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How long is the Cronut line on weekday mornings?

arielleeve Jul 26, 2013 06:39 AM

So I don't care THAT much about the cronut trend, but I have a few days off of work coming up, around my wedding anniversary, so was contemplating heading over first thing in the morning to get a cronut and kouign amman to surprise my husband (we ate kouign amman a lot on our honeymoon in Brittany so I actually care more about that then the cronut, but figure if I'm going maybe I should go early and see if I can get both). But I'm wondering if anyone knows when I really would need to get there, and how long the wait typically is, on a Monday morning. Any thoughts?

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    avial Jul 26, 2013 12:50 PM

    got there at about 6:30am this morning and got my cronut, dkas and cannele at about 9:15am.

    Line when I got on it was wrapped around the tennis court to about the middle of the first tennis cage.

    I've had this month's cronut twice and both were oddly soggy when I had them. The first time was about 30 minutes after I got the cronuts at about 9:45am on a Saturday. The second time today, I didn't eat it until about 11:30am.

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      Phoebe Jul 26, 2013 07:32 AM

      The fact that Cronuts were just featured on Piers Morgan w/ A Boudain, M Batali, and E Ripert last night, the lines will be even longer. (If that's possible!)

      1. kosmose7 Jul 26, 2013 07:01 AM

        I tried Cronut for the fourth time about 10 days ago (this month's flavor is blackberry), and I noticed the dough has become overly chewy and tough... It used to be crispy outside, soft inside, and overall very light and flaky. I wonder what has happened?

        Any way, to answer your question, you need to get there at least by 6:20am - 6:30am to be safe. I got there at 6:20am and there were already some 100 people before me, which means about 200 Cronuts (2 for one person) and Dominique Ansel makes 300 Cronuts a day.

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        1. re: kosmose7
          arielleeve Jul 26, 2013 07:11 AM

          Omg, ugh. Alright. I'm passing on this one. I was thinking if it was, oh, say 7 or 8 AM, I could handle it. No way I'm waking up at 5 AM for this though. Hopefully the craze will eventually die down and I'll try at some later date.

          I still want the Kouign Amman, though. Anyone know if these sell out early in the day?

          1. re: arielleeve
            loratliff Jul 26, 2013 07:17 AM

            No, you can get the DKAs (his version of the Kouign Amann) at any time. I've never seen them sell out.

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              arielleeve Jul 26, 2013 07:22 AM

              Okay, good. From what I've heard, they're more impressive than the Cronut anyway. I've been meaning to try one for a long time (they were absolutely the best dessert we ate while in France and I haven't seen them sold anywhere else in NY), even before Cronuts were on the market, so then I started thinking I would kill two birds with one stone. But not if that stone requires a 6 AM subway from Brooklyn on my day off. Thanks for the advice, all!

              1. re: arielleeve
                loratliff Jul 26, 2013 10:31 AM

                Personally, I'm not that in love with the DKA. The best kouign amann I've eaten were in France and at a little patisserie in Montreal, so please report back and tell me how you think they compare.

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                  arielleeve Jul 26, 2013 01:20 PM

                  Oh, boo. I'm sure it won't live up to what I had in France. We had many, including one at a very upscale restaurant that may be one of the best things I've ever eaten. But, I can't imagine it being bad, since how can you wrong with that much butter and sugar?

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                    Cheeryvisage Jul 26, 2013 01:24 PM

                    Is the one in Montreal you're thinking of Patisserie Kouign Amann? I remember trying out a slice there, almost died on the spot from food bliss. Then went back the next morning and bought some more.

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                      loratliff Jul 26, 2013 04:57 PM

                      Yes!!! Geez, what I would do for one of those right now...

                  2. re: arielleeve
                    Ziggy41 Jul 26, 2013 04:42 PM

                    I was there at 1 last time and they ran out of DKA and pretty much all of the popular items

                2. re: arielleeve
                  alepenazzi Jul 27, 2013 07:56 AM

                  I live two blocks away from Dominique Ansel Bakery and while I can confirm the queues are not getting any shorter in the morning I strongly agree that I'd never stay in line for a cronut.

                  The DKA are so much better, I'm guilty of having one at least twice a week for breakfast (I just can't walk by the place and not stop for a coffe and a DKA, I just can't) and the only time they told me they ran out of them was mid afternoon on a weekend.

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                thegforceny Jul 26, 2013 06:58 AM


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                  Jpan99 Jul 26, 2013 07:05 AM

                  That's just crazy. Just curious, if you wanted to go to the bakery for something other than a Cronut do you still have to wait in that line? Or is there a separate entrance just for the Cronutters?

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                    kosmose7 Jul 26, 2013 07:08 AM

                    I heard that if you don't buy Cronuts, you don't have to wait in line.

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                      kathryn Jul 26, 2013 07:08 AM

                      No separate line but they sell out early, so just head over past 9am, after the craziness has subsided.

                      Via Ansel's Twitter:

                      "If you do come after 9:00am, the line is much more manageable, and we'd be happy to have you."

                      1. re: Jpan99
                        downtownchica Jul 26, 2013 07:10 AM

                        If you want a non-cronut, just go later in the day (after 9).

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