For those who don’t already know, Cronut is a relatively new kind of pastry created by Dominique Ansel of Dominique Ansel Bakery. It was apparently meant to look and taste like a cross between a croissant and a donut, even though it technically isn’t made from croissant dough. Dominique Ansel Bakery is the only place to get the original version and anywhere else selling similar products are just copycats, since the recipe is still a secret.
Ever since this product rose to fame, the lines started forming and it could be up to hours! Some people even queue at 5am, hours before the opening hour.
I came at around 9am and had to queue. The bakery opens at 8am. Each batch comes out at 15 minute intervals so the line shortens every 15 minutes. I only got mine around the 3rd – 4th batch since I joined the queue. I noticed that the queue was significantly shorter after 10am, so probably you should avoid 9am.
If you are not buying Cronuts, you can get other pastries and products from a separate line. I am not sure how other products are because I didn’t try any.
Each customer is entitled to order 2 pieces and the flavour is decided by the shop and changes daily. Basically you don’t get to choose.
Cronut – USD$4.50
Of course, I just had to get 2 since I waited so long for this.
The flavour of the day was some jam flavour and I admit I’ll like it better without the jam. Pastry wise, it was really good. I like the flaky layers. You could bite it like a donut or tear the layers apart. I like it both ways.
I’ve tried copycat versions in Singapore and they do not bring the original Cronut justice. This is just simply better and inimitable.
Though not my favourite product from New York (we are comparing with TKO, Eileen’s Cheesecake, Amy’s Bread Red Velvet and Pinkberry HELLO?), it is really unique and the kind which you should try at least once! I wish you luck to get a flavour you like on the day you attempt to queue. Other than avoiding 9am I have no other tips to make the purchase easier.
Dominique Ansel Bakery
189 Spring St, New York, NY 10012, United States