Williamsburg residents no longer have to trek out of the neighborhood in search of a creperie. Maison des Crepes (287 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn; 718-486-5150) has filled the void for European-style sweet and savory treats. The Parisian-inspired eatery, tea house, and juicery offers a range of healthful fare and self-indulgent snacks.
Opened for almost a month, the restaurant is the brainchild of two Brooklyn-bred childhood friends, Ehab Zahriyeh and Jack Yehya. Yehya was previously involved with Cobble Creperie in Cobble Hill.
After searching across the borough for a location, Zahriyeh and Yehya stumbled across this address, a falafel, shawarma, and juice shop that had been in business for about four or five months (before that, it was home to a New York Muffin for approximately five years). The owners were looking for someone to take over the lease; Zahriyeh and Yehya were smitten with the small space. “We fell in love with the place,” says Zahriyeh. “We saw a lot of potential. We both love eating in Williamsburg. So we thought it was odd that there wasn’t already a creperie here.”
The pair offer a selection of savory buckwheat galette and sweet crepes. The savory lean healthy with a large array of veggie-focused fillings, many of which are organic. The avocat ($8) is piled high with avocado, tomato, sauteed onion, mozzarella, and balsamic vinaigrette. The goat cheese omelette ($7.50) contains egg, goat cheese, roasted peppers, and mushrooms. It’s not all vegetarian, however; meatier options are available, such as the egg jambon ($8), with egg, turkey ham, gruyere, spinach, and mushrooms. Each comes with a side salad and a cold-brewed iced tea.
Sweet treats here stay true to what dessert should be. Maison offers authentic French sweet crepes (such as the ubiquitous Nutella banana or strawberry for $6), but it also features more inventive options. Ms. American Pie ($8) features apple pie filling, graham cracker crumbles, and cinnamon. The Almond Joy ($8) mimics the candy, with coconut, almonds, and chocolate ganache.
There are also waffles, which Zahriyeh says are his favorite. “I just really love waffles,” he says. “They’re not Belgian-style; it’s a thinner style. It actually took us a really long time to find the right recipe.”
In the same vein as the crepes, Zahriyeh and Yehya have created sweet and savory wafflettes served in sandwich form. The vanilla cream ($7) is mixed with fresh blueberries and strawberries. The egg ‘n’ cheese ($7.50) combines egg with oregano, Swiss cheese, and onions. Chicken ‘n’ waffles ($8) incorporates grilled chicken and maple syrup for a salubrious take on the classic. “We’re evolving to be socially conscious,” says Zahriyeh. “Next week, we’ll be using all-natural cage-free chicken and organic sausage. Our ice cream is already organic, and we do offer gluten-free cookies, but we’re trying to create a gluten-free version of our savory crepes. We generally don’t eat junk food ourselves, which is why the chicken is grilled instead of fried.”
As for beverages, the creperie serves a selection of fresh-squeezed juices and smoothies, ranging from the $5 Carrot Top (with carrots, green apple, and ginger) to the $7 Le’ Burg (blueberry, strawberry, banana, soymilk, and a protein scoop). Coffee comes from local roastery Brewklyn Grind, and tea is sourced from specialty company the Art of Tea. The tea ($2.75 to $3) is a big draw; the selections cross the flavor spectrum with options, such as Amore (white tea, rose petals, mint, lavender), Egyptian chamomile, and Tali’s Masala Chai (a spicy blend of black tea, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger). Three rotating cold-brews are made daily and are included in the price of any crepe.
Delivery and online ordering should be available in the coming weeks.