Dominique Ansel has been on my list since it’s opened. There have been several articles written about the pastry shop and its Madeleines, Religieuse, Kouign-amann, macarons and various other French pastries.
During the holidays, there were buche de noel cakes, which were also produced in miniature. I tried the chestnut one which chestnut mousse rolled between a layer of moist almond cake. A chocolate star, a mint meringue, and a hazelnut (soaked in something) were on top. There was a strong nutty flavor that complemented the sugary buttercream and the whisky-soaked cake.
I could not leave the bakery without trying the Madeleines that are made to order. You wait only five minutes for a container of these one-bite treats. They were little, fluffy and pancake-like, and the faintest taste and smell of lemon will make you stick your nose in the bag they come in.
I also tried the caramel and black truffle macaron, which I saved for after dinner considering I had just eaten a total of 11 tiny cakes (10 Madeleine + 1 Buche de Noel). That macaron was nothing short of decadent and ridiculous, and completely delicious. The caramel flavor was overwhelming in a good way and there was a light touch of truffle smell and flavor.
Next time, the DKA and a Religieuse.
Dominique Ansel :: 189 Spring Street :: New York, NY :: dominiqueansel.com