New York: Home to some of the most impatient people in the world. If you’ve lived here and can say that you’ve never accidently body checked an old lady while trying to make your train, or corrected some unsuspecting tourist who was standing on the “walk” side of the escalator during your morning commute, chances are good that you’re probably lying. But when it comes to a new food phenomenon, New Yorkers will wait for hours on end in order to experience the latest craze (and earn the bragging rights for trying it). So when pastry chef Dominique Ansel decided to take advantage of us New Yorkers by inventing the cronut – defined on Ansel’s website as a “specific product not to be confused with just any other croissant-doughnut hybrid,” people started showing up as early as 5 am on the weekends in order to get their hands on this mythical baked good.
Luckily, a few New York bakeries called B.S. on Ansel‘s claim that only he alone can make this pastry, and have made their own mouth-watering versions of this hybrid, sans the early AM lines. Read on for a list of the best cronut knockoffs in New York City.
1) Mille-Feuille – “The French Donut”
552 La Guardia Place
New York NY 10012
The “French donut” served at Mille-Feuille was created by owner and pastry chef Olivier Dessyn. Dessyn’s wife wanted to try one of the famed cronuts, but neither Dessyn nor his wife wanted to wake up early in order to get their hands on one. To solve this problem, Dessyn created his own version in order to make his wife happy, (smart man) which then became a hit with his customers. Since the launch of the French donut in mid-July of this year, Dessyn’s French donuts have consistently sold out around noon each day, and even earlier on the weekends –so don’t spend too much of Saturday morning nursing that hangover in bed if you want to get your hands on one. French donuts come in four flavors – raspberry, chocolate, and apple (pictured) as well as their seasonal pumpkin spice flavor.
The French donut at Mille-Feuille is crumbly and light, and really embodies the consistency of the half donut, half croissant make up that it’s going for. If you’re not so big on super sweet pastries, this one may not be for you – these babies are glazed, powdered, iced, and filled with a sweet layer of their respective flavor’s filling. If you’re taking one to go, be sure to stock up on napkins – they’re about as messy to eat as a rack of ribs, but completely worth the sugary aftermath that will undoubtedly end up all over your face once you’ve finished.