(Strawberry Basil Tart, Lemon Praliné Éclair and Blueberry Religieuse)
I am always on the hunt for good pastry shops. With the macaron trend that has hit the city, pastry shops are a dime a dozen and you have to be careful because it’s easy to end up with a too sweet or badly made pastry that still ends up costing a lot of money.
Awhile back, I read about a new pastry shop by a chef who worked in one of the best restaurants in the city and I couldn’t wait for it to open. Soon after opening, I made my way to SoHo to give this new shop a try. I wasn’t disappointed!
The Dominique Ansel Bakery, located on Spring between Sullivan and Thompson, is a little out-of-the-way for me, but it’s a great place to get a quick snack on the weekend. They feature lots of seasonal pastries, like the three shown in the picture above, and also have a few beautiful and delicious standbys that never disappoint.
If you go, here are a few tips:
Go after 3pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and get the freshly made Madelines. Opt for more. They’re not that expensive and fresh out of the oven, you’ll want to eat a lot of them. Get a batch of these and head to the back. They have 2 outdoor areas. One is covered (good for rainy days) and one is open (great for the nice sunny days).
In terms of the pastry, even if you’re not a chocolate person, give the Mini-Me a try. It is one of the best chocolate desserts I’ve had, and I’m (surprisingly) not a big chocolate cake person. It is close to being chocolate mousse, but still has a nice moist chocolate cake and is topped with their mini-meringues, hence the mini-me name. This cake is a not to miss item.
You might think the price tag is a little high, but once you taste some of their creations and see how much work went into them, it’s easy to forget the cost and keep going back.