Crema Restaurante
Crema Restaurante

Crema Restaurante

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cremarestaurante.com/
  • Phone: 2126914477x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 11:30pm-4:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday 12:00pm-4:00pm; Dinner: Mon-Weds 5:00pm-10:00pm,Thurs-Sat
    5:00pm-11:00pm
    Happy Hour: Monday/Friday from 5 to 7.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Julieta Ballesteros
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Pre Fixe Options available for Parties of 10 or more. Open bar available for large parties.
  • Private Party Contact: Rafael Anaya 212-691-4477 x
  • Entertainment: Upcoming Event: Wednesday, September 19th. "Latin Jazz"
    Born into a long line of artists and musicians, Layla Angulo started playing the piano at age 6, the sax at age 10 and performing Jazz Clubs during High School. Book your reservation now.
    http://www.laylaangulo.com/
  • Special Events: Upcoming Event: Wednesday, September 19th. "Latin Jazz"
    Born into a long line of artists and musicians, Layla Angulo started playing the piano at age 6, the sax at age 10 and performing Jazz Clubs during High School. Book your reservation now.
    http://www.laylaangulo.com/

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 6th Ave & 7th Ave
  • Public Transit: F and M trains to 14th street station (exit on 16th street), the #1 train to 18th street 2 blocks away - bus stop 1 block away. R train to 14th street Union Square (3 blocks away)
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking and local garages
A word from Crema Restaurante
Top-rated chef/owner Julieta Ballesteros (#1 and #2 Mexican chef in Zagats for 6 years running) invites you to enjoy her restaurant. Traditional Mexican cuisine with a formal French presentation – fusing Julieta’s Monterrey roots with her mastery of the French culinary techniques. Interior designed by internationally renowned Mexican designer Antonio Sandoal - playing with traditional Mexican colors and textures in a modern New York way. Original paintings on display by the celebrated artist and mother of the chef, del Bosque.



Come and discover a higher concept in Mexican food.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
Crema Restaurante reviews from OpenTable diners
73 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (34)fit for foodies (31)great for brunch (23)good for groups (18)special occasion (14)romantic (12)hot spot (8)vibrant bar scene (7)great for lunch (7)late-night find (4)notable wine list (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Good Selection
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Food and price were very good. Waitress was not very responsive to our inquiries. Happy hour prices for drinks limited to bar. Bartender was great when we choose to have our drinks at 1/2 price at the Bar rather than full price at the table. I'll go again but only to sit at bar or lounge area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good local Mexican fare
    billlVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    lovely room. food very well presented, but not as great as hoped. fish tacos just OK, same with Chile relleno. good tres leches cake
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Mexican in the city
    JasonVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Everything we come here we are impressed by the taste and presentation of the food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Worth the Walk to 6th Ave...
    TheThirdandOnlyVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I didn't really love it. The food was just fine, sort of pedestrian. Basic items did the job but attempts at elevated dishes fell flat. The scallop entree was inconsistent in flavor and execution and the seafood tasted a bit metallic like it'd been frozen and thawed instead cooked fresh. Cocktails were decent but pricey for the environment an the service overall was a bit amateurish. I was here for dinner with friends so we still had a great time but I probably wouldn't return for another helping of Crema.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesomeness
    Valerie
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    So good! Great flavors! Great service! Can't wait to visit again!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Margaritas and that's it!
