- Delicious Food
- Outdoor Dining
Address: 52 Havemeyer St. at N. 6th St.
Nearest Subway: L to Bedford Ave. or L to Lorimer / G to Metropolitan Ave.
Hours: 12:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m., Tuesday though Friday; 11 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., Saturday and Sunday. Closed Monday.
Pates et Traditions is an authentically French creperie with a Mediterranean twist. The wait staff here is very French, so hone your French language skills and expect to hear very little English while you're on the premises. The atmosphere is friendly and the decor inside is almost comically adorable; you'll find postcards from the Rivera and hanging plants. Outside there are several tables which are fantastic on a nice evening and perfect for people watching. The restaurant is cash only, but there is an ATM inside by the restrooms.
Crepes and creamy pastas are the specialty here. If you are starving, go for the pastas, which are very good and decidedly more substantial. That said, the crepes are absolutely delicious and the smaller portion leaves room for the dessert crepes which are a must-have. The Normade crepe combines chicken and mushrooms in a delicious cream sauce. For something healthier go for the L'Oceane which is made up of smoked salmon and spinach. As for the pastas, the salmon fettuccini is very popular - but not recommended for those who aren't interested in creamy pastas.
On Friday and Saturday nights, the chef serves a special lamb cous cous. For the dessert crepes, you would be crazy not to order the banana and nutella crepe. Absolutely crazy. Nothing on this menu costs more than $13, making Pates et Traditions a very affordable option in the neighborhood.
On the weekends, brunch crepes are served along with traditional French dishes like French toast, croques monsieur and madame, and omelets.
Pates et Traditions has a nice wine list, and oftentimes will offer a bottle at a discounted price. With the bottles already ranging from $25-$35, this is an incredible deal, so go for the authentic French experience and split a bottle of wine. Pourquoi Pas?
Just across the street you'll see the wine bar Pinkerton, if you'd like to continue your evening with some wine and live jazz. Up the street on Metropolitan Avenue there are a number of bars, including the rowdier Commodore, or the Knitting Factory, which is also a concert venue. If you are still hungry, travel down Havemeyer for a slice at Best Pizza.