Petite Café


This chic yet casual café offers a menu that is both very French and very simple: sweet and savory crepes, about the size of a slice of pizza, with fillings designed to appeal to all ages. Just celebrating two years, it is owned by Lynda Goldstein and her husband, Lucas Muehlenweg, a personal chef and a former instructor at the French Culinary Institute. Decorated with a soothing white banquette that runs the width of the space and featuring an open kitchen, the creperie is at once elegant and unfussy. “Our patrons provide the color,” says Goldstein. Indeed, along with elegant weekenders in search of a crepe fix, you’re likely to find backpackers from the Appalachian Trail here getting their canteens (and stomachs) refilled. Savory crepe offerings include Four Cheese ($9), a smooth blend of mozzarella, Gruyère, Swiss, and goat cheese with a hint of truffle oil, essentially a grilled cheese in a triangle. Smoked Salmon and Sour Cream ($12) is a clever way to enjoy this classic combo. Bacon, Egg, and Cheese in a crepe ($9) is a fun twist on the ubiquitous breakfast sandwich. Sweet crepes ($6-8) could be as sophisticated as fig butter and goat cheese or as kid-friendly as s’mores ingredients. In fact, the cafe also hosts birthday parties at which kids get to rule the kitchen and create their own crepe combos. And since crepes are the original street food of Europe, they’re also available to go in clever takeout cones. (Reheat in a preheated pan or toaster oven — never a microwave!) “We get a lot of people coming in here who have traveled through Europe and it rekindles memories for them,” says Goldstein. Fun fact: When you visit the Pawling Farmer’s Market on weekends, bring your produce here and they’ll make it into a custom crepe tout suite! If you’re all creped out, try the Belgian-style crispy French fries ($5) with a variety of dipping sauces ($2) or a spinach salad with beets and goat cheese ($11), which comes with cheesy crepe chips instead of the usual bread. Closed Tuesdays. 845-418-6959;

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