There’s actually a crooked tree outside the Crooked Tree on St. Mark’s Place. I wonder which came first, but I always forget to ask.
I keep coming back here for the atmosphere and the food. It’s been around since the ’90s and while many of its neighbors on St. Mark’s Place were happy to leave memories of a grungier, more low-key East Village in the past, the dim lighting, leather seats and exposed wood beams at this spot carry on the memory of the neighborhood’s less-pretentious recent past.
I almost always order the Crooked Special (chicken cutlet, prosciutto, sautéed spinach, mozzarella, mayo) but the spot is known for its crepes. The menu features both savory and sweet options, like goat cheese, spinach and mushroom, or Belgian chocolate, Dulce De Leche and S’mores. If you like to keep things simple, try the sugar, butter and lemon crepe.