So I know the half marathon was oh…about two weeks ago already. But better late than never right? And I NEEDED to share with you the fantastic post-run brunch that was had! But before we could eat…I had to run. Up early and freezing in my shorts and long sleeve, I waited in Central Park with thousands of others for the start of the race. The route of the half was quite amazing! It was such an incredible feeling running through Times Square…definitely my favorite part of the route. Well second favorite I should say…
This was my favorite! Spotting Adam along the West Side Highway at about mile 11 gave me the final push to reach the 13th.1 mile. 1:54:30 was my time and a PR (previous best half was 1:57).
A little cold, tired, and quite sore, we slowly made our way through the crowds, hopped in a cab, and drove to meet our amazing friend, who had been waiting 2 + hours to secure us a spot at the always crazy busy, Clinton Street Baking Company. Famous for their fluffy and cake-like pancakes, these were all I had on my mind. But unfortunately, a very unfriendly hostess stood in our way. Once we arrived, it seemed she had totally skipped over my friend’s name on the four page long waiting list…apparently we are supposed to check in…she will not come and find us. After more waiting, we were finally seated…at a table for TWO (we were three full-grown adults!) Very squished and hungry, we were definitely ready to order. The waitress was also not very friendly or inviting. Thankfully, the food at Clinton Street Bakery more than made up for the unappetizing service. I had read about and seen their “world-famous” blueberry pancakes in many food magazines and TV shows and this is what I was here for. But Clinton Street is no one trick pony…they do all brunch food extremely well!
The pancakes definitely lived up to the cake portion of their name. So tender and moist, filled with lots and lots of juicy blueberries. And that warm maple butter….I think we all wanted to just pick it up and drink it (but we did have better table manners than that!) But as good as the pancakes were, the biscuit my friend ordered was out of this world. I’m not a big biscuit eater and am no expert but these were so light and airy they could turn anyone into a biscuit lover. So pretty bad service and long waits, is the food worth it? You should definitely go once to experience it but I don’t know that I’d return…uninviting staff is a big turn off for me.