I took a weekend trip to NYC last week to visit family. Our first stop was Clinton Street Bakery on the LES, which I chose because I live on Clinton Street in LA! Love it.
The wait was an hour (!) which I would never ever do in LA but thought what the heck. The restaurant couldn’t seat more than 30 people tops. We went across the street and grabbed coffee then ran a couple errands and finally almost 2 hours later were seated.
I ordered the Farmer’s Plate (soft scrambled eggs, house Rosemary sausage, farmhouse Bobolink cheddar, herb roasted tomatoes, and sourdough toast.) It was exactly what I needed after the initial shock of the freezing cold < 30 degree temperature. Not 100% sure any meal is ever worth a 2 hour wait but this was pretty good.
I also ordered a size of house made pickles – yum! Nothing like fresh pickles on a Saturday morning.
Clinton Street Baking Company
4 Clinton Street
New York, NY 10002
I live right down the street from the new La Brea Bakery (and cafe!) and had a lovely brunch there a few weeks ago. I ordered a vegetable frittata (cremini mushrooms, white cheddar, blue cheese, tomato, spinach, blue potatoes, grilled scallions) which was WAY too much food for my own good. But definitely delicious and flavorful.
The restaurant has a wood fired pizza oven with bar seating a la Pizzeria Mozza. It was almost torture having to watch them being made when I knew I wasn’t about to indulge in one.
My friend had the blueberry ricotta pancakes which were fluffy and light. Especially for pancakes. I’m not much of a pancake eater so I always wish I could just order one (which I probably could)! But I’m usually more of a savory breakfast person. I’ll definitely be back as their bakery selection is extensive/overwhelming/gigantic.
Stir Market is a new little Joan’s on Third-esque eatery. It’s partially a food shop(pe) and also a restaurant/wine bar.
I had the Moroccan Baked Eggs (merguez sausage, organic eggs, tomatoes, chickpeas, peppers, with grilled bread) and a soy latte (Intelligentsia Coffee). The dish was delicious and hearty – perfect for a cold day. As someone who doesn’t eat a ton of meat I could’ve done without the sausage since I only took two bites. Perhaps I’ll request it without next time. The space has high ceilings and is very inviting. It wasn’t too crowded on the Friday morning I stopped by but I imagine it being quite popular on the weekends. An outdoor patio is located out front and they are dog friendly.
I had brunch at Commissary last week. Well, not brunch because they don’t serve brunch. Breakfast ends at 11 AM, so when I arrived around 10:55 AM they informed me I had 4 minutes to order bfast! Sigh. Little do they know how much more $ they’d make if they actually had a proper brunch.
Either way, I ate here on a Sunday during which I’d normally have brunch – and it was delicious. They have a few brunch-esque dishes available during lunch so we had hash browns and 2 orders of eggs. We then proceeded to put the egg on top of the hash brown (they wouldn’t do it for us) and it was incredible. The eggs are served poached on top of a delicious tomato sauce. Oysters were delicious and fresh. The eggplant was in a curry soup/sauce and it was phenomenal. It was creamy, warm and nice little spicy addition to the rest of the meal. The fruit & cheese plate was forgettable, but the drinks were divine. I believe I had the blackberry drink – whichever has bourbon in it. Shrimp Po Boy really hit the spot – though I thought it was overpriced for what it was ($16?!).
I’ll definitely be back, just probably not in time for breakfast.