Curiosity had Jacques and I standing in line outside the Dominique Ansel Bakery in Soho at 7:00am yesterday morning. I’m not usually one to jump on the band wagon, or wait in line for anything, but there was somehting about this cronut phenomenon that had us intrigued.
In case you are not already familiar with cronut rules, they are listed here. The basics are as follows: 300 cronuts are made per day, 2 per person, bakery opens at 8:00am, arrive before 7:15 for a good chance of getting one.
Here is our cronut story:
- Wake up at 5:45am (2 hours earlier than normal)
- Leave home by 6:30am to arrive at the Spring Street A, C stop by 7am
- Power walk towards Dominic Ansel Bakery (1 block away)
- Panic slightly when we see the line snaking down the block and around the corner
- Arrive in line and nonchalantly count the number of people in front of us (we were 77 and 78). With cronut rules in effect, we are in good shape to get a cronut!
- Crochet, read or chat with your neighbour from 7:00 to 8:00am while waiting for the bakery to open
- 8:00am the bakery opens and the line starts moving, excitement mounts
- 8:20am enter bakery and wait in another line while gazing at all the other spectacular delicacies Dominique has to offer
- 8:30am cronut in hand!
- 8:33am long awaited tasting begins: this is what the first bite of a cronut looks like:
This is some seriously decadent stuff. Light flakey croissant-like layers, crispy fried dough edges that offer a satisfying crunch, filled with a light maple custard and topped with a swirl of lemon goodness. It’s the perfect hybrid, no more donut than croissant or vice versa.
Word to the wise: Cronuts, like the Bresiln Lamb Burger, are best shared. You can have too much of a good thing. Quit while you still think it is delicious. I shared my cronuts 8 ways. A quarter cronut is the perfect portion. Jacques and his lucky friend Thomas each ate a whole cronut and were a little overwhelmed by the experience.
Cronuts not your thing? Dominique Ansel Bakery has many other line-free treats worth tasting. I recommend going post Cronut rush and trying the fresh piped mini madeleine, salted caramel eclair, DKA (Dominique’s Kouign Amann) or a cannelé.