Once we landed in JFK, I was on a mission to find the best pancakes in New York City and Bubby’s had exactly what we were looking for. Unlike Sam, this was my first time in New York and in the US itself. I must confess I found it extremely overwhelming at first. New York was way more than I have ever imagined and my usual trip planning and excitement that has always helped me with travelling wasn’t enough to mentally prepare me for the charm (and the size) of this glorious city.
Despite a big list of things to see and do in New York under my arm, and endless recommendations of places to eat and drink in the city, I was sincerely caught off guard. With an 8-day holiday ahead of us, prioritisation seemed to be knocked over by complete admiration. Although I was dying to visit all the iconic sights, I knew for sure I had to start my first day in New York with a dish full of pancakes in front of me. See, whenever I think of the US, the images of fluffy pancakes covered in maple syrup and a freshly baked apple pie on a windowsill come to my mind.
After a bit of online research of the best places to eat pancakes in New York, we quickly decided to try Bubby’s and we completely fell in love with it.
Bubby’s is known for its authentic American cuisine (and the most amazing pancakes I have tried in my life). Either at its original location in Tribeca, or the new addition in NY’s Meatpacking District just next to the High Line which we visited, Bubby’s is proud to be much more than just the “Burgers and Pie” people associate America with, as they say. Despite the place being often jam-packed, we were quickly seated after waiting for just a couple of minutes at the bar. I was excited to see they had maple syrup on every table!
Traditional American food with a modern touch
Their extensive menu is full of choices that take you back to the origins of American dishes. With a bit of a modern twist, they mix Latin American, Asian and traditional national flavours with fresh and healthy juices. After scanning their breakfast menu, I opted for the incredibly delicious Banana Nut Pancakes with caramelised banana and toasted walnuts and an Immune Booster juice on the side. Sam, on the other hand, chose something more traditional: the Blueberry Pancakes with equally tasty blueberry sauce and a freshly squeezed orange juice.
They were incredibly tasty and even better than I imagined! Fluffy, sweet and extremely big! I was actually surprised to see how big the portions were. After all, US portions sizes are known to be much bigger than the ones we tourists are use to. Unfortunately, neither Sam nor I could finish them.
A plus that is worth mentioning: If you want to recreate Bubby’s fluffy pancakes, you can purchase the Bubby’s Pancake Mix either in the café or at their online store. I would give it a go if I were you.
Beyond lovely staff
The staff at Bubby’s were impeccable. Not only did they quickly assigned us table in the already busy café, but they were helpful with any queries we had about the food. We didn’t have to wait long for our food to be served either and you could really see they were making the place even more hospitable with their kindness and vibrant energy.
Our verdict of bubby’s
Bubby’s is definitely a place I would love to come back to when in New York. We couldn’t have picked a better place for my first ever pancakes in the US. Their astounding service, genuine American food and vibrant atmosphere made it the unforgettable All-American experience we were looking for. If you have a sweet tooth and are looking for an authentic American breakfast in New York, make sure you add Bubby’s to your list.
We give it an 8/10.
Have you ever been to Bubby’s? What other places would you recommend for a traditional American breakfast in New York? We’d love to hear your thoughts and recommendations, so please leave a comment below!
- Bubby’s Tribeca | 120 Hudson Street NY, NY 10013, US
- Bubby’s Highline | 73 Gansevoort Street NY, NY 10014, US
- Telephone: +1 212 219 0666
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