The French have given New York City some pretty fantastic things. For instance, they gave us the Statue of Liberty as a show of friendship and alliance following the American Revolutionary War.
They gave us champagne, which is just as spectacular as our Lady Liberty.
The French also gave the world the flat pancakes that can be smothered in anything from ham and cheese, to Nutella and strawberries, to chicken florentine.
They're the thin base that can fit a versatile palate of toppings and flavors.
We don't care if you roll them, sandwich toppings between two, or fold them; we're still obsessed with these little French pancakes.
Here are some of our favorite creperies (in no particular order) in NYC.
1. Creperie NYC (112 Macdougal Street)
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We're not afraid to say that this creperie is pretty much an NYC icon, even though it opened in 2001. Their crepes are loved by celebrities, tourists, and natives, simply because they are perfect. Owner Hava Spievak even beat Bobby Flay on Food Network's Throwdown with Bobby Flay.
With 57 different menu items, you're sure to find something you love. We're obsessed with the #56, "Reese's Explosion Crepe," with milk chocolate, peanut butter, bananas, crushed Reese's, and ice cream.
2. T-swirl Crepe (various locations)
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Who says crepes have to be French? How about a completely gluten-free crepe option from the shores of Japan? Made with 100% rice flour, this creperie is serving delicious artistic crepes with an Asian influence.
For a savory crepe on the go, try their smoked salmon crepe made with cream cheese, spinach, capers, red onions, and green beans.
For a sweet treat, try the the blueberry NY cheesecake crepe with blueberries, blueberry reduction, whipped cream cheese, custard cream, whipped yogurt, vanilla ice cream, almonds, and chocolate Pocky sticks.
3. Cafe Triskell (33-04 36th Avenue - Queens)
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If you ever have a desire for incredible French cuisine, you need to head to Astoria... we're serious. Cafe Triskell has some of the most delicious French food in NYC. We recommend heading there for brunch and ordering the French Toast (in option II).
Afterwards, order the "Lemon & Sugar Crepe with Berry Compote" or the "Pine Nut, Sliced Almond, Pecan and Honey Crepe" for dessert. Both have just the right amount of crisp to fluff ratio, with the perfect amount of sweetness to finish your meal.
4. Bonjour Crepes & Wine (various locations)
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What could be more French than crepes and wine? Uh, nothing. There's also nothing we want more right now than a glass of red and a dark chocolate, strawberry, and bacon crepe from Bonjour Crepes and Wine.
Lookin' for a savory bite? Try their red wine braised beef, arugula, apple and brie crepe. How about breakfast? Try their egg, goat cheese, and spinach omelette crepe. If you're not feelin' the crepes, try their waffles or french toast. Just remember the wine.,
5. Crepe Mix (348 6th Street- Brooklyn)
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If you're not into the wine and crepe thing (we can't be friends), then maybe bubble tea and crepes are more your thing. Check out Crepe Mix in Brooklyn for some delicious crepes and flavorful bubble tea.
We're diggin' the chicken, cheddar cheese, lettuce, and tomato crepe for a savory option. If you're more into the sweets, we love the strawberries, banana, Nutella and whipped cream crepe... we're also lovin' the $7.00 price tag. #winning.
6. The Crooked Tree (110 Saint Marks Place)
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If you find yourself roaming Saint Marks Place, you need to find this little creperie serving some seriously delicious savory and sweet crepes in an intimate setting.
We love the buckwheat crepe served with a mesclun salad, and the merguez (mutton), goat cheese, tomato, and red onion crepe for a savory option. When you're done, don't skimp out on dessert. Try the homemade dolce de leche crepe (it's only $5).
7. Eight Turn Crepe (55 Spring Street)
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These rice crepes are an incredible option for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert. Plus, their ingredients are pretty healthy, considering the typical rich connotation of crepes. Eight Turn Crepe's menu offers seasonal specialties, keeping to fresh, seasonal ingredients.
Try the "Truffled Egg White Omelet" crepe with egg whites, shiitake and white button mushrooms, spinach, cheddar cheese, and truffle oil. Then try the "Banana Nut Chocolate" with bananas, almonds, chocolate sauce, truffles, chocolate custard cream, and whipped yogurt.
8. Crepes & Delices (222 East 86th Street)
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For authentic French crepes, you need to head to the Upper East Side. Crepes & Delices use a crepe batter with organic flour, eggs, and milk. They also make their crepes to order, so you can be assured your crepe is fresh.
For a savory crepe, try the ham, egg, and gruyere cheese crepe, or the gorgonzola, pear, and creme fraiche crepe. For dessert, try the Nutella and banana crepe (a classic) or the caramelized apple and cinnamon crepe for a bit more of a nostalgic flavor.
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