Mini Restaurant Review: Clinton St. Bakery
I finally made it to the much-buzzed about Clinton St. Bakery, I did not try their infamous Fried Chicken & Waffles nor did I try their Banana Walnut Pancakes with Warm Maple Butter, I had tea and a brownie sundae. But not just any brownie sundae, a sundae so special that after 8 months on a gluten-yeast-dairy-egg-free diet with only 2 cheat days, this was one of them!
In search of coffee and sweets after a hefty Saturday afternoon lunch, we found ourselves at this lovely NYC-imported diner in Burj Views downtown. We were there just between the lunch and dinner rush, probably the only quiet time the restaurants gets. We filed into a booth conveniently just across from the dessert display encased with Jalapeño Cornbread, Banana-Chocolate Cream Pie, Mixed Berry Scones and Apple Crumble Pie.
Our waiter quickly made his way over and began to pitch their dessert specialty, the Blondie Sundae, he was quite convincing. We were sold. The last time I had a brownie sundae was probably at Dairy Queen when I lived in Ohio 20 years ago, I silently contained my excitement trying not to embarrass my husband.
I apathetically sipped on my earl gray tea awaiting the main event. Finally a huge mound of whipped cream drizzled with salted caramel and butterscotch chips sitting atop a bowl of a butterscotch blondie and vanilla ice cream arrived. I could already tell this was worth the wait. In an attempt to have some self-control I publically declared I would only have a bite or two, famous last words… The marriage of salted caramel, butterscotch and the moist brownie was indeed as glorious as expected. The warm buttery and salty flavors melted into the ice cream balancing the sundae to perfection.
After everyone surrendered and slumped into a happy sugar high, I slyly continued to sneak in the last few bites while simultaneously giving the waiter dirty looks every time he attempted to clear the table. It was my cheat day after all!
I found little comfort in the fact that the menu is 100% certified organic given the calories and sugar I had just inhaled. Was it worth it? Absolutely, this was the most indulgent dessert I’ve tasted so far this year; my taste buds eagerly await my next cheat day.
The kitchen reopened for dinner just before we left and the smoky aroma of Angus Beef Ribs and Green Chili Burgers drifted into the small dining room taunting us, we’ll be back soon that’s for sure.
Clinton St. Baking Company