Sweet and Savory Crepes Available at Treehaus
I swore I was done reviewing Treehaus, the upscale deli that has become a go-to place for many in my office. But on my last trip there, I noticed that they were selling crepes in their cafe area. Crepes are hard to find in Midtown and I’m a big fan of thin French pancakes, so I had to check them out.
The crepe menu is small and focused on light ingredients. On the savory side, you have the turkey, cheddar, and green apple with baby arugula; the ham, swiss, and sauteed mushrooms; the spinach, ricotta, sauteed mushrooms, and tomato jam; and the honey, goat cheese, walnuts, and baby spinach. They’ve also got sweet options like the classic butter and cinnamon. It seeming appropriate for fall, I chose the turkey, cheddar, and green apple.
One of the cooler parts of ordering crepes is that you get to see them made. There are two large circular crepe pans, which get a ladle-full of batter that is then smoothed out with a wooden tool. It’s impressive to watch.
Now, when I think of crepes, I automatically think of them as light and not stuffed with too much filling. I wasn’t expecting much in the way of size, but I should have realized that I was in Midtown Manhattan, not Paris. Treehaus’ crepes are large. Not quite Chipotle burrito large, but you get the idea.
Unfortunately, this crepe fell victim to a subpar filling. The turkey, which should have been the star of the dish, tasted like it was pre-cooked, frozen turkey strips, rather than a freshly cooked bird. It wasn’t dry, it just didn’t taste too fresh. It fell below the standard I’m used to seeing from Treehaus. The pancake itself also fell a bit short. It tasted good, but was sort of gummy. Maybe it was undercooked? Is that even possible with a crepe? I don’t know.
That said, I still enjoyed my crepe. The thinly sliced green apple balanced well with the melted cheddar cheese. The baby arugula added just a bit of peppery bite. All in all, it made for a good lunch that wasn’t too filling, but didn’t leave me too hungry later in the day.
Treehaus doesn’t list a price for its crepes, a practice that Lunchers have criticized in the past. Mine rang up at $8.95, which was more than I was expecting, but still pretty fair for the ingredients (minus the sorry excuse for turkey). Still, with Treehaus’s prices, the bag of chips I bought took my lunch north of the ML limit.
When all is said and done, I’d say that Treehaus’s crepes deserve a try simple because they’re crepes and those are pretty rare to find around these parts. But considering the multitude of other options available, they’re not at the top of the list.
Treehaus, 830 3rd Ave (btw 50+51st), (212) 355-9855