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Posted by Anonymous on 10/01/2006
We went to Crema on a Sunday night; the place was far from hopping. But it was still difficult to get any attention from the wait staff. Our waiter disappeared after bringing the appetizer and only showed up when it was time to collect the check. We never got to order a second round of drinks, and our water glasses were not refilled until the end of the meal. This was all the harder to understand because the wait staff was all around us -- they were chatting to the people at the table next to us, while ignoring all of the other patrons. While the food is good, it's more expensive than Mexicana Mama and the selection is more limited -- and it's comparable in quality to the Mama's. So: Crema and Mama tie for food quality, but Mama beats Crema on price, service, and selection. The only advantage that Crema has is that they take credit cards.
Posted by WG on 09/07/2006
After waiting over an hour to be seated (the restaurant handled it well by comping us a round of drinks) we finally grabbed a table in this small but hip Chelsea restaurant. The sea scallop appetizer was remarkable as well as the entree I had which consisted of some sort of fish tacos (they were a special and not on the regular menu). The star of this place are the drinks though (of which I tried 4) with the standout being a rasperry sangria that the bartender whipped up on the spot. The staff does need to work on their attitude though. After tipping $10 on 6 drinks the bartender seemed visably upset. While I am not sure what he was expecting when drinks are $12 each, but I thought it was more than fair considering they took him all of three minutes to make. Would recommend overall but prices make it no bargain.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/06/2006
Went right when it opened and the food was great. Went back and it was not as good. I guess because they're new it's inconsistent. Will give it another shot in a year.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/01/2006
Went here last night and thought the food and the drinks were amazing. It was on the pricier side for Mexican fare but overall the ambiance, drinks, and food make up for it.
Posted by Big fan on 08/29/2006
I've walked by this place almost every day without trying it until last week when I saw the board out front saying that it was voted highly in NY mag or Citysearch. Amazing is all I can say. Great atmosphere and the food was absolutely beautiful in every way especially the taste. I had a great salad to start with which had the best peanut dressing I've had in a long time. Then I had the Chicken fleutas which were so fresh and tasty I craved them the next day. A great place and I'm lucky to have it one block from home. Try it, you'll like it.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/26/2006
We tried Crema recently, after weeks of anticipation. Unfortunately, we did not like any of the 3-4 dishes we had (though the guacamole was good). Our overall impression was that the dishes were over-spiced in an attempt to be flavorful. The staff was attentive, and the ambiance was nice, but we will not be back.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/13/2006
As I'm not a food critic, this will be brief. Try this place. It will knock your socks off. The food was delicious. The service was great. Crema has redefined Mexican food for me. I would gladly go there the next time I'm in New York.