Dominique Ansel’s experiment in made-to-order baking begins today.
Breakfast service began at 8 a.m. at Dominique Ansel Kitchen in the West Village, the first expansion of the Cronut king’s empire (but not the last for the year, with a Tokyo bakery coming this summer). It’s larger than his tiny eponymous SoHo bakery and an order of magnitude more ambitious: About 70 percent of the menu will be made to order.
Not on the menu is the Cronut, but you won’t miss it among offerings like breakfast staples - with the requisite Ansel artistry - such as artful ham (prosciutto) and cheese (Boursin) croissants to lunchtime savory fare including a croque monsieur, mais oui, and desserts including sage-smoked brownies.
Also still to come is U.P., the upstairs after-hours chef's table, where Ansel will be serving a tasting menu and paired cocktails. We're told it'll be "another few weeks" before it opens.
- PHOTOS: New art and old relics at Mickey Mouse's NYC gallery 25 Pictures
- PHOTOS: See Yes on 3 supporters react to historic transgender rights Question 3 win 11 Pictures
- PHOTOS: A look back at Queen performing in the 1970s and 1980s 22 Pictures
- All of these celebrities have had their nudes leaked 35 Pictures
- PHOTOS: A look at Idris Elba's style through the years 20 Pictures
- PHOTOS: Heidi Klum's annual Halloween party and other amazing celebrity costumes 17 Pictures
- These are the spookiest cities per capita in the U.S. 5 Pictures
- Food Network star talks pumpkin carving 1 Pictures
- Who is Alexander Edwards, Amber Rose's new boyfriend? 9 Pictures
- Is Cardi B pregnant again? This tweet has people guessing 6 Pictures
- Natural Museum's best wildlife photos of the year 5 Pictures
Check out the full menu, then be prepared to wait: The cafe is not taking reservations.