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Feb 27, 2012 11:33 AM

Dominique Ansel After Four Visits

Two items to the very very good and so just ok.
The Kouign Amann are small super rich croissant, sugar, and caramelized sugar disks - take small bites a little bit filled my mouth. These are on the expensive side but worth it for the enjoyment they deliver.
The second winners are the near flat ovals of puff pastry touched the cinnamon. These are near ideal for a light breakfast with a cup of coffee. (I am blanking on their name but they look like unshaped elephant ears) They have been sold out on two of my visits
To the ok’s. Croissants are decent. An apple Tartlet Tatine was full of light caramel and no apple flavor at all. A strawberry creation was decent and forgetable. A chocolate tart was better but not good enough to have again.
The two winners are worth the repeated trips. Taken together they come close to a morning bun from La Farine in Oakland, and since David Tanis wont bake a few a place them on my welcome mat, This is a good subsitute

Dominique Ansel Bakery
189 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

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  1. wew, is this the pastry you are talking about (#3 of 16)?

    I had a plain croissant last week and while it had the proper shatter effect and was very tasty, I want to say that Mille-Feuille's are a bit more buttery and flaky (which is a plus in my book).

    Perhaps better to get the more unique items at Dominique Ansel, like the Paris-New York (his version of the Paris-Brest), Gâteau Battu, and Kouign Amman.

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    1. re: kathryn

      When I first tried the croissants at Mille Feuille they were great (the plain and ham and cheese one at least, the chocolate was undercooked and soggy), but lately the quality has slipped. :(

    2. The Kouign Amann is indeed wonderful.

      1. I think the second pastry "winner" you're describing might be the palmier. I haven't gotten to try it but hope to soon! I have also really enjoyed Dominique Ansel's passionfruit chocolate cake and highly recommend it.

        1. I am glad that Dominique Ansel has (Salted Pistachio) Religieuse too, although not quite as huge as those sold at Laduree in Paris.

          1. So is the kouign amann similar to elephant's ears?

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            1. re: Miss Needle

              No, it's shaped like a small muffin. Lots of images on google if you search for "dka ansel".

              1. re: peter j

                Some kouign amann photos.
                From Laduree Paris, from a bakery in Korea, and from Dominique Ansel, respectively.

                Also watch the video of Dominique Ansel making kouign amann!

                1. re: kosmose7

                  Too bad the NYC Laduree doesn't sell the kouign amann. Almost worth taking a trip to Paris!

                  1. re: ellenost

                    Let's just hope that the second Laduree NY slated to open in SoHo this spring will have it! :)