Pancakes, Please! Breakfast and Beyond in NYC

Although pancakes are most associated with breakfast time, these towering stacks are also enjoyed for lunch and dinner. Chefs around the globe have put their own innovative twists on the traditional pancake, bringing some creativity to the category, which can be enjoyed in NYC. While some chefs incorporate local ingredients, others utilize various techniques to craft their own versions of the pancake. Manhattan has lots of offerings from cultures around the world, including Chinese, German, French-Brazilian, and of course, American. Celebrate Pancake Month in February with our picks for the best pancakes in NYC.

The Flying Cock

Flying Cock

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The Flying Cock offers a nostalgic play on the classic pancake. Semi-sweet chocolate chips are added to the batter of its banana chocolate chip pancakes, which are made with buttermilk and topped with fresh banana and maple syrup. 497 Third Ave., 212-689-6900,


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French restaurant Brigitte on Manhattan’s chic Lower East Side offers a brunch menu that includes pancakes with banana and spicy walnuts, and it’s topped with maple syrup. The spicy walnuts in this fluffy stack of pancakes add a hint of Brazilian flair to the dish. 37 Canal St., 646-649-3378,

The Horny Ram

Horny Ram

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Midtown East’s Horny Ram brings us back to our American roots with its pancake burger. A beef patty is topped with bacon, American cheese, a fried egg, and a helping of sweet syrup. The sandwich is served between two pancakes for a decadent mash-up of some American classics. Those with a sweet tooth can indulge in the M&M Pancakes. Fluffy flapjacks are filled with chocolate M&Ms and served with maple syrup and a dollop of whipped cream. 951 Second Ave., 917-261-4136,

Hwa Yuan

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Posh Chinese eatery Hwa Yuan is located in an elaborate three-story space that is accented with hints of Chinese decor. Its scallion pancakes include a dash of white pepper along with lots of chopped scallions. The dish comes with an exotic house-made garlic chili soy sauce. Hwa Yuan was a legend since it first opened in 1968 and its revival is a welcome addition to Chinatown. 42 E. Broadway, 212-966-6002,

Left Bank

Left Bank NYC

The German-take on the classic pancake comes courtesy of the Dutch Baby dish at Left Bank—a cozy restaurant on the corner of Perry and Greenwich. This baked pancake strikes a balance between indulgent and airy. Its custardy, feather-light base is awakened by citrusy fresh lemon juice, fresh berries, maple syrup, and a dusting of powdered sugar. 117 Perry St., 212-727-1170,

About the Author

Regina Molaro is a freelancer writer whose work spans from luxury to fashion, art, lifestyle, and beauty. Her work has appeared in Modern Luxury Hawai‘i, as well as Bespoke Magazine and In Season—the in-house magazines at the St. Regis and Mandarin Oriental New York.

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