After taking my sister to New York from Jersey for an early flight home, and needing to meet friends to carpool back to NYC, I decided I might catch a few zzz’s and capture my free parking spot for the day in SoHo and meet them in the city, but then I remembered the big hoopla around a certain breakfast pastry. The Cronut™ is the new food version of the Beatles, or Michael Jackson, or whatever celebrity was totally not accessible to you and you may have had a chance encounter, that was R&B groups New Edition and Jodeci for me, but anyway I digress. I pulled up in front of the bakery that makes and houses “the cronut”, Dominique Ansel Bakery, and I saw a not so overwhelming line. As I walked closer, I realized that the hype is real, the line turned the corner of Spring Street onto Thompson, keep in mind it was 6:40 am on a Saturday. I considered saying forget it, but I thought, its not raining and the heat hadn’t arrived for the day just yet, so I hopped my sleepy self into the line.

So here is the deal, here are some tips:

  1. The line stays long, don’t think that just because the doors opened you are getting right in.
  2. It is a small bakery, they only let in like 10-15 people at a time, every about 10 – 15 minutes.
  3. Majority of the patrons currently are getting Cronuts™, and they will run out about 3 hours after the doors open.
  4. There is a 2 Cronut™ limit (get the limit) I didn’t know it was going to be so good and only got 1
  5. I just learned that if you purchase a Cronut™ t-shirt online and wear it in line to purchase your Cronuts™ you will have a 4 Cronut™ limit ($20 investment and feed 50 people because the proceeds of the t-shirt purchse goes to
  6. Bring a chair, and a friend (I was alone and my back hurt from standing)
  7. Bring an ipod, or playing cards, and sunscreen
  8. IF by chance you are not interested in the line or a Cronut™, fear not go right on in and get anything but the Cronut™.
  9. Get to know your friends in line, foodies love foodies.
  10. Last but not least, DO NOT leave without getting the DKA, don’t ask, just order 1 or 2…or 3. (post coming soon)

So to close out the story, I ate my Cronut™ along with a few other goodies and napped in my car until my friends arrived ready to shop the city. I will say that as I stood in line, I was thinking, “I’m an idiot for this, it is just a donut”.

Can I tell you…

Dominique Ansel Bakery

Perfect Little Egg Sandwich

Run don’t walk, to get in line,to get a Cronut™….but get there 3 hours before the door opens.