Slideshow: 10 NYC Pancakes We Love

Plein Sud
Plein Sud
The buttermilk pancakes with blueberries fall into that "knock-your-socks-off" category of good (but you do pay for the pleasure). Vanilla mascarpone and maple syrup are served alongside the crispy, buttery pancakes. The mascarpone is like frosting—decadent, delicious, and not always necessary when the cake is done right (which in this case, it is), but oh-so-good. Read the full entry »

Plein Sud: 85 West Broadway, New York NY 10007 (map); 212-204-5555; pleinsudnyc.com

Mimi's Hummus
Mimi's Hummus
Though it's hard to forgo the namesake dish at Mimi's, their "Moroccan Pancakes" are incredible: lacy-edged semolina pancakes with fresh strawberries and lots of honey butter. Read the full entry »

Mimi's Hummus: 1209 Cortelyou Road, Brooklyn NY 11218 (map); 718-284-4444; ‪mimishummus.com‬‎

Pershing Square
Pershing Square
A deeply bronzed, ever so slightly crisp exterior gives way to a fluffy, spongy, porous inner-core. Butter is unnecessary; the pancakes had either already been buttered or there was a significant amount in the batter itself. (Or both.) The result is a richness that recalls pure shortbread, tempered by the sweetness of the pure maple syrup and tang from the buttermilk in the batter. Read the full entry »

Pershing Square: 90 East 42nd Street, New York NY 10017 (map); 212-286-9600; pershingsquare.com

Fairway Cafe
Fairway Cafe
The petite silver dollar-sized pancakes are stacked high, six to an order, with fresh blueberries, butter, and maple syrup on the side. Each one is perfectly browned on both sides, buttery all their own, with tender, fluffy interiors.

Fairway Cafe: 2127 Broadway, New York NY 10023 (map); 212-595-1888; fairwaymarket.com

Clinton Street Baking Co.
Clinton Street Baking Co.
It's almost trite to lavish praise on Clinton Street Baking Co.'s pancakes, but hey: they're delicious. Thick but crazily light, with buttery, crisp edges, they're good plain or with blueberries or in any of Clinton Street's other flavors—but really, it's the maple butter that makes 'em. Our tip? Avoid the crowds: go during the week. Read the full entry »

Clinton Street Baking Company: 4 Clinton Street, New York NY 10002 (map); 646-602-6263; clintonstreetbaking.com

Standard Grill
Standard Grill
These pancakes are reasonably light, extremely tender, and had what we love in pancakes—a slighly crunchy exterior. Pricey, but memorably delicious. Read the full entry »

Standard Grill: 848 Washington Street, New York NY 10014 (map); 212-645-4100; thestandardgrill.com

The Mermaid Inn
The Mermaid Inn
The loose cornmeal batter yields ultra-thin cakes. The tiniest hint of the outer layer gets a crispy finish, but inside, the texture's smooth, with just a bit of grittiness from the cornmeal and a subtly sweet edge. Powdered sugar and maple syrup are the only accompaniments on a somewhat lackluster-looking plate that's anything but. Read the full entry »

The Mermaid Inn: 568 Amsterdam Ave, New York NY 10024 (map); 212-674-5870; themermaidnyc.com

Cafe Katja
Cafe Katja
Topfenpalatschinken—an intimidating name, but a welcoming dessert. At Cafe Katja, finish your dinner of spätzle and marinated herring with this Austrian dish. These paper-thin pancakes boast crisp, browned edges, and are stuffed with fresh farmers cheese and folded into quarters. Plated with a warm, sweet and yolk-rich custard, there's a tart green currant compote to finish and a side of just-whipped schalg. Hot and cold, crispy and soft, sweet and savory, you find it all in an order of Topfenpalatschinken. Read the full entry »

Cafe Katja: 79 Orchard Street, New York NY 10002 (map); 212-219-9545; ‪cafe-katja.com‬‎