Cafe Centosette (2nd Ave & 10th st 212-420-5933)
it's not a secret place at all, use to be located 3rd & 13th.I've been to this place many times for "just ok " cafe menu, like sandwhichies & pastas, and never
taken this place seriously.
I WAS SO WRONG!!
after having their great pancake, I regretted so much that I didn't pay attention about the breakfast menu which is served by noon on weekdays and by 4pm on weekends as brunch.
the pancake is " oven baked ", not the griddle-fried one which is a regular american pancake. the oven baked one has more solid round shape - molded by pan in order to bake it in oven - , and much much more spongy & fluffy than the regular one. Cafe Centosette's is the best oven baked style one I've ever had in NY.It's the most spongy & fulffy, and the thickest one.the pancake here comes only one piece, but it's much thicker than 3 stacks of regular pancakes, yet it has much much lighter texture than one piece of regular pancake.It looks different too.
I like the oven baked pancake at Lu Luc on smith st Brooklyn, and Flea Market on ave A & st Mark's - the brunch only caramelized apple pancake-, but Cafe Centosette makes the best.the only flaw is that they don't have a real maple syrup, including Lu Luc & Flea Market.but the price is good, the plain pancake is $5.75 with the side of sage infused potatoes.
If you've never been impressed by the pancakes from Sarabeth's, Norma's, Bubby's, Clinton st bakery, E.A.T., Eli's - the french toast is amazing though -,
Vinegar Factory, kichinette - I like the ginger bread pancakes anyway,uptown is better - , etc...like me, you should try Cafe Centosette ASAP.
for regular style pancakes,I love Fairway cafe's.