Eight Turn Crepe of Tokyo opened its first NYC location on Spring Street at the beginning of the month, and it's a welcome addition to SoHo's growing Dessert District. (Or as local realtors call it, DeDi.) This American-Japanese fusion joint neighbors the NYC crepe franchise Vive La Crepe plus a slew of other local dessert chains. The shop offers sweet delights like crepes stuffed with traditional bananas, chocolate and nuts, but they also turn the French street food on its head, stuffing the pancake with everything from truffled mushrooms to seaweed to lox and cream cheese.
The small, seat-less creperie features a slew of crepes in the sweet, savory, and salad categories, all of which are filled-to-the-brim with both traditional fixings and more liberal-leaning ingredients, like the aptly-popular Chicken Teriyaki salad crepe ($8.75). Ingredients include fresh mixed greens, cage-free boiled eggs, a rich sesame-tofu dressing, and the titular thick and tangy soy-based teriyaki sauce, which complements the silky texture of Eight Turn's gluten-free crepe batter.
Then there's the Chocolate Nut Party ($9.50), the wildest nut party to enter my mouth since, well, anyway! It's a really good crepe, chock-full of your favorite guest nuts including almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, and pistachios, which provide a satisfying crunch amidst the creamy texture of vanilla ice cream, chocolate custard cream, and whipped yogurt. While a fork is recommended during the beginning stages of your crepe ingestion, true sugary bliss comes when the crepe is empty enough to squeeze together and hold like a sandwich (crepewich?).
Other notable items include the Seaweed Sesame crepe ($8) filled with wakame seaweed and daikon radish, the Lychee Valentine crepe ($9) with lychees and rose custard cream, and a good ole NY Blueberry Cheesecake crepe, which achieves its cheesecake-status with whipped cream cheese and custard cream, all served up in traditional Japanese-cone form, pictured above.
55 Spring Street, (212) 334-3408; eightturncrepe.com. Open Monday - Saturday 8 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Here's a look at the menu, which also features a variety of coffee drinks, teas, and shakes.