Somehow, Dominique Ansel is still on his feet.
The chef had just returned from opening a new branch of Dominique Ansel Bakery in London the night before Wednesday’s Pie Night, the first of several tasting evenings at Dominique Ansel Kitchen in the West Village. He walked down the line of pie enthusiasts, greeting each person and stopping to chat, then taking a spot on the line to serve slices of the 11 sweet and savory pies.
The only sign he may have suffered any ill effects from all the recent excitement? Greeting the crowd with “Good morning!” at 6 p.m.
Ansel premiered Pie Night last year, when the one-night-only affair sold out within seconds. Not that this year’s expanded program fared better, though the pies are available to order online ($45-$48). And you really should, especially the returning Salted Caramel Apple Pie and the newcomer Peanut Butter Chocolate Cream Pie, which is more like a nutty cloud you could float away on.
One thing to note if you did manage to score a ticket: First to go were the three savory pies, so get in line early enough for the Chicken Pot Pie (and gratis glasses of hibiscus spritzer) to have time for seconds.