How To Eat Like Cronut Girl In NYC

Cronut Girl is someone who knows food, especially desserts in NYC.  I am one of the lucky few who actually know her true identity - she's like Gossip Girl!  Not even the amazing pastry chef, Dominique Ansel knows who she is.  Sorry sir, I'll never tell.  

*UPDATE* - Cronut Girl informed me that Dominique actually knows who she is...they met on May 3:

Btw Dominique does finally know who I am ;-) he met me at the Cronut 3rd bday private party in May that he hosted at his bakery!
Photo Credit: @cronutgirl (Instagram)

After drooling looking at all the amazing Cronuts and other desserts on her Instagram account, I reached out to her for some tips & advice on how to score one of these delectable delights. 

Cronut Girl Tip: How to score a Cronut

The best way to get cronuts is via their pre-order site, but that is ordered two weeks out.  If you're going to stand in line at the bakery, they open at 8am Mon-Sat and at 9am on Sunday.  Best to stand in line about 30 min-1 hr before opening on weekdays, maybe earlier on weekends.  I feel like Sunday is their busiest day.  They limit 2 cronuts per person, but if you want their other goodies (highly recommended) then I would just order one cronut and share it. The second cronut you can save and bring home to SF.   

Since I am the queen of procrastinating, I did not order two weeks in advanced, and seriously that was on me, ugh so annoyed.  Plus I didn't have time to wait in line this time around, but duly noted, I am going order ahead so I can be one of those special people that is able to walk up to the front and pick up my Cronuts sans line.  

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Cronut Girl Tips:  How to score other Dominique Ansel treats in NYC

1.    The cookie shot isnt avail til 3pm
2.    Get the frozen smore. so yummy
Rodger that - it was a dream!  Photo Cred: The Buttery Existence 

Rodger that - it was a dream!

Photo Cred: The Buttery Existence 

3.    If you want any of his other goodies from his West Village shop, it's Dominique Ansel Kitchen. They sell awesome soft serve ice cream Fri-Sun starting at noon.
4.    His Soho bakery with the Cronuts doesn’t have the soft serve ice cream, but you can get an off-the-menu DKA ice cream sandwich. Many ppl dont know about this.  BTW his DKA is probably the best pastry at the shop, even better than his cronut.   That one I would def order more than one and bring home to friends in SF. It's the best kougin amann I've ever had. Even better than ones I've had in Paris
Delicious!  I ate it for breakfast.  I mean it was lunch already in NYC.  Whatever  Photo Cred: The Buttery Existence 

Delicious!  I ate it for breakfast.  I mean it was lunch already in NYC.  Whatever

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Cronut Girl's Story

1. Why did you create your account Cronut Girl? 

I used to post photos of Cronuts on my personal Instagram page, but they'd get lost among my other pictures. I wanted sort of a Cronut® diary to document them. It started out as just a fun account for myself, then others started tagging me in their posts; there were so many great Cronut® photos on Instagram I started reposting them so I could share their mutual enthusiasm. To mix up my feed a little I'd throw in a photo of the DKA or Cookie Shot, but honestly I love all of Chef Dominique's creations and they are so beautifully crafted, sharing them is a must.

Photo Cred: @cronutgirl (Instagram)

2.  What has been your favorite Cronut so far?  

There are been so many where I take a bite and think, "Ok, this one is now my new favorite!" but when people ask me what my favorite flavor is, my immediate response is December 2013's Valrhona Chocolate Champagne. March 2014 Milk & Honey with hint of Lavender is a close second. Honorable mentions go to June 2015 Key Lime Young Coconut and April 2016 Burnt Vanilla Smoked Caramel.

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3. Where did your love of dessert and all things sweet come from?

 My late grandfather had a massive sweet tooth. You could always find him standing in the soft serve line behind the kids waiting for his turn to swirl some ice cream in his bowl. Now that's me.

4. Does Cronut Girl have a go-to dessert/pastry you like to make? If yes, what?

I'm more of a pastry consumer than a pastry chef, so I should probably stick to eating than baking.. but I do make some awesome toffee chocolate chip cookies.

5.  Will the public ever know who the real Cronut Girl is?

 Ha! Well, it's not really top secret but I probably won't post any photos of myself on my @cronutgirl account. It's all about the Cronut®, not the cronutgirl ;-)

Photo Cred: @cronutgirl (Instagram)

Cronut Girl's Top Spots in NYC

And because she's just an amazing person/friend, she sent me a list of her favorite spots in NYC!  I put an asterisk* next to the places I checked out this past trip: 

Soho

Dominique Ansel Bakery

189 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

Cronut

Frozen Smore

Cookie Shot

DKA*

DKA ice cream sandwich*

Paris-NY (like a Snickers cake)

Perfect Little Egg Sandwich (savory for bfast)

Avocado Toast

Soft Cheesecake

Laduree

398 W Broadway, New York, NY 10012 (just around the corner from Dominique Ansel Bakery)

Macarons of course

La Fraise (seasonal, not sure if still avail)

Tea selection is great

They have an amazing outdoor patio/garden for brunch, must have advance reservations

Prince St. Pizza

27 Prince St, New York, NY 10012

Try both pepperoni square pizza and a margarita slice*

I could literally eat more than just one slice.  Tip: ask them to make it extra crispy when you order.  

I could literally eat more than just one slice.  Tip: ask them to make it extra crispy when you order.  

 

SOHO/Little Italy

Greecologies

379 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

Traditional unstrained yogurt

 

West Village

Dominique Ansel Kitchen

137 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014

Brown sugar DKA

Brown sugar DKA ice cream sandwich

Burrata Soft Serve (Fri-Sun noon to closing)

Salt n Pepper Soft Serve (this one is really intense, great if you love black pepper) (Fri-Sun noon to closing)

Sage Smoked Brownie (also avail at In Situ SFMOMA but its a lot cheaper in NYC. smells like a pop brownie)

Ultimate Smore

Garlic Croissant

Keste Pizza & Vino

271 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

Pizza del Re

 

Chelsea

Chalait

75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Matcha latte

Momofuku Nishii

232 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY 10011

Caci e Pepe

Caci e Pepe with egg (avail only on weekends for lunch)

make reservations online, walk ins welcome too

 

Midtown

Bibble & Sip

253 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019

Matcha Cream Puff

Earl Grey Cream Puff

 

Downtown/Financial

Takahashi Bakery

25 Murray Street, New York, NY 10007

Matcha Crepe

 

Lower East Side (LES)

Ice & Vice

221 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

any ice cream

Juicy Spot

109 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002

rolled ice cream

Clinton Street Baking Co

4 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

blueberry pancakes*

Pancakes were fluffy and perfect!  Photo Cred: The Buttery Existence

Pancakes were fluffy and perfect!

Photo Cred: The Buttery Existence

 

East Village

Matcha Cafe Wabi

233 E 4th St, New York, NY 10009

Matcha latte

 

Chinatown

Taipan Bakery

194 Canal St, New York, NY 10013

rice cakes & diff flavored egg tarts

The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory

65 Bayard St, New York, NY 10013

I still have a long way to go before I finish this list, but I can't wait to go back to NYC to check out the rest of these treats!  Thank you so much Cronut Girl!  You helped make my trip so much sweeter ;)