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
Sorry to all for a confusing post.( I, wewwew, am the unimproved but now postable wew)
The Arlette, DMali named it correctly, is the cinnamon puff pastry - the second very good item.
She also asks
" Not sure what strawberry dessert you are talking about. (Strawberries aren't in season, and this place is pretty strict on being seasonal.) I think you mean the raspberry charlotte?"
After returning when my sugar high was lower, I saw yes it was the locavore raspberry which I had - more in season (somewhere) than strawberries this mild Feb.
I had the Kouign Amman only once and though crispy and buttery, it was too thin and had not the soft consistence in the center if compared with Laduree's. And how much are they? 5.25$? I have to admire Ansel that he can get away with it, earning 5.05$ with each... The canelé was not crispy outside and therefore also better to avoid. The almond croissant was the best choice and also offered the best value for money.
I live by Dominique Ansel and have gone almost every Saturday for my (now customary) brunch. I agree, the Kouign Amann are amazing - I've heard that the chef makes them personally everyday, so they are consistently good.
I think the flat elephant ear-shaped cinnamon item is the Arlette. They taste a bit like a cinnamon roll mixed with a palmier. I've seen them small and dense, but the ones here are large and thin and to die for.
You should also try their canele. Its like a creme brûlée cookie - caramelized and crunchy on the outside, and custardy on the inside. It's on a whole new level than Balthazar's, which is spongy and plastic-tasting.
Not sure what strawberry dessert you are talking about. (Strawberries aren't in season, and this place is pretty strict on being seasonal.) I think you mean the raspberry charlotte?
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.