FINANCIAL DISTRICT — Everything tastes good when wrapped in a crepe — even raw tuna, the owners of a new Financial District creperie say.
Tous Crepes, which opened this week at 125 Maiden Lane, reimagines the traditional French pancakes by stuffing them with non-traditional fillings, including a sushi crepe bursting with yellowfin tuna, nori, cucumber and wasabi aoili.
"We really think anything can go inside a crepe — and we want our customers to have fast, delicious food, and maybe try something new," said Anna Demirchyan, 37, who owns Tous Crepes with her husband, Levon.
"Our name, Tous Crepes, may not be perfect French, but it means 'everything crepes,' and that's what we're going for here," she continued.
The sushi crepes feature chilled strips of crepes wrapped around fresh fish, with an eight-piece roll going for $7.95.
Demirchyan said her husband, who previously ran three creperies in Moscow, was the one who came up with the idea of putting raw fish into crepes.
"In Russia, people really do eat crepes with everything, even sardines," Demirchyan said. "So we thought, why not sushi?"
The pair also uses cooked lobster in their sushi crepe roll creations, as well as smoked lox and red and black caviar with creme fraiche.
For those who want more conventional crepes, several large hot plates are ready to cook the made-to-order savory or sweet thin pancakes.
Customers can pick their own fillings or choose from a variety of crepe creations, like the herb-and-pepper-crusted skirt steak crepes, served with a salad for $9.25, or the sweet Nutella crepes with strawberries for $6.50.
There are also crepe salads — a mix of greens, proteins and slices of hot crepes — plus chilled sweet crepe rolls, covered in chocolate and stuffed with sweet cheeses and berries.
“Our goal is to have every customer served, and happy with their food, in about 3 minutes,” said Anna Demirchyan.
Tous Crepes is the Russian couple's first creperie and espresso bar in the United States, and Demirchyan said they're not looking to expand just yet.
"We're excited to finally have this open," she said. "I think it's something fresh, something different for lunch in this neighborhood."