Vive La Crepe (114 University Pl, (Between 12th and 13th St)
New York, New York 10003)
I actually ate here on July 9. My blog posts got backlogged and I saved this to write about in the future… And now it’s the future! But as a result, I don’t remember exactly how the crepes tasted… Should have taken notes. Lesson learned. I now take notes by sending texts to myself on my cellphone.
The first time I passed by Vive La Crepe, I was with a friend walking around new Union Square. I saw a crepe place and had wanted to go. However, we already ate, I think it was Max Brenner, and crepe would just be overkill to our already full stomach and nearly-empty wallets. Forgot the name of it until a friend invited me to come. It was a small reunion for the four of us who participated in the Chinatown Youth Initiatives.
Why this specific place? Because we had COUPONS from Groupon. $13 for a savory crepe and a sweet crepe with up to four toppings. Great deal. With two coupons for 4 crepes, we got the prosciutto with raclette cheese and sliced potatoes crepe and smoked salmon with cream cheese, spinach and capers. We also got the dulce de leche with walnuts, banana, blackberry and mixed berries crepe and noir (dark chocolate) with walnuts, banana, strawberry, and mixed berries crepe. We would have selected ice cream as a topping, which was included on the menu, but they said they had none! Of course we were fuming about this.
Total: $9.50 + $9.50 + $11.50 + $12 = $42.50
With Coupons: $13 x 2 = $26
Per person: $26 / 4 = $6.50
What a steal. How do they make money with this coupon? Without the coupon, we would have just selected something simple. I usually eat sweet crepes, but the savory crepes stole the show this time.
Should have seen the four of us sharing the crepes. Each with a crepe in hand and passing it around. Take a bite here and there. We’re no germaphobes. Also, a friend and I were both crazily taking picture after each bite and each ooze of cheese/syrup.
Prosciutto with Raclette Cheese and Sliced Potatoes Crepe
GOOEY. SUPER GOOEY melted cheese. The potatoes were nice and tender and tasted well with the prosciutto. I love melted cheese and it definitely satisfied my appetite for it.
Smoked Salmon with Cream Cheese, Spinach and Capers
Tasty combination. I don’t think I’ve ever had smoked salmon with cream cheese but I know it’s similar to its popular counterpart of bagels with lox and cream cheese. The picture may not seem like theres a lot inside the crepe but this is from the top portion rather than the bottom, which is where the prosciutto picture was taken, and all the toppings clump at the end.
Dulce de Leche with Walnuts, Banana, Blackberry and Mixed Berries Crepe
The first time I had a dulche de leche crepe was in Chinatown at La Senorita this summer. It was delicious even without other toppings. Crepes, you can have either simple or fancy with fruits and other toppings. I just wanted more. If you decide to come, it is completely your decision. We all decided to splurge on toppings to the max because of the up to four toppings limit in the coupon.
Noir (Dark Dhocolate) with Walnuts, Banana, Strawberry, and Mixed Berries Crepe
To be honest, I’m not a fan of dark chocolate so I don’t feel fair reviewing this with my bias. I’ll just allow you decide if you want to have it.
All in all, I would only return if I had a Groupon. In general, I feel very apprehensive buying such expensive crepes. However, the savory crepes I may return for even without a Groupon. The only crepes I’ve ever eaten were sweet ones and these were really good. Actually, I’ve had one savory crepe at the farmer’s market in Hanover, NH but the crepe was overcooked and “crispy,” which it shouldn’t be. It should be light and wrap the toppings into a cohesive tasty cluster, which I felt Vive La Crepe accomplished. Use the Groupon before it expires! What a steal.
The next post will be on my attempt at making crepes… You’ll see whether I was successful or not. Stay tuned.