Cafe Le Monique
2014 Wantagh Ave.
A French Creperie in Wantagh?
"Zoot Alors, c'est impossible," is what you're probably saying to yourself (well, if you took French in high school like I did, you are). It's true; Cafe Le Monique is a bona fide Creperie. As you step through the door, nearby Sunrise Highway is out of sight and out of mind (sit facing the kitchen just to be sure). God bless whoever came up with the idea of opening this place on Long Island.
The lunch menu lists twenty different savory crepes. The crepes have a slightly green hue, not because they're following some trendy spinach trend, but because they're made the traditional way with buckwheat flour. The lunch crepes come with a side salad and are priced from 8 to 10 dollars. My favorite so far is the Le Monique crepe filled with French ham, cheese, asparagus, and bechamel sauce (damn, now I gotta go get one).
Unfortunately, the savory crepes are for lunch only. Luckily, lunch seems to last until at least 3:30 (probably right up until dinner, but that's the latest I've been there). This is a great weekend late lunch place. Go now, because once word gets out, I can see there being a long wait on weekends.
Sweet Crepes, made without buckwheat, are available as a dessert for lunch or dinner. The dessert menu also offers chocolate souffle. The souffle takes about a half hour, since it's made to order. I would advise ordering it when you order your meal. The souffle is not cheap, weighing in at around 6 bucks, but it's enough for two to share (or better yet, share a souffle and some sweet crepes). For an extra 50 cents you can get it with vanilla ice cream. The ice cream is homemade, with a strong vanilla flavour. The texture's not perfect, but you don't expect it to be. The first few bites of the souffle gives you that hot chocolate on a cold winter day feeling. The top portion and outer layer of the souffle were perfect. It's too bad that the gooey inside was rife with undissolved sugar, which gave it a raw cake mix consistency and taste.
They have a separate dinner menu, which I haven't tried. I'm anxious to try the coq au vin. There's a few tables, so dinner is done in two seatings. I think they're at 6:30 and 8:30. Dinner entrees are in the 20 dollar range. Call ahead for dinner. Lunch seems to be first come first served.