Pancake Lovers – Today is Your Day

Pancake Lovers – Today is Your Day

Wild Maine blueberry pancakes (Courtesy Clinton St. Baking Co.)

Today is National Pancake Day!

Pancakes, while traditionally a breakfast food, are great any time of the day. They can be served as-is—plain batter cooked on a hot griddle and then plated with butter and/or syrup—or if you come from a family like mine, perhaps you’re used to having chopped nuts and mini dark chocolate chips in them. Some people liked their pancakes topped with fresh fruit or jams, while others enjoy theirs stuffed with Nutella or other gooey filling.

However you prefer them, here are five great places around the city where you can find amazing pancakes:

Big Daddy’s (Gramercy Park and Upper West Side): With a breakfast menu served all day, everyday, you can order the “Best Pancakes in the Entire World!” (according to Big Daddy’s) any time you visit. With almost a dozen different options, there are sure to be some pancakes that strike your fancy. Among the flavors are Oreo, oat bran and Hunka Hunka Burnin’ Love (loaded with bananas and chocolate chunks). Soon to be introduced new pancake flavors include Fruity Pebbles and Cocoa Pebbles. Yum!

Clinton St. Baking Co. (Lower East Side): Clinton St. Baking Co. began as a wholesale baking company but became a sit-down spot that can accommodate 32 patrons. Chef Neil Kleinberg’s award-winning wild Maine blueberry pancakes have been previously voted the best in the city. Also on the menu are banana walnut and chocolate chunk pancakes.

Dudleys (Lower East Side): This casual neighborhood restaurant makes a point to support local suppliers for its ingredients. The “Perfect Pancakes”—with hazelnuts, bananas and a side of maple syrup—are available on the all day and brunch menus.  

The River Café (DUMBO, Brooklyn): This upscale waterfront restaurant boasts a menu of new American cuisine that features the finest, freshest ingredients. The breakfast menu offers the pancakes options of milk chocolate and hazelnut Gianduja or fresh blueberries with Vermont maple syrup while for brunch, guests can order “Golden Pancakes.” These are buttermilk pancakes topped with gold dusted milk chocolate and caramelized hazelnuts and served with smoky bacon and Vermont maple syrup.

The Stanton Social (Lower East Side): Celebrity Chef/Owner Chris Santos (you’ve probably seen him as a judge on “Chopped”) and Tao Group owner Rich Wolf collaborated on this restaurant and lounge. The Stanton Social is open for dinner during the week, but at weekend brunch, you can get caramelized banana pancakes served with candied pecans, vanilla brown butter and maple syrup.

Hunka Hunka Burnin' Love pancakes (Courtesy Big Daddy's)

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