everyone in my family but me drinks coffee, so the first thing I ordered was a hot drink off of the Specials Menu… Hot Buttered Cider, which is hot cider with a layer of foamy maple cinnamon butter on top, with even more cinnamon sprinkled on top of that. It comes in a mug the size of your face. You’re basically drinking an apple fritter. Do not leave Clinton St. Baking Company without getting one.
Everything just got better from there. I ordered the Spanish Scramble sans tomatoes, because the next word in the description after “Omelette with” was the word “chorizo”, and I was pretty much sold. Though I have to admit it was not the best chorizo I’ve ever had (There’s also a chance it was turkey chorizo, but I’m still not sure), it was all mixed up with scallions, caramelized onions and Monterey Jack cheese, and that made up for it.
All entrees that aren’t pancakes come with two slices of sourdough toast and that massive hash brown, which smells the way my house smells when we make potato latkes, and tastes just as good as ours do, too.
My dad and I then decided that since this was basically lunch, it was OK to get dessert (Yes, we can rationalize just about anything having to do with food.). We were sitting right under the chalkboard with all of the baked goods listed on it, so I selected the Pumpkin Cheesecake. It might actually have been the best decision I’ve made in a really long time. The little slice was perfectly sized, not too sweet, and, as my sister pointed out, made it totally acceptable for me to be eating pumpkin things in the end of February.
Definitely a “Don’t Miss” kind of place in New York City. Thank you Mom and Dad for a wonderful Sunday morning treat!
Clinton St. Baking Company
4 Clinton St.
New York, NY 10002