Food & Drink
FOOD: Testing Out Brooklyn’s Crepe Game at Park Slope’s Crespella
by Lea Faminiano
It’s no secret I’m a huge crepe fan, but when my mom mentioned she had heard about Crespella, I realized my crepe knowledge was restricted to Manhattan. This had to change, so at my next free moment, I hopped on the F train and made my way to Park Slope. Located literally right next to the 7 Avenue F/G stop, Crespella is small, more of a take your crepe and coffee to go kind of place, though there is some counter space with stools.
All the savory crepes automatically come gluten-free, so if you are a glutard, you got no worries here. While it is nice to get special treatment because of allergies, many places overdo it – I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been referred to as “the allergy order.” Unfortunately, the sweet crepes don’t come gluten-free (yet?), but I’m crossing my fingers – the batter for the savory crepes is made from chickpea flour, and I’m assuming chickpeas + sweets tastes weird. I went with the #11, ricotta, mushrooms, and spinach with a drizzle of olive oil, and inhaled that to the point where the workers commented that they wouldn’t have to clean the plate.
What really got me was the service – there were just two people working at 11 am on a Wednesday and it was just me and a family with a toddler and baby. The toddler was roaming around the small space freely and the crepe guy (sorry, I don’t know what else to call him!) was interacting with the kids in a really cute way. After they left, I was thinking about how thirsty I was, and the guy brought me a cup of water. How did he know?!
In comparison to Bar Suzette, my favorite crepe place in the city so far, the crepes are definitely different in terms of the actual crepe itself. Bar Suzette’s is a bit crispier and definitely larger – the crispiness probably helps to hold the crepe together, essential for a place that only serves them to-go. Crespella has the perfect portion size, with a softer, more pancake-like crepe, and I really like the presentation of the dine-in option, with the fillings also located on top of the crepe.
Both places have a creative list of flavors, some the same (you can’t not serve Nutella) and some different. I would have to say Crespella has a cozier environment, since it does have it’s own standalone space, while Bar Suzette is right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Chelsea Market, so sit-down areas are hard to come by, especially during lunchtime.
Extra points to Crespella for serving Stumptown Coffee and an additional breakfast menu, and also for having an additional location also in Park Slope. I believe that Bar Suzette’s only location is the Chelsea Market one, although I know they do many pop-up locations throughout the year (such as Madison Square Eats and the Union Square Holiday Market).
I don’t think I’ll be able to judge Crespella’s crepes until I sample a few more, which shouldn’t be too much of a burden – if you’re a crepe fanatic like me, test it out for yourself and see what you think. Until next time, I have my eye on that Crema al Limone con Lamponi (lemon curd and raspberries, if it goes gluten-free) and the Prosciutto, Roasted Asparagus, Mozzarella, and Balsamico.
321 7th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215