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by Melissa Ruttanai (subscribe)
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Published July 21st 2011
Creperie on the Lower East Side, NYC

The yellow awning at Le Creperie is like a beacon, calling to locals to get their sweet and savory French fixes. Recently, Food Network's Bobby Flay came here for a Crepe Throwdown against owner Hava Spievak and she put him in his place, fast.

Called a "tiny gourmet heaven", the Creperie is a narrow nook, with only one or two works to pour, smooth, and fill its delicate pancakes. Two locations dot Manhattan on the Lower East Side and in the West Village. Open for breakfast, the restaurant sees much of its action at night, when the young, bar-hopping crowd mosey in for a late night snack.

A local favorite, the Creperie has fresh ingredients and a fun menu to satisfy that sweet or savory tooth. During the day, locals pop in for a quick snack, maybe a brie and basil crepe with fresh tomato or a prosciutto and mozzarella crepe. Hearty vegetarian options are available and delivery is free within 10 blocks.

Breakfast choices start at $5 for pressed toast or crepe with coffee. Toppings include eggs, cheese, ham, bacon, tomatoes, and onions. If a full meal doesn't entice you, try a smoothie of mango and strawberry or raspberry banana. Lunch specials are a good city deal for $7 that offers up a sweet or savory crepe with your choice of two toppings and side. Sandwiches and soda are also made to order.

After dark, bar hoppers line up for a sweet treat nightcap. Popular choices include Nutella with bananas, the Smores crepe, and the "Famous Crepe" with strawberries, Nutella, ice cream and whipped cream. Lines snake out the door and into the pre-dawn hours. But the Creperie stays open until 3am most nights, 4am on the weekends. They also cater, offering fresh made-to-order French pancakes on location.

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Why? Sweet and Savory Never Tasted So Good
When: Everyday until Late
Where: 135 Ludlow Street, New York, New York 10002
Cost: Moderate
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