There are plenty of crêperies and cafes right in our backyard. You’ll find the standards — a savory jambon et fromage (ham and cheese) crêpe or a sweet Nutella crêpe — as well as unique combinations that bring other flavors into the fold of the delicate French pancake. In honor of Bastille Day, July 14, writer Shelley Gazes headed out to find seven picks to satisfy your crêpe craving. Beret not required.
Here’s her story:
La Créperie Café, Port Chester
In a cozy space shared with Albert Florist, this family-owned cafe has been serving traditional and eclectic crêpes for more than three years. The twist here: Every several weeks, specials combine the French classic with flavors from countries such as Colombia, Spain, Peru, or, most recently, Argentina. More of a traditionalist? From the standard menu, you can start with a savory option with a filling of ham, cheese, mozzarella, roasted peppers and fresh tomato; or a fresh pear, goat cheese, walnut and honey crêpe; follow that with a sweet ricotta, berry, vanilla sauce and fresh mint crêpe or a choice with peaches and caramel sauce. Sweet choices are served in a wheat crêpe and range from $3.50-$10; savories come in a buckwheat crêpe and range from $7-$11. Organic and gluten-free crêpe options are also available. And if you’d like to host your own party with crêpes, La Créperie offers catering services (for up to around 150 people).
Details: 604 N. Main St., Port Chester. 914-934-0026, lacreperiecafeny.com.
Rue de Crêpes, Harrison
When Rue des Crêpes opened six years ago, it was the first crêpe restaurant in the area, and with a large dining room and walls adorned with trompe l’oeil French scenes, it sets the tone for a more formal crêpe experience. The restaurant stands out for its variety — there are 18 savory crêpes (all prepared with buckwheat flour) and 12 sweet. Highlights include chicken and roasted veggie crêpe and the black and blue seared tuna crêpe, and sweets like sautéed plantain and dulce de leche. (If you’re feeling really decadent you can try the savory smoked salmon and caviar crêpe.) Prices range from $10-$15 for the savory choices and $6-$9 for the sweets. On weekends between 11 a.m.-4 p.m. savory crêpes are available only from the prix-fixe brunch menu.
Details: 261 Halstead Ave., Harrison. 914-315-1631, ruedescrepes.com
This block of Main Street in Mount Kisco might easily be renamed Little Main Street. There are three little places, all owned by Bonnie Saran: Little Kabab Station, Little Spice Bazaar, and the latest addition, Little Crêpe Street.The menu here spans the globe with flavors, ranging from a basic ham, Swiss and egg crêpe to a Tex Mex chicken crêpe to a Middle Eastern crêpe (with hummus, arugula, cucumber, tomatoes, green olives, onions, radish and feta). And, in a nod to its next door neighbor Little Kabab Station, there’s a chicken tikka masala crêpe. “We just had to!” says the description on the menu. The crêpes here are large, so share a savory crêpe if you want to save room for dessert. For an original spin on the sweet crêpe, there’s crêpe pasta, a crêpe sliced into thick pasta-like strips and mixed with caramelized apples and cinnamon. It’s like eating the criss-cross top of an apple pie! Savories range from $8-$10 and you can choose from original, buckwheat, gluten-free rice and lentil, or gluten-free lentil. Sweet crêpes are $5-$8.50.
Details: 29 East Main St., Mount Kisco. 914-242-0200. www.littlecrepestreet.com
Grenadine French Crêperie, Dobbs Ferry
The crêpes here are so delicate that they’re almost transparent. Owners Fred Cottineau and Alex Orlowski, French natives who have lived in Dobbs Ferry for 10 years, began selling their crêpes at a stand at the Hastings Farmers Market in 2011. Fueled by the popularity of the stand, the pair opened this simple space — with black and white floors, red accents and white walls — on Cedar Street in February. True to farmers-market roots, many of the ingredients here are from local sources. The menu includes seven savory and seven sweet crêpes, all with traditional French combinations, and weekly specials with unique flavors. Savory highlights include the Poulet (chicken sausage, fresh spinach and crème fraiche) and the Salmon Fume (smoked salmon, dill, crème fraiche and lemon); sweet highlights include the irresistible Nutella (on the right day, you may just get a Nutella shape drawn on the outside of your crêpe) or the Confiture (filled with homemade jams). Savories are $7 or $8; sweets range from $5.50-$7. Pair your crêpe with one of Grenadine’s fresh fruit juice combinations (all available for $4.50). Cottineau and Orlowski still operate their stand at the markets in Hastings on Saturdays and Irvington on Wednesdays.
Details: 3 Cedar St., Dobbs Ferry. 914-341-2242. www.grenadinecreperie.com
Yogurt Le Crêpe, Tarrytown
Kick back at an outdoor table or relax within the cheery green and white interior to enjoy one of the reliable savory or sweet crêpe options at this year-old spot. Ask about seasonal and specialty savory crêpe choices, or choose from one of the seven standards, including prosciutto, mozzarella and balsamic dressing or the refreshingly light spring mix (containing dried cranberries, walnuts, Gorgonzola and sliced pears with a lemon balsamic dressing). For dessert choose from 11 options, including the sliced banana with honey and cinnamon crêpe or the seasonal healthy choice dessert crêpe. True to its name, Yogurt Le Crêpe also boasts a selection of frozen yogurts (flavors rotate weekly) and variety of tempting toppings to choose from. It’s a great way to cool down on a hot July night. Crêpes range from $5-$10; all savories come with a side of mixed greens.
Details: 61 North Broadway, Tarrytown. 914-372-7037, yogurtlecrepe.com.
Patisserie Didier Dumas, Nyack
Delectable pastries and cakes aside (but be warned: they’re plentiful and difficult to ignore), if you dine at Patisserie Didier Dumas, crêpes are what you order. At this cozy French café in Nyack, grab one of the little marble tables inside or relax on the outdoor patio. Savory crêpes are served with a side of lightly dressed mixed greens and come in basic French flavors like raclette, prosciutto, gherkin, and crème fraiche; the sunnyside up, which is a crêpe with bacon and spinach with the egg perched atop; or the vegetarian option with spinach, goat cheese and béchamel. All savories are $8.75. On the sweet side, ranging from $3-$7, enjoy the likes of honey lemon or caramel apple. All crêpes, savory and sweet, are served as a rectangle rather than the traditional triangle; this allows you to cut it in half and eat the crêpe like a sandwich.
Details: 163 Main St., Nyack. 845-353-2031, www.didierdumas.com
Auray Gourmet, Larchmont
If French expats love it, you know Auray Gourmet, open since 2008, has to have great crêpes. Auray is also a formidable cheese shop, and some of those are included within the savory crêpes. For great crêpe-cheese combinations, try brie and herb; an Italian crêpe, which has fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and basil; or the Montagnlo with cambonzolo (a blue brie cheese imported from Germany), sliced apples and a drizzled balsamic glaze. On a scorching day, a refreshing sweet option is the fresh fruit crêpe, which provides seasonal fruit within a crêpe topped with whipped cream, fresh yogurt and powdered sugar. All crêpes are served until 5:30 p.m. Prices range from $5.50 for a basic sugar crêpe up to $14.50 for a salmon crêpe.
Details: 144 Larchmont Ave., Larchmont. 914-833-2274, auraygourmet.com.