2.23.2011

Brunch on a Wednesday? Hell yeah!

One of the many perks of having a week off from work in New York City? Getting to have brunch on a Wednesday afternoon with your teacher friends! Last week, Rachel and I found out about Clinton Street Baking Company's pancake month and knew we needed to check it out. We recruited Maia as well and headed to the Lower East Side this morning determined to do some serious eating.

We arrived at noon and got our name on the hour long waiting list (is it sad that we said, "Oh, that's not so bad..." after hearing that we only had to wait an hour?). Instead of waiting in the cramped entrance of the bustling restaurant, we decided to sit across the street and have some coffee while we waited for our table. We sat at Cafe Pedlar and caught up over delicious cups of Stumptown Coffee. By the time our cups were empty, it was time for us to head back to see if our table was empty as well.
We lucked out and were seated at a booth near the front of the restaurant soon after we got back. We had already thoroughly read the menu and only needed a few minutes before placing our order. Luckily, great minds think alike, and we all decided to order family style so we could try as many things as possible. We were salivating as we watched plates piled high with pancakes, biscuits, and eggs get delivered to the tables near us. Before we knew it, our own amazing brunch selections were brought to our table and we got down to business.
We ordered...

Wild Maine blueberry pancakes with warm maple butter...
Brioche french toast with caramelized bananas, roasted pecans, and warm maple butter...
... and a buttermilk biscuit sandwich with scrambled eggs, melted cheddar, homemade tomato jam, bacon, and hash browns. Oh, and a side of sugar cured bacon.
Let's just say we were really, really excited.
We managed to clean all three plates as we talked about work, friends, shopping, and everything else that girlfriends love to talk about. All of the food we ordered was absolutely delicious. We especially loved the pancakes; they were fluffy and tasty and perfection with a few blueberries and maple butter. And don't get me started on the sugar cured bacon. It was out of this world good.
After we were stuffed and the check was paid, we decided to shop for a few hours in SoHo to walk off some calories and check out the shoe sales at Blommingdales. Maia and I are excellent shopping partners because we encourage purchases. Case in point, Rachel's new Frye boots! They were a great deal and I think I am almost as excited as she is that she got them!
Brunch and shopping was a perfect way to spend the afternoon. Thanks ladies for a great day!

1 comment :

  1. What a fun time! And those pancakes look amazing! My husband and I have been watching "Selling New York" lately... on HGTV, it has been making us really want to come and visit NY! I've been there once, like 10 years ago... and I loved it!

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