Gallery: Dominique Ansel Bakery: The Latest Incredible Bakery From a Boulud Protégé

Pain au Chocolat ($3.50)
Pain au Chocolat ($3.50)
Just look at those layers.
Cannelé de Bordeaux ($3)
Cannelé de Bordeaux