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Posted by Allison on 11/16/2009
This place is great, I went last week with my boyfriend for a late dinner and the atmosphere was really great. Kind of romantic, kind of trendy, but still good for groups. The waiter was on point. He didn't rush us at all, but still brought everything out quickly. The margarita's are pricey ($12) but they are really good. They have 1/2 price drink specials from 5-7 though. We started with the combo guac/salsa appitizer. The guac was perfect but beware that their salsa is creamy, not chunky like traditional salsa. And you won't find any fajita's on this menu either! I ordered the scallops tapas place with was fantastic ($8) and my bf ordered the duck which was out of this world ($24ish). After 4 drinks and all the food the bill was only $120, which was a really good deal.
Posted by NYCfoodie on 10/25/2009
Crema is by far one of the best Mexican restaurants in NYC. Its inventive mexican cuisine with french technique has made my husband and I regulars for three years now. There are MANY other restaurants that are pricier than Crema, yet they become crowded because of the frilly menu and poser crowd. If you want excellent food and great drinks, without the poser crowd, this is your place.
Posted by What's with service on 09/29/2009
Came on a recommendation. When my husband had to walk to the bar wondering where his drink is.Not a good sign.The food was no great shakes. Sorry but will not tell my friends.
Posted by verypersonalchef on 09/11/2009
had a lovely lunch but found the prices pretty steep for what i had. the food was well seasoned and delicious though pretty "a la carte". beverages really jacked up the bill. was shocked when we had 1 order of decent (but not great or made-t0-order) guac, each had a taco entree that came with no sides, 1 margarita, 1 soda and 1 tea and the bill with tip was close to $80.
Posted by susan on 08/23/2009
We went there for restaurant week and must say I had a good meal. It seemed like a good value and might go back to try the lunch, because I could not afford the dinner without restaurant week. LOL But the service was majorly lacking. Things like flaging down service for silverware for our entree course and not being able to grab anyones attention when we wanted a second drink really ruined the eperience. At prices this high, get your service standards up Crema. Also, when our bill came we still had food and chips on the table?!
Posted by Kreiffert on 08/23/2009
My boyfriend and I ate here last night and while the food was not bad--the wait time and the prices just didn't add up. Our waiter was nice and professional but we waited for our drinks for over 10 minutes and mine was so salty it was almost undrinkable. Our first course came out at about the right time. We had the Nortana queso. It was greasy and too heavy on the cheese. There was almost no vegetables nor chorizo. At this point we then waited 40 more minutes for our main courses. My duck atop mole sauce and plantains was very good but a bit lacking in size for the 25 dollar price tag. My boyfriend's pork tacos, a mere 23 dollars were bland and nothing special. Growing up in San Antonio, Texas I know what good, authentic, and upper echelon mexican food is. Crema just did not live up to the standards. To top the night off we waited another 20 minutes for the bill. Nothing was ever said to us about the amount of time we waited. Bottom line for Crema: take 10 to 12 dollars off every meal and add some additional kitchen/wait staff and I could have given this place a good review. Do not waste your time or money.
Posted by CD on 07/26/2009
I was at Crema for the first time last week and I was lucky enough to be there during restaurant week. I can see a meal being quite pricey otherwise. The three people in my party shared the salsa (2 types) and guac app with chips. It was very pricey but enough for 5-6 people. The guac was the best I have had. Super fresh. I would pass on the salsa next visit. Both tasted like tomato soap. For my first course, I had the duck taquitos app (2 were included) and it was enough to be a meal. I brought my entree home (hanger steak) and had it the next night. It was absolutely fantastic. The dessert was not to my liking. I selected the banana bread pudding. It was a mushy mess but mushy strong like overdone oatmeal. It seemed to have coconut because there was a ton of stringy chewy pieces. It did come with cinnamon ice a cream which was fantastic but such a small amount that it cannot make up for the bad bread pudding. Our waiter was attentive and my friend said the margarita was unbelievable. I will also add that the tables were quite close together but the restaurant was pretty and small but not too loud. Lastly, the dishes themselves were structurally and visually attractive.