Clinton Street Bakery got its start as a small wholesale bakery on the Lower East Side of Manhattan where Chef Neil Kleinberg and his wife Dede Lahman focused on American comfort food classics done really well like fluffy buttermilk pancakes with homemade maple butter and crispy fried chicken on top of waffles. It wasn’t long before they started getting line-ups out the door and their pancakes were voted the best in the city. Now you can sample this iconic cafe’s signature dishes at their first outlet in Southeast Asia right here in Singapore.
Why you should come here:
The hype was pretty huge about Clinton Street Bakery Singapore even before it opened it’s doors, and the consensus seems to be that this place is worth waiting in the queue for their homey vibe, ample portions and downright decent American diner-style fare. If you can only squeeze in one dish (and trust us—that may be all you can handle, as the portions here are pretty hefty), try the signature pancakes that come with your choice of blueberries, banana walnut, or chocolate chip.
What we love:
We hear that this location is not quite as amazing as their flagship NYC cafe, but then when does anything ever truly equal the original? We like that the concept is cool and cosmopolitan with a simple diner style get-up with booths and tables, and a good mix of jazz and Latin tunes playing in the background.
If you’re into starting your meal with a sugar rush, try the cool and creamy Chocolate Peanut Butter Milkshake, which can also be kicked up a notch with a shot of bourbon. Foodwise we’re partial to the hearty Southern Breakfast with scrambled eggs, sugar-cured bacon, cheese grits and fried green tomatoes. You also can’t leaving without indulging in those blueberry pancakes. You’ll definitely be wanting to come back for more.
Just like at their NYC cafe, the Singapore location gets pretty packed up on weekends, so they have some rules in place to ensure the queues don’t get too long. First of all, they don’t take reservations or seat groups of over six people together. Secondly, they won’t seat incomplete parties until the entire group is there. Finally, they don’t allow add-ons to tables that have already ordered. It may seem a bit rigid, but the whole point is to keep things efficient and fair.
$25++ to $30++ per person (not including alcoholic bevvies).
Cafe: Clinton Street Baking Co
Where: 31 Purvis Street, 188608
Operating Hours: Mon – Thu: 9am – 9pm, Fri – Sat: 8am – 10pm, Sun: 8am – 8pm
Tel: +65 6844 4845