Well, by now, I’d imagine you’re well aware of the Cronut, and heard a lot about the Cookie Shot. If you haven’t, well…how is that possible? Dominique Ansel’s Cronut creation is almost 2 years old, and, I still haven’t tried one. Yeah, I know, I live in NYC, not that far from his SoHo bakery location, and I haven’t been until now. Well, I finally went, but, sorry, still didn’t get the Cronut or Cookie Shot. What’s wrong with me, you might ask? Well, Cronut lines start early in the morning (yes, there are still massive lines this long after it’s launch), selling out before 9:30am. That doesn’t work with my schedule. Then, Cookie Shots aren’t served until 3pm, and sell out not long after. Again, not in my schedule (perhaps at some point I’ll hire a TaskRabbit to wait in line and pick one up for me). But, there are plenty of other delicious, unique treats to be enjoyed, whatever time you’re able to make it there.
Inside the narrow bakery, you can pick up your items to-go, or, travel to the very back, past the glass windowed kitchen, where you can watch the masters at work, and take a seat at a cafe table in their indoor patio. Items vary from savory to sweet, including their Frozen S’Mores and Coco little cat pastry.
I ordered one of the classic items, the DKA (“Dominique’s Kouign Amann” flaky, croissant-like dough with a caramelized crunchy crust). Shaped somewhere between a muffin meets a turnover, this pastry is really amazing. Now, I will say that it is pretty rich, with a creamy, buttery flavor. But the texture is dynamic, both tender and soft, and light and flaky, all at the same time.
It’s presented with the caramelized crunchy crust on the top, but if you flip the pastry over, you can also notice the lovely detail, topped with large granules of sugar.
Name: Dominique Ansel Bakery
Location: 189 Spring Street, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? For sure. Hell, I might even find some time one day to finally get a Cronut or Cookie Shot.
Would I recommend it? Yes, the items are delicious, whether you’re there for novelty or to enjoy a pastry or baked good, you won’t be disappointed.