Crema Restaurante
Crema Restaurante

Crema Restaurante

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cremarestaurante.com/
  • Phone: (212) 691-4477
  • 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.



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Crema Restaurante reviews from OpenTable diners
58 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (32)neighborhood gem (26)great for brunch (18)good for groups (15)great for lunch (12)special occasion (11)hot spot (9)vibrant bar scene (6)romantic (5)notable wine list (2)kid-friendly (2)late-night find (2)Show More
  • Average neighborhood place
    CapePrincessVIP
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Nothing special here. Decent food but not something to go out of your way for. Service is well intentioned but slow and unprofessional.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place for brunch!
    Jewels
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Super fun place for brunch. The food is delicious, staff is extremely friendly and amazing unlimited mimosas! Definitely will be back here.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • frequentdinerVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Great margaritas. Very creative menu. Terrific quesadillas and love the pato. Perfect place to eat before dance performances at the Joyce Theater.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid Mexican Fare
    AndrewVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Excellent food, fun atmosphere and vibe. Good service overall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always amazing food
    JasonVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Every time we go to Crema we have an amazing experience. Food service is always above and beyond. Best high end Mexican in the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Haute Mexican at its best
    JaxeatsVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Imaginative and delicious food becautifully presented, reminding one how very sophisticated Mexican cuisine is.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Meal was a bit overpriced for the atmosphere of the restaurant, but the food itself was delicious, and the service was great.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We were there because of the Chilaquiles and they were a complete dissapointment
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DrLeeVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    It was a bit edgy among the staff at Crema the night we were there--the place had been robbed the night before. But it was busy and high-functioning, and the food is outstanding--still retains its Mexican emphasis though quite fancied up.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Crema was not at all packed or crowded for a Sunday brunch and did not feel rushed. Instead, it offered delicious food with a Mexican variation and they were very attentive about keeping our mimosa glasses full. Well worth your money, really great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Selection
    Aggi
    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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LoveGreatFood
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Terrific fusion of food, and great ambience. Incredible friendly staff and service, makes the dining experience fun and memorable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
  • Small and very, very loud
    IlTenoreVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Perhaps it's not fair to rate based upon a Restaurant Week menu -- then again, I doubt I'd pay their high prices for the regular menu. Some dishes were nicely flavored but too many unexpected things were too sweet! At least they were well spiced to balance. My first Margarita was so delicious that I ordered a second of the same, which tasted nothing like the first one. We were there on a Friday night, and revelers were out in full force, blowing off steam from the work week. The table of women who were seated next to us were so loud that we actually asked to be moved; the greeter graciously did so. I'd read about the chef and her "mission statement" and wanted to try Crema for years. We may give it a second shot; the jury is still out.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    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
    • Ambiance
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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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 39 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 741 reviews are from the Crema Restaurante reviews archive.
  • 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
    • Service
    • 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
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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
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    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
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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
    • Service
    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate