The word “crepe” always transports me to the streets of Paris during my junior year of college. It was Spring Break during my semester abroad in Rome and I was visiting my friend Ben. I could have had a warm, paper-thin crepe, covered with nutella, daily. An impromptu lunch with my boss at Bar Suzette in Chelsea Market made me smile with nostalgia. Two men behind the crepe griddles and one behind the counter made for about a ten to fifteen minute wait during prime lunch time. After convincing myself that a savory crepe was the healthier option, I ordered the Truffled Hummus with fresh veggies and an addition of brie cheese. I watched in awe as they generously piled on the scoops of clack truffle chickpea hummus, truffle oil, thick slices of brie and handfuls of colorful, shredded veggies, folded it into a triangle and served it in a cute, to-go sleeve. The large, herb-flavored golden crepe, itself, was a bit thicker than I would have preferred and though it started off crunchy, it became a bit mushy as I got to the half-way mark. The chunks of brie were a bit too much with the overly salty truffled hummus. Just a tiny bit of brie would have gone a long way in this. I guess one of the guys was right to be skeptical when I requested the addition. Perhaps he should have warmed me that the saltiness from the brie would be an overkill with the hummus. The best bites were the one with a lot of crunchy, fresh veggies, a thin layer of smooth hummus and a small piece of brie. Eventually, I opened up the rather pricey triangle and created these bites myself, resulting in some leftover cheese and hummus. I am curious to try their sweet crepes. Maybe they will come closer in comparison with the Parisian creations I so fondly remember.
Recap: accommodating service, lots of options, freshly prepared in front of you, vegetarian and vegan friendly, cash only
Food Tally: Truffled Humms Crepe, $9
Address: 425 West 15th Street, in Chelsea Market, NYC; www.barsuzette.com