    Hi2food
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food was subpar and in all honesty overpriced. I've had better food at a corner taco store. I would come back to this restaurant just for the service and margaritas. The waiter was extremely attending and accommodating. The margaritas are the smoothest ones I've had and I fell in love with them!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • restaurant week find
    opentable1stimer
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Went with my cousin for restaurant week and the food was pretty good. We weren't able to finish everything because it was filling, but it was a pleasant atmosphere and we had a good time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FoodLover27VIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The black bean tortitas appetizer and pork belly tacos dish were especially delicious. The avocado cheesecake was a bit too rich for me, but I am always excited to try a one of a kind dish. The service was also impeccable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    M242
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    I appreciated the fact they had a good vegetarian selection. The enchilada de papa was terrific and the margarita clasica was well made even though we got it during a happy hour special. (I have found some restaurants give a watered down version for specials. La Crema's was not.) Service and presentation were notable and appreciated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never disappoints
    Themicruz
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The food is always good, especially the chilaquilas! We we're sat down at the time of our reservation which is rare in nyc. The service was good but I've had better here before.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bottomless Brunch
    BarryBVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Get the unlimited mimosa brunch, includes your entree and unlimited mimosas. The service might seem slow at first, but they quickly catch on to your drinking pace.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wonderful soup
    textextex
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Started with spicy squash soup. Some the best ever. Scoop of salsa was great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Went for Brunch
    AndSom
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    For 1 hour, the deal is $23.95 for unlimited mimosas and a choice of entree from a select menu. Good deal, they were on generous with refills. They walked around with a pitcher and topped you off - they didn't take the glass and make you wait in limbo wondering if you'll get your glass back. It was a little hot in the restaurant on the day we went, which made it slightly uncomfortable because my date and I were literally sticking to the leather seats, but the food and drinks were fine. Don't let that alter your decision really.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Crema
    kitchen21
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Very friendly and accommodating staff. We made an early reservation and were given the choice to choose a table since the one they gave us was in a rather dark spot. The food was excellent. We tried the flautas and the duck, both outstanding in flavor and presentation. Arrive early if you want to beat the noise. After 7:00 it gets to be way too high.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Relaxing
    Newtonyc
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Great brunch menu with unlimited mimosas for an hour. They literally cut you off right at the 60 minute mark. Mimosas were a bit weak but still did the trick.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced
    NickVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Over priced for offerings. Weak margaritas. Small portions for price.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Things go awry when the chef's away
    NYCGourmandVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Look, the food here is really unique and authentic Mexican thanks to Julieta Ballesteros' wonderful menu. But when she's not in the kitchen things slip up badly. The scallop dish was just off; the scallops were undercooked and worse, had the iodine aftertaste of being old. We should have returned the dish instead of soldiering through it. The seafood empanadas were delicious but small for $28 and ditto for the norteno, a fundido appetizer with chorizo, delicious but in a small little serving skillet. The same menu item used to be twice the size at the same price. What happened? It also didn't help matters that Crema tried to sneak in an extra drink order and "forgot" a side dish. Just too many mistakes when the boss is away.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious Brunch
    lrose
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    My friends and I came for brunch this weekend and had a fabulous time! The staff was extremely friendly and attentive and the food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, fast refills!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Easy to make a reservation, great food and unlimited mimosas!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best service in the business
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I have been to Crema twice for brunch and it is the best experience I have had in New York. Ricardo is the most fantastic server: incredibly attentive and kind. The food is fantastic and the mimosas even better!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Great and Inventive
    JimAndBobVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Executive Chef Julieta Ballesteros is probably the most inventive and creative Mexican chef in New York. There is no menu that comes close to what she offers at Crema. We come back often and enjoy whatever we order every time. The place can be loud during happy hours, but there are plenty of times when it is quiet and relaxed, with a warm staff to keep you feeling taken care of.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special milestone birthday...
    Blin38
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    My guest and I had celebrated his birthday here three years ago and it was such a wonderful evening that he wanted to return for a milestone event. Crema NEVER disappoints. I saw that there was a soft shell crab entrée and knew that it was truly meant to be - one of his favorites. The Ceviche and Pastel Azteca were the appetizers and I thoroughly enjoyed the scrumptious glazed Peking duck breast. Churros for desert. If I lived in this neighborhood I would eat here once a week. Outstanding!!! guacamole to die for. Service attentive!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Where can I get good Mexican
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Service was distracted by his iPhone. Food was undercooked and under par.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Have a margarita!
    DonnajoeVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    A real find good food excellent drinks....you must try a ginger margarita and mango mojito absolutely delicious! Roberto was a wonderful server made you feel right at home. He had a great disposition! I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Don't be mild
    DMF1902VIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Food was excellent. Salad mixta was good size to share. Queso Flameado with chorizo: good but chorizo too much like a meatball. Taco's good, not great. Quesadilla excellent. Our server steered us to mild sauce; big mistake. After taking our order, waitress forgot we exist. Thank heaven we had a great busboy!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant Find
    BeinsteinVIP
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Discovered this place when looking for last minute reservations for Cinco de Mayo Great service Great food Great Drinks Will be back!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time but will go back...often
    BarbaraVIP
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Food was excellent and the service was great. Ask for Ricardo! His smile lights up your table. Their specials are noted on the menu- order them. I had a delicious duck dish. Everyone in my party were pleased.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 46 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 719 reviews are from the Crema Restaurante reviews archive.
  • Surprisingly new mexican food
    NYwildcritterVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Great presentation, and very accomodating to a group and late arrivals. Small outdoor dining table. $15.95 brunch well worth it. A must try.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Muchas Gracias.
    teresa
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Ricardo was our server, and he was Amazing! he made the whole experience Fantastic! We even hugged him adios! The food was great, yet the mimosa were even better!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Brunch Can Cause Issues
    NomNom
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Known for such a great bottomless brunch, it can definitely get packed quickly. However because of all the busyness, I felt like the host was not very cordial to me while I waited for my friends. He was a little harsh when asking whether or not that everyone in my party was actually coming as if I was kidding. Mind you we were only three. While most people go for the unlimited mimosa brunch, I went for the Bloody Mary one and was overcharged not once but twice. After it was corrected the first time, I still saw that I was charged extra for the coffee, which the menu stated was actually included. But since I had to go, I just paid the extra charge. BUT the food is amazing. My only tip is to make sure to check your bill twice before paying.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great service
    MKCKFOODIES
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    This is our go-to place for brunch on Sundays. The food is upscale, the staff is friendly and attentive and the mimosas are delicious and plentiful.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This was my first time here
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    This was my first time here and I was pleasantly surprised. The place was small and intimate and the staff were very nice, generous and helpful (as it was my first time there, my waiter assisted in choosing my meal and he was on the money!). On Sunday the mimosa's were unlimited. My glass was never empty! After we ate, my friend and I stayed to catch up, but we were nicely asked to wrap up our conversation as there were people waiting to be seated. It was not crowded, in my opinion, and there were several open tables to be used (guess there could have been reservations, who knows!). Other than that, I had a great experience there. I'd recommended it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brunch Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    I've been to crema now two times, and I'm continually impressed by their brunch. The service could be better in terms of frequency and attentiveness, but otherwise I love this restaurant for a very affordable and fun brunch deal. I highly recommend the mole burrito.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner for party of 5
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Typically eat here 2-3 times per month. Friends visited and decided to take them here. Food, as always , was terrific and the host/manager was very accommodating to our changing schedule. The wait staff continues to improve, some continue to operate in the weeds, while others are on top of their game - when cocktails glasses are empty, offer a refresher round - don't wait until half of the table guests are within bites of finishing their main course... This is a missed revenue opportunity. The team will improve - and the food always brings us back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Extensive menu of creative
    frequentdinerVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Extensive menu of creative Mexican dishes. Terrific margaritas. Excellent service, explanations and suggestions.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mole Heaven
    CuteCounselorVIP
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    Every time we dine at Crema Restaurante, we are reminded why we love it so much. The Mole Duck is a MUST have. And everything else we order goes back as a clean plate (the chicken budin- yum!) Too boot, the service is always wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    CharlesVIP
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    We went to this restaurant with high expectations, but were severely disappointed. The service was fast, but I wish they had taken more time to make the food taste OK. Should have expected"Crema" to put cream in everything, but was still surprised to find the salsa smooth and creamy and, to our taste, not flavorful or spicy at all. We asked for and got some pico de gallo instead and that was OK, but not great. We both ordered tacos- one had fish, one steak. The steak tacos came with basically nothing on them and were essentially pieces of (again unflavored) steak and beans in a tortilla. The fish tacos had way too much mayo (!?) on them. Neither of us wanted to finish our (half-sized) portions. Awful experience overall, would not recommend.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome Brunch Mimosa Deal
    ProfessorFoodie
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Great brunch menu, and the mimosa deal is fantastic. Food is very unique and delicious. I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week Find
    Satisfied
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Trying different restaurants over Restaurant Week, booked a table here based on the menu. Tortilla soup! It was excellent. A very charming restaurant, good service, positive vibe. The chile relleno is more like a croquette, the chef is inventive. Will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice place, but...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    I met an old friend for lunch at Crema. The ambience was lovely. The service was good. Two drawbacks for me were that there were not as many vegetarian entree choices as I thought there would be, and that when I asked the server whether a particular dish was spicy, he said "No." Unfortunately, our dish was very spicy. My friend lives in California, eats Mexican food regularly, and found it too spicy. Granted, the server might not have considered it spicy for his palate. Still, the overall experience was favorable because our server was nice, the restaurant did not rush us out, and the salad was good. If you like spicy food and are not constrained by your entree selection, you'll probably enjoy this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.