Oy Vey. I too, have succumbed to the media blitz, and am know going to write about the cronut. Cronut-mania has been sweeping NYC like crazy- too crazy. People are going bonkers. People are fucking nuts!
I had my cronut on June 1st. I didn't wait on line. I pre-ordered 5 the week before. And after one bite I'll tell you exactly what I loved about the cronut--NOTHING. My lemon-maple half croissant/half donut was a a sugary mess. A sweet and sugary bomb of calories, that my dining companion and I regretted finishing. Is it awful? Nah. Is it worth waiting two hours in line for--Fuck No! (unless it comes with a blowjob).
Well, there is one thing I love about the Cronut- it's that it's sold and made by a true pastry wizard, at one of the best bakeries in NYC, the Dominque Ansel Bakery. I have known Dominique for some years now, and not only is he a truly nice and genuine guy, but his pastries and desserts are fucking awesome. Period. The reason to get a cronut, is not to eat the cronut, but to be aware of all the other great stuff his bakery has to offer. In fact, what's better than the cronut, is Dominique's "DKA", tender, flaky croissant dough with a caramelized crunchy crust. This is the pastry that people should be waiting on line for. Why is no one talking about Dominique's "Paris-NY" pastry, a twist on the Paris-Brest, with a choux dough and a chocolate, caramel and peanut butter filling? Have you had one? You should, because it's fucking awesome, and better than the Cronut!
Have you tried the roasted pork club sandwich at the Dominique Ansel Bakery yet? I wrote about it last year -- it's one of the best pork sandwiches I've eaten. And you know what, it's better than the Cronut.
So if you want to wait on line for two hours for an overly sweet pastry, I recommend you do it- but not because that cronut is going to change your life, but because you need to see everything else being made at one of the best bakeries in NYC. The Dominique Ansel Bakery is truly a magical place, with or without nuts.
Dominique Ansel Bakery
189 Spring Street (bet. Thompson and Sullivan)
New York, NY 10012