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Has anyone tried Rue des Crepes in Harrison?

marcia2 May 30, 2008 03:39 PM

I'm seeing good reviews for this new restaurant in some other places, but of course, it's always nice to know what the chowhounds think.

My husband doesn't like crepes (silly man), so I'm wondering what other types of things they have on the menu. Also, does it have the cheesey, crepey smell that Meli-Melo has? (I think Meli-Melo smells yummy, but the husband who doesn't like crepes OR melted cheese - I swear, he has redeeming virtues - doesn't like the way Meli-Melo smells.)

And how are the crepes and other things, compared to Meli-Melo?

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    Shawn RE: marcia2 May 30, 2008 04:36 PM

    I haven't eaten there yet, but walk by there all the time and have been meaning to stop in. They did a nice job fixing it up, it looks very cute. Their posted menu has, in addition to crepes, what looks like a nice selection of salads and sandwiches. The prices look reasonable and they have a decent selection of wines by the glass. Not sure about the cheesy smell inside, but the place is pretty open-air and I don't detect much melted cheesiness wafting out.

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      laylag RE: marcia2 May 30, 2008 06:43 PM

      Where is this place? Is it somewhere on Halstead?

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        Shawn RE: laylag May 31, 2008 04:08 AM

        Yes, it's on Halstead across the street from the post office. We might try it for lunch today. If so, I'll report back.

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        Shawn RE: marcia2 May 31, 2008 03:44 PM

        We went there for lunch today. From the time I walked in, I really, really wanted to love this place. It is very cute inside. The front room is a narrow strip of tables by the dessert case that is done like a French cafe. We sat in the back room, which is decorated like a street scene-- a bit overdone, but very refreshing and different for Harrison. A disclaimer here-- we did not order crepes, as we aren't big crepe people. Maybe we should have.

        Husband and I both had salads. I had the Rye House Salad that had grilled shrimp, cukes, tomatoes, onions and avocado. My husband had the grilled vegetable salad with chicken. Both salads used fresh ingredients and were fine, but there was nothing inspired about them. Better, more interesting salads can certainly be had for the price. I noticed that on weekends they have a brunch special. You can get your choice of drink (champagne, mimosa or a non-alcoholic drink), a choice of crepe, omelet or quiche that comes with a side of salad or fruit salad, depending on the dish, and coffee or tea for $15. I think that might have been a better choice. I will definitely go back and try something more traditional for a place like this before making a final judgment. The dining options in Harrison are so limited and I commend the owners for trying something out of the ordinary.

        By the way, there was no cheesey, crepey smell that I could discern.

        1. southlake RE: marcia2 Jun 1, 2008 12:32 PM

          do they 'do' dinner as well?

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            Shawn RE: southlake Jun 3, 2008 05:04 AM

            They are open for dinner, but I think the menu is the same as the rest of the day. It wouldn't really be satisfying to me as a dinner, but maybe that's just me.

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            Avalondaughter RE: marcia2 Jun 3, 2008 11:08 AM

            I ate lunch there a couple of weeks ago. Decor is cute and kitschy. Service was very friendly.

            I had a turkey, mushroom and cheese crepe. It was a crepe. It was simple and tasty, but I wasn't jumping up and down over it. My dining companions and I were all pretty pleased with our food. I'd go back there again if it weren't for the fact that 90% of their crepes contain cheese and my husband is lactose intolerant.

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              erikzen RE: marcia2 Jun 5, 2008 07:18 AM

              I live in Harrison and have peaked into Rue des Crepes a few times and thought it might be a place that I could bring my kids to (3 and 5 and picky as anything). Would you consider this a kid friendly place?

              My father comes to visit from the city every month or so and we always end up going to Wellingtons, because we know it's kid friendly. They have a couple of decent items on the menu and believe it or not my kids will eat fried calamari. It actually used to be decent but now they use some kind of giant squid, it's tough, and they don't even include tentacles! I used to eat the tentacles while my kids at the "circles".

              Can anyone recommend any other kid friendly restaurant in Harrison or nearby area? Maybe I should start another thread.

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                Dim Sum Diva RE: erikzen Jun 9, 2008 10:21 AM

                Went over the weekend. They make their own strawberry lemonade, although there was sticker shock at $4 a glass. The crepes were made using buckwheat flour. I had a turkey, spinch & mushroom crepe, I thought it was really good. Others at the table had ham & cheese (good), turkey & brie (good) and a fruit crepe with mixed fruit and guava puree filling, that was really good.

                The service was very attentive. We started with an appetizer of fries with a couple of dipping sauces, nothing special. For 4 the bill came to around $60. I would absolutely go back, and start working my way down the dessert crepe list. The crowd was 90% adult when we were there in the evening.

              2. juweee RE: marcia2 Jun 9, 2008 12:28 PM

                Do they serve breakfast/brunch?

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                  juweee RE: juweee Jun 9, 2008 12:32 PM

                  Just answered my own question: They open at 10 and yes they do brunch.

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                    Sammy Diaz RE: juweee Jun 10, 2008 01:43 PM

                    Isn't there a rue in the city? is this a franchise?

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                      squid kun RE: Sammy Diaz Jun 11, 2008 08:49 PM

                      The one in Chelsea closed; the new owner brought its cooks to Harrison ... http://www.ryerecord.com/html%20pages...

                      Rue des Crepes
                      261 Halstead Ave, Harrison, NY 10528

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                  mrgaga RE: marcia2 Jun 13, 2008 09:36 AM

                  ive been there a few times as I live across the street... I really like it! I like the chicken crepe w/ mozz and peppers, and the sundae crepe is an awesome desert...

                  downtown harrison needs more places like this!

                  by the way the french fries are also awesome

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                    nbermas RE: mrgaga Jun 13, 2008 12:34 PM

                    How are the sweet crepes?

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                      Dim Sum Diva RE: nbermas Jun 13, 2008 12:44 PM

                      I had the fruit crepe that I believe the filling was creme frese (sp?) mixed with guava nectar. The fruit on top was bananas, kiwi, strawberries and maybe something else. I liked it a lot.

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                        HungryForMore RE: Dim Sum Diva Jul 16, 2008 07:50 PM

                        I love this place. The owner has clearly put so much thought into the look and feel of it.
                        The service is one of the reasons I go back. There is a waiter there named Clay who is amazing. So easygoing, so friendly, doesn't hover, and still is so attentive. The prices are very reasonable for Harrison, and my boyfriend and I like to walk there after work.
                        I've gone on quite a few occasions. It seems as though the turkey, fontina and spinach crepe is a crowd favorite (and my current favorite), but I really love the chorizo crepe too: chorizo, black beans and plantains with a little kick to it. For dessert, it's the brie, grape, and walnut crepe, or the mixed berry crepe.
                        Haven't tried anything but the crepe, and don't really plan on trying anything else, because the crepes are perfect. I really hope this restaurant succeeds.

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                          mrgaga RE: HungryForMore Jul 17, 2008 11:38 AM

                          HungryForMore, I totally agree... I was there last night with my girlfriend (I live across the street) and just had the sundae crepe for dinner haha... I really hope this place makes it (I am worried because a lot of the time it seems empty)

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                            foodie1130 RE: mrgaga Sep 10, 2008 04:01 PM

                            I really like this place. The owner and staff are very friendly. I love the turkey and brie crepe. We've been to the brunch a few times and love it. $15 is a great price. It includes a mimosa or champagne, choose of crepe or crepe quiche or omelette, coffee/tea. I go at least once a week.

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