There are a lot of reasons to dread February in New York—the cold, the slush, and maybe even that fickle holiday mid-month. Fortunately, we've got the Clinton Street Baking Company on the Lower East Side to give us plenty of reasons to look forward to February's fast approach.
February is Pancake Month at Clinton Street, and if you've ever braved the line at this always-packed spot for a weekend brunch, you understand why. Airy, hearty, and crisp-edged, the Clinton Street Baking Company has won awards for their flapjacks, beat Bobby Flay in a "Throwdown," and even impressed Martha Stewart. In February, they add nine special pancakes to the usual suspects (blueberry, banana walnut, and chocolate chunk), that show up for 1- to 3-day stints on the menu. Even better news: you can eat the pancakes for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. (Or all of the above; we won't judge, we promise.)
We sat down with Clinton Street Baking Company's owners, husband and wife team Neil Kleinberg and Dede Lahman, to sample this year's pancake month offerings ($15-17). (Dede has her favorites, but is quick to point out that chef Neil "is the man behind the pancake craze and all its splendor.") Check out 8 of the 9 in the slideshow above, and the dates the specials will be running. Keep an eye out for Pancake Month's "wildcard flavor," which will be served on February 17 (the flavor will be announced day-of on Clinton Street's website).