Sweet Treats: The Best of NYC Bakeries
by Julie Besonen, 12/18/2013
Madeleines. Photo: Thomas Schauer
Dominique Ansel Bakery
189 Spring St., 212-219-2773, SoHo, Manhattan
Dominique Ansel has more than the Cronut up his chef's sleeve. Some devotees are just as happy to get the DKA, a caramelized croissant shaped like a muffin. Still others are utterly delighted with the custardy cannelé de Bordeaux and frozen s'mores, torched to order on smoked willow wood sticks. Since Ansel is currently the most celebrated baker in town (even appearing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon), you'll almost never be able to waltz in and make a quick purchase. The good news is that the customers in line have a cheerful, we're-all-in-this-together attitude. Once you reach the front, the staff is sweet and seems grateful for your patience. If you're going for another new sensation, the "magic soufflé"—which really is magic, by the way—it's best to eat it hot at one of the tables in the enclosed back garden.