[ Pastry Shop / Cafe ]Dominique Ansel Bakery
189 Spring Street
New York, NY 10012
FOOD: 5 - World-class innovative pastries
INTERIOR: 5 - Modern pristine decor
VALUE: 5 - What is the value of perfection? Priceless
ENGAGEMENT: 5 - Courteous and well-mannered professionals
SCORE: 20 - Mastery of his craft at the pinnacle of success
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This levain alchemist can turn ordinary flour into treasured medallions. Starting with the legendary Cronut, a croissant and donut hybrid, that has garnered a devoted following and created lines out the door and around the corner.
The Cronut is a flaky fried pastry, that is separated in buttery layers. It's finished with a cream filling, then rolled in sugar, and glazed with the flavor of the month. Having the Valrhona Chocolate Champagne Cronut, I was astonished by how well the symphony of flavors harmonized together. Perfectly balanced with a hint of savory and a mild taste of sweetness, this seasoning doesn't overwhelm the richness of the Chocolate. It's a brilliantly conceived and well crafted piece of pâtisserie.
My favorite is his DKA ( Dominique's Kouign Amann). It's structurally less complex than the Cronut, but its deliciousness still rings true. A decadent smaller versions of the traditional Breton pastry, it echoes the flavors of a caramelized croissant. The Madeleines are small shell-like shaped cakes with a spritz of lemon flavor.
This wizard of SOHO constantly creates new innovative desserts. The Magic Souffle, the Cookie Shot, and the Plum Nest Honey Kataifi Tart are among his most popular ones. This bakery is definitely a destination stop for visitors and locals alike.
Born in the northern city of Beauvais in France, chef Dominique Ansel learned to bake in small pastry shops in town. Later, he would further hone his culinary skills working at the gourmet bakeries of Fauchon in Paris. After seven years, this led him to become the executive pastry chef at the renown restaurant Daniel. When you have food franchises copying your creations, you're probably be doing something right.
Hint: The 6:00am lines that stretch around the corner are just for the Cronut. Everything else can be purchased when the store opens at 8:00am, on the much shorter line.
PASTRY SHOPS & BAKERIES CATEGORIES: Seating Area (does have chairs and area where one can eat in); No Seating (does not have chairs and area where one can eat in); Service (does have table service) No Service (does not have table service) Ratings correspond with each type establishment. A pastry shop or cafe with table service and one without both can be rated 5 in services. Although, it does not imply their service quality are of equal standings. But, they both do signify the best in their respective categories.
RATINGS: Ratings range from 0 to 5, with 0 being the least favorite and 5 representing the most favorite. The numbers embody the reviewer’s reflection of the food (quality and taste), interior (decor and sanitary), value (worthy of the cost), and engagement (service). These four elements are tallied to produce the score, with 0 the lowest to 20 being the highest score achievable.