Dominique Ansel honed his skills as executive pastry chef at Daniel for six years before opening this American and French patisserie. Caramelized croissants, miniature pastel meringues and madeleines make up the sweet selections at the counter, in addition to Ansel's madcap creations like milk shot glasses made from chocolate-chip cookies and frozen s'mores on a stick. But the café also serves savory offerings, like avocado toast, quiche, and traditional panini.
|Venue name:||Dominique Ansel Bakery|
189 Spring St
|Cross street:||between Sullivan and Thompson Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu 8am–7pm; Fri, Sat 8am-8pm; Sun 9am–7pm|
|Transport:||Subway: C, E to Spring St|
|Price:||Average pastry: $6. AmEx, Disc, MC, V|
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Average User Rating
4.2 / 5
- 5 star:3
- 4 star:7
- 3 star:1
- 2 star:0
- 1 star:0
Because of all the hype, by 10:30 AM (maybe even earlier), Dominique Ansel is sold out of cronuts. I tried the frozen s'more and it was delicious. Like any sane New Yorker, you won't catch me waiting on a line of tourists for an hour at 7am to snag a cronut.
Ever since the cronut craze, I’ve heard people say that Dominique Ansel is overrated, but I completely disagree. I still find it to be a wonderful and trustworthy bakery to stop by on a Saturday morning. While I did buy into the frenzy and wait in line a few times for a cronut, I actually prefer a lot of their other baked goods over the cronut. The DKA (Kouign Amann) is a must-buy for anyone wanting to try one of their signature pastries. All of the pastries I’ve tried have been impeccably made and have never been overly sweet (something I detest).
I went to Dominique Ansel Bakery on a Saturday early afternoon, which maybe wasn't the best idea: The place was packed, and I waited about 20 minutes in line. But the raspberry beet tart was worth the wait. It was beautiful: covered in a hot pink gel and topped with fresh raspberries and swirls of beet. Definitely a pricier treat, since I paid $6.50 for it, but I would do it again. I've heard so much about the sage brownie, but I didn't see it! The staff wasn't the friendliest or most attentive group, but I suppose I wouldn't be either if I facing a mob like that.
The cronuts and cookie shots here are to die for! They can't be matched, and they're well worth the queue. I went on a rainy day and there was still a queue, but a lot shorter than the normal queue!