Recently Opened Restaurants
by Julie Besonen, 07/01/2015
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Dominique Ansel Kitchen
137 Seventh Ave. South, 212-242-5111, West Village, Manhattan
Step right up to the counter at Dominique Ansel Kitchen and order the best, crunchiest croque monsieur in the world—Paris included. The digs are a 15-minute walk north of the original Dominique Ansel Bakery, where devotees still line up every morning for the famous Cronut; the vibe at this larger, Cronut-free spot is so comparatively calm it may as well be in a different world. Inside is bleacher-like stadium seating, and outside are sidewalk picnic tables where you can nurse every last crumb of a DKA, a caramelized croissant capped with brown sugar. For something savory, sample Ansel's delicately flaky garlic-bread croissant with whole, sweet garlic cloves and rosemary sprigs. Additional hybrid experiments take place weekend nights, when the upstairs prep kitchen is transformed into U.P. ("Unlimited Possibilities"), featuring a dessert-only tasting menu. Those wishing to dine there must purchase tickets in advance; dominiqueanselkitchen.com has details.