Time to sum up my pancake/waffle/french toast experiences in the City.
Kitchenette (pancakes / french toast):
-Blackberry & Cherry Pancakes were pretty good, though by no means great. Berries were fresh, but pancakes were a bit too grainy and dry.
-Cinnamon Swirl French toast is really quite good. The slices of bread are fairly thin so there are no dry splotches of bread in the middle. Only downside is that the portion is on the small side - only two slices of fairly normal size toast.
-Maple syrup is the real thing, pretty good quality and is free
Clinton St. Baking (French Toast):
-French Toast was a surprise dissapointment as I had heard so many good things about the breakfast here. The big let down was that the slices of bread were so thick that there were large portions of dry bread (untouched by egg) in the middle of each slice. The maple butter that came with it was a bit too sweet and rich for my taste.
-Waffles here are the only ones I have found in the City that deviate from the standard round "Belgian" waffles that all the Greek diners make. Though these are by no means great (or even very good) waffles, I do like them better than the standard round Belgians.
-Maple syrup is the real thing and is free, but the quality isn't that great.
-Waffles here are of the standard "belgian" variety available throughout the City. They are, however, just a tad better than all the others I have tried at the city's diners. Decent fresh raspberry sauce is availabe.
-Maple FLAVORED syrup is standard. Small bottles of mediocre real maple syrup are available for a couple bucks extra.
City Bakery (French Toast):
-I know a lot of people go nuts for this stuff, but I am far more ambivalent. While the french toast (available on weekends only) does have a nice carmelized outer layer, the slices are so thick that there is always slimy raw egg in the center.
-Real maple syrup is available, but the quality is very mediocre.
EJ's Luncheonette (French Toast):
-Tried their Crunchy French Toast which is coated with Almonds and Cornflakes. This has to rank among the worst dishes I have ever ordered in all of Manhattan. The bread is of insultingly low quality and the crunchy topping isn't as good as it sounds (if it sounded good to you to begin with). In a word: inedible.
-The syrup is the worst I've ever had. It is Log Cabin syrup still in the Log Cabin plastic squeeze bottles.