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Moved to San Francisco, doing Istanbul-themed pop-ups every week with my wife at www.feastly.com/lauraandsayat
It was 25F out at 625 a late winter morning, I took my fiancee to work at EMP, that was the only reason I was up. Then I thought what is something unique I can eat only this early in the morning. I was going to go to Chinatown but then I thought of the first time I waited in line for a cronut at Dominique Ansel on another frigid winter morning. I grabbed a warm cup of coffee and started reading the papers at the coffee shop. I was waiting for the bakery to open, the line to dwindle and the cronuts to be ready for pickup, all the while completely disgruntled by the exclusivity of one of my favorite breakfast pastries. It's primarily a textural experience, the crunch, the chew, the ooze... The flavor, however, isn't something to overlook. Chef Ansel does not just give you a pastry that is unique but also a dessert that isn't overly sweet and has a bright note with a well rounded acidity. Yes, perhaps, my pastries were less 'crunchy' the second time I had them but nevertheless they were excellent. Unique to NY, first in NY, and only in NY, cronuts are one of my favorite NYC pastries.
Personal chef for local families
The most elegant description of the cronut I've read :)
over 1 year ago
The best?...depends what you're in the mood for. For me, a warm chocolate croissant from Payard. Only when there's no humidity, and only when I'm in that neighborhood.
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Pastry Chef, Entrepenuer, Positivity
This is a bit out of the "city" but if your up for it and in the area, its definitely a place to check out. Every time I go to Queens I get to have their bagels. Their bagels are different from your typical bagels that you get. It is seriously one of the best, the other I tried in Delaware. It is crispy on the outside, chewy, and soft on the inside. No toaster needed. Maybe just a bit of cream cheese. Its just THAT good. The lady who's been tending the customers for years is also a character as well.
Well, I'll take the pastry chefs word for it :) I am always on the hunt for a good bagel shop, even if I have to travel a bit to get there
Media Account Executive with a passion for organic cooking
Sounds lovely! Best bagels in NYC in your opinion or where else do you go?
General Manager @ Wallse Restaurant, modern Austrian cuisine in the West Village
The best pastries in the city are from this oven-to-door service, The Baking Bean. Chef Clarice Lam makes delectable creations so beautiful, you'll almost feel guilty eating them. But then you won't be able to stop. Check her out @ thebakingbean.com
Pastry chef at Violet's Bake Shoppe
If these aren't the best roast pork buns in Chinatown, please let me know where else I can find better ones. The buns made here have the perfect ratio of meaty and fatty pork that just melts in your mouth when eaten warm. These stand out from all the other standard pork buns from the distinctive natural color. In other chain or standard bakeries the pork buns all have a strange red color in the filling. All of Mei Li Wah's buns are always kept warm, and not just placed in a display case. I remember the days when these treasures used to cost .85 cents each, but are now a wallet-burning $1.
Tip: Get a few and freeze them off if the trip is out of your way.
Bonus tip: If you're really hungry and need to be on the run, get the "Big Bun." It's a steamed bun filled with chicken, pork, mushroom and half of a hard boiled egg ($1.60). It will keep you going and is enough to fill you the whole morning.
I'm on a seefood diet. I see food, and I eat it.
I will make the trip down to try these out! Yum! I didn't realize this was a breakfast item?!
over 1 year ago
I grew up eating these at any time of the day. Most Chinese Americans usually eat a bakery bun with a cup of coffee or tea. Roast pork buns this good should be eaten any time you want!
over 1 year ago
Wine lover, world traveler
Great stuff. I don't feel like I have a full handle on Chinatown it's nice to hear from chefs about what's good and worth trying down there.
I've spent most of my life visiting relatives in Chinatown and have eaten both good and bad food there. I've seen many places come and go. Flushing is another area that is known to have a huge variety of Asian food. That is still uncharted territory for me.
Aspiring chef, food blogger
Yum yum! This looks amazing thanks for hte tip!
J K Bakery
Dominique Ansel Bakery
Mei Li Wah
The Baking Bean
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