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May 29, 2013 11:09 AM

Cronuts that good???

I heard people are lining up for these at Dominique Ansel's bakery even before the store opens. I love tasty food but I'd never wait more than 10 min for anything. Anyone had a chance to try this new stuff?
I found a funny article.

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  1. Yes, they are really good for $5 per piece. Well-worth waking up at 6am and lining up before the door opens. But they are NEVER worth paying $20 per one, IMHO.

    P.S. i tried them on two separate occasions and they have changed shape slightly since day 1.

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    1. re: kosmose7

      They do look quite different, don't they?

    2. Definitely would not wait in line for this.

      ("Cronuts", by the way, is a terrible name. Makes me think of blackbird testicles.)

      1. .. just like the DKA, let the hype die, then go try.

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          1. I'm a regular customer at Dominique Ansel (I live two blocks away) and I really don't get it...

            I tried them the first day they were out, no lines, and I thought it was one of the worst inventions by Dominique Ansel.
            Over sugary, a little greasy, one bite and I had enough.

            So I was really surprised when I saw the lines a few days later...

            I still go back almost every morning for a DKA, but I wouldn't recommend anybody to wake up at 6 to get a cronut..

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            1. re: alepenazzi

              "So I was really surprised when I saw the lines a few days later..."

              A case of "the emperor's new clothes?"

                1. re: Phil Ogelos

                  I guess. Never had anything from there. Like I said upstream, I don't wait on long lines for food. Passed by the Shake Shack in MSP one day and all I smelled was grease. Guess I am not missing much.

                  1. re: ttoommyy

                    Hey dude, don't throw the baby out with the bath water. I generally don't wait on lines for food either, although I did a couple times for Shake Shack back when it was the only one.

                    Just because a lot of people follow crazes doesn't mean that the things they're waiting in line for automatically suck. I haven't had a Cronut, but Dominique Ansel makes some damn good things, so it's possible that they really are delicious. I have no intention of waiting in line for one however.

                    Shake Shack is genuinely good, no matter what you smelled.

                    1. re: Peter Cuce

                      I can get an amazing burger from the Danny Meyer enterprise by sitting at the bar at Gramercy Tavern (as we did yesterday) and eat it in comfort with a nice cocktail. That's more my speed. Time and money are limited resources and we all have to pick and choose how we spend both. Nothing about the SS interests me enough to spend either on it. But thanks for taking the time out to respond.

                      1. re: ttoommyy

                        Completely understand. But that's a whole 'nother class of item. btw, Shake Shack has a lot of branches now. You can try one, possibly without any wait at all.

                  2. re: Phil Ogelos

                    lol - you said it dr. phil!

                    like shake shack -- how long until this baker chains out his cronuts? 3..2..1...

                2. re: alepenazzi

                  The cronut doesn't sound appealing at all, just like that Paris-NY hybrid thing. Thanks for validating my suspicions.

                  1. re: Scott_C

                    The cronut is amazing but you are spot on with the Paris-NY thing. I bought it and it is utterly gross. Honestly, the much-touted cannele' were overcooked and kind of bitter tasting and the DKA was nothing to write home about. However, having said all that, I have to begrudgingly admit that the cronut is utterly amazing and well worth the wait/hype.

                    1. re: HungryNihilist

                      The canneles I've had at DA have been creamy centered and crunchy on the outside. Perhaps you had a bad batch. That being said, the canneles at Cannelle in Queens are almost as good and half the price. More problematic is how greasy and sweet their almond croissants are, the almond croissants at Cannelle are better. The Paris-NY thing looks gross.

                      1. re: Pookipichu

                        Y'know, the second I bit into that cannele I was like, "I bet this is just a bad batch." Good call.

                  2. re: alepenazzi

                    I also had been to DA way before the cronut explosion. My question is if I want something other than that do you still have to wait in line or can you walk in?