Knowing what to order at a bakery can be a difficult task, especially with so many doughy delights to choose from. No need to keep guessing what's good—we're asking chefs and owners of some of the best bakeries around the country for a shortlist of their must-try items.
First up is Dominique Ansel Bakery. After just one year in business, the pâtisserie has already made a name for itself in NYC for its traditional yet creative French pastries. It's no surprise that a Daniel Boulud alum—Ansel was the executive pastry chef at Daniel for six years—would create such beautifully-crafted sweets, from madeleines to cannelés.
If you've never been to Dominique Ansel's Soho spot, or if you're simply overwhelmed by all the delicious looking options, these recommendations—straight from Ansel himself—will surely steer you in the right direction.
Click through the slideshow for Dominique Ansel's favorite items at his eponymous bakery.
Dominique Ansel189 Spring Street, New York NY 10012 (map) 212-219-2773; dominiqueansel.com
About the author: Stef Shapira is is a Texan living in Brooklyn. A food writer, researcher, and grad student in NYU's food studies program, some of Stef's favorite things include kolaches, root beer, and chips. Follow her on twitter @stefontoast