Start of the morning sweetly, with the tastiest pancakes in New York City. Dig in to these smooth textured ‘cakes any day of the week to ensure yourself a great day lies ahead.
Maialino’s ricotta pancakes with market fresh fruit and ricotta are uber light with a touch of tang, for the breakfast connoisseur in the mood for classic pancakes with an Italian touch. The breakfast menu at this Italian Gramercy gem is thoughtful, meticulous and traditional in preparation. However, these pancakes make our Top 5 list because of their unbeatable soft consistency throughout and final crunch around the rims.
2 Clinton Street Baking Co.
Thick but super fluffy, Clinton Street Baking Co.’s pancakes are genuinely heavenly. They are crisp and golden on the edges with a gooey dough center, making for a breakfast that will leave you with a happy, full stomach all through the day. Lavish and buttery, these pancakes are great either in their traditional preparation, adorned with blueberry compote, or slathered with their homemade maple butter and walnuts. Our little secret: Go for brunch during the week for an uninterrupted and unequivocal, personalized dining experience.
3 Locanda Verde
Locanda Verde’s lemon ricotta pancakes are famous for the extra oomph and detail added inside and on top. Executive Chef Andrew Carmellini blends fresh ricotta cheese into the batter and quickly fries each cake, adding a light golden brown shade to the exterior before topping them with a dollop of Meyer Lemon Curd and a handful of fresh blueberries. Ideal for a weekday power breakfast or weekend brunch, Locanda Verde’s pancakes are nothing short of outstanding.
Though the menu may be vast, (and almost as long as the line outside this NYC staple on weekends), look no further than Bubby’s signature pancakes. Your choice of sour cream or sourdough, these babies are fluffy and immensely satisfying all on their own with, perhaps, a warm pat of butter, which adds that perfect bit of simple decadence. If you’re feeling a tad more adventurous, up the ante and order the sauteed banana walnut pancakes which pack a wallop of flavor. Can’t make it during daylight hours? Never fear as Bubby’s serves up their pancakes (including the sweet strawberry shortcake pancake special) well into the wee hours on the ‘midnight brunch’ menu.
Home-cooking for those in Murray Hill that finally admit they just can’t do it as well as the pros, Penelope is a cozy, intimate, family oriented breakfast spot that attracts neighbors and newcomers alike. Their pancakes are perennial staples, dusted with powdered sugar and served with fresh strawberries and warm baked apples. Penelope’s down-home feel, exquisite preparation and insurmountable love are all shown through these dynamite pancakes that will keep you coming back for more.