The Crown Maple Pancake Crawl

Is there anyone who doesn’t love pancakes? Not likely. We spent some of National Pancake month hanging out with Nathan Wooden and Scott Boggs, the guys behind boutique maple syrup company, Crown Maple. Crown Maple sources to some of our favorite New York restaurants including Per Se, Momofoku and Eleven Madison Park as well as retailers like Dean & Deluca and Murray’s Cheese.

With a background at Per Se, Nathan Wooden is the ultimate “syrup pusher” – a sommelier of all things syrup. The way the food world is going, why doesn’t it surprise us that there are now syrup sommeliers? The only thing cooler than Wooden’s job was the tailored blazer he wore on our “Pancake Crawl”, and his astounding resemblance to Adam Levine in Maroon 5. Scott Boggs is more on the farm side of the business, heading up to Duchess County every week manning Madava Farms where all the magic happens. Boggs definitely rocks the lumberjack vibe with an edge, and we took note of both their outfits (scroll to the end of our story to ‘Shop the Look’) in case you’re wondering where Boggs got his plaid shirt, or where Wooden snagged his tie. They’re kind of like the Batman and Robin of syrup (we won’t be the ones to say which one is which).

Crown Maple bottle in tow, we decided to go on a Pancake Crawl with these two, hitting up some of our favorite restaurants for pancakes. After they picked us up in the Zip Car we dubbed ‘The Pancake Mobile,’ we stormed Brooklyn with Five Leaves and Fort Defiance, and of course had our grand finale at The Breslin with April Bloomfield’s pancake creation. The syrup definitely made each dish, and we would highly recommend it as a refrigerator staple. See below for our pancake journey through Brooklyn and beyond…