If you’re in New York City and find yourself in the mood for a sweet treat, there’s no place I can recommend more highly than Dominique Ansel Bakery at 189 Spring Street, in the heart of Soho. Here, you will find hand-crafted, imaginative pastries such as those you would get at a five-star restaurant-but for a fraction of the price. French pastry chef Dominique Ansel is the owner and head chef as well as creator of the famous Cronut, a trademarked croissant-doughnut hybrid that became a worldwide obsession seemingly overnight. I was lucky enough to meet Chef Ansel on one of my visits to the bakery (I was totally starstruck/horribly awkward, and he couldn’t have been nicer). He was incredibly gracious and humble, despite his amazing success – explaining that he never imagined his Cronut creation would explode into such a sensation. He and his staff went from making batches of 30-40 per day to making daily batches of 3 and 4 hundred, and the line still stretches down the block every day, starting at 5 AM. Chef Ansel and his staff are kind enough to bring hot chocolate and warm madeleines to those waiting, a perfect example of the chef’s commitment to making sure that his customers feel welcome even before they step in the door. This kind of customer service and kindness is part of what sets this lovely bakery apart-that and the incredibly delicious pastries!
The only thing better than the wonderful desserts at Dominique Ansel Bakery is the friendliness and warmth of its owner and staff. If you’re looking for a bakery that is not only truly unique, but also exemplary of the level of quality and caliber of creativity that one should expect from a New York City eatery, then this is your place!