Dominique Ansel Bakery, Spring Street, Soho, NYC

@candidcuisine POV: Dominique Ansel ran out of cronuts and cookie shots #sgfoodie #wheretoeat #vtl #nyc ♬ Memories of Paris – Dan Newton

Address: 189 Spring St, New York, NY 10012, United States
Opening Hours: Daily 8:00am – 7:00pm
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There’s nothing new when it comes to Dominique Ansel Bakery. Still the same old queues, the same old sold out cronuts. If you want to buy the cult favorite, you’re going to have to line up at least an hour before it opens or nothing will be left for you to buy. Heck, Dominique Ansel is probably the only patisserie immune to the pandemic. It even opened a new outpost Dominique Ansel Workshop near Madison Square Park.

But despite the new store opening, with far less snaking lines, I found my feet going to their original store in Spring Street. I always grab a cup of hot chocolate here with old acquaintances — nothing beats the thick hot cocoa in a cold winter night. This is one of my favorite spots aside from Wafels and Dinges in LES.

So yes, here’s me, spending $8.50 for the Blossoming Hot Chocolate, a gimicky cup with a flowered marshmallow that blooms once the white chocolate ring melts in the cup. It was, at best, warming to a cold spring (or was it still winter) day. You can expect a thick consistency in their hot chocolate. I found wishing there was a smaller cup. I couldn’t simply down everything in one sitting and took it with me as I walked past shops along Broadway.

But of course, I couldn’t resist trying out the Mango Earl Grey Vanilla tart. I heard lots of loyal customers gushing about their overlooked tarts and cakes and got myself one to satiate my curiosity. Loved the mango compote and vanilla whipped ganache; it had been too long since my last mango tart. I had forgotten how good mango was in cakes.

As I was one of the unfortunate ones that have never tried the Cronut (and I could have because I was just simply not too crazy about the concept; no offense to Dominique Ansel’s creativity), DKA was my next go-to. Dominique Kouign Amann. Yes, me the Kouign Amann lover. You’d be surprised that while it looked leftover pastries from a catered service…

Yet it was one of the best Kouign Amann’s I have ever tried. Loved the toughness of the exterior, and the buttery insides that delights my tongue. Definitely a must order for anyone looking to witness Dominique Ansel’s pastry miracles.

And so I landed with $24 in total, far too expensive for an afternoon hot chocolate trip, yet one of those when you feel every cent was worth it. Spend a little time in their open air patio before joining the hustle and bustles of Prince Street; you won’t regret it.