Hello New York City!
A new city, a new food adventure. Having finally moved here a couple weeks ago, New York City is a blur of weekdays and weekends in which the ultimate question is not what to eat, but instead, which one of the million eateries to step into. For a while, I couldn’t decide where to start blogging. Moment of truth: the two questions I asked myself everyday were 1) what’s for lunch? 2) what should be my first blog post?
But finally, I decided there is nothing more exciting (or indulgent) than a visit to New York City’s coveted patisserie, Dominique Ansel Kitchen. An airy cafe setting as opposed to its bakery counterpart, Dominique Ansel Kitchen is more than just a cronut-fad. From seasonal desserts like Fraises Des Bois to classic DKA’s, Dominique Ansel has created a dessert shop that is as trendy as it is delicious. Also, for my Tokyo readers, I heard the craze for the newly opened DAB means insane lines! Maybe when I go back to visit, I’ll muster up the patience to wait in line for it.
P.S. My roommate for the summer is actually working there as a rotational intern, so if you see a cheery face greeting you–remember to say hi!
(Unfortunately, I did not get to try the new soft-serve that Dominique Ansel rolled out this summer. I mean, burrata ice cream with balsamic caramel. That just sounds delicious already.)
My first bite:
A croissant topped with creamy Boursin cheese and thinly sliced prosciutto.
My second bite:
A brown sugar DKA (short for Dominique Kouign Amann) that tastes like a caramelized croissant with a sprinkle of brown sugar crunch.
My third bite:
A fraises des bois tart, with fresh strawberries flown in from Malaga Spain; a burst of condensed summer flavors.
Without the crazy Bakery line, Dominique Ansel Kitchen is a fantastic people watching spot in West Village. Each bite is an unique reminder that Dominique Ansel is way more than its notorious Cronuts. The DKA is always a classic, and went perfectly with my cup of cold brew. But the fraises des bois (!!!)–it’s West Village’s must-try summer dessert (Buzzfeed should seriously feature a post about it). Who knew strawberries could taste so sweet and tart, like a burst of condensed summer flavors. These are limited and seasonal, so don’t miss out! Also, funnily enough, I did not get a chance to try the beautiful mille-feuille I used as the feature image–but to the lovely couple I met, thank you for letting me photograph your dessert. Running into people in New York City who’s actually read my blog is a weirdly exhilarating feeling!
Finally, to New Yorkers, delicious recommendations are welcome and very very much appreciated. The food scene in New York is wonderfully vibrant and I can only imagine how many local secrets there are.
Address // 137 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014
Website // http://www.dominiqueanselkitchen.com
Phone // (212) 242-5111