Somehow, even someone who has lived in Vietnam the last seven years knows about Cronuts, the mix of donut and croissant into one supposedly amazing piece of sugary delight. Thus, when I had a chance to spend two days in New York City (first visit as an adult), I put that on my To Do list.
And now accomplished.
Since demand is so high, the bakery recommends that people get to the bakery by 7AM (it opens at 8AM) on weekdays, which receive less traffic. After waking up at 6AM, I got on the D train from Brooklyn and got to the Dominique Ansel Bakery (at 189 Spring St, New York, NY 10012) at 7:15 AM. At that point the line was already around the corner, so I had fears I would wait a few hours and be deprived. Before the shop opened, a bakery employee gave (photo above) everyone in line a small hot chocolate, a very nice gesture. Once the bakery opens, you’re not simply just handed cronuts, so the line actually moves really slowly. People are ordering and eating, and I actually made my order at 9:45 AM. On this day, it would probably would have been ok to arrive around 8AM and still have gotten cronuts – when I finished eating after 10AM, there were still people in line.
For $17 plus taxes and tremendous feelings of gluttony, I got:
1 DKA (Dominique’s Kouign Amann)
I only picked the other two things because I had seen them mentioned favorably on Yelp before going. The Bakery certainly isn’t cheap, but I decided to just do it. I had to eat a broccoli-spinach-tomato-egg salad for lunch afterwards to somewhat offset my guilt (I will probably need a week or two to truly offset it).
First in the mouth was the Waffagato, an ice cream waffle (it seemed like a waffle made of ice cream) with coffee. It is good, and unique, at least from my limited experience. It costs $7.
Next was the DAK. Do you like croissants? Do you like buttered sugar toast (I used to make these as a kid)? If so, you will like this, because that is what it is: a buttered-sugar croissant. $5. I love it.
Finally, the cronut, which comes in its own fancy packaging and is also $5 (I bought another for a friend who could not make it).
The cronut was a bit much for me. Perhaps I should have eaten it first, but I think my feelings would be the same. Eating half would have been enough for me and it feels very heavy. Like the other two items, it is definitely good, but it didn’t surprise me as much as the DAK did. If I were to order anything again in the future, it would definitely be the DAK.
If you’ve been to the Dominique Ansel Bakery, let me know if you agree with my thoughts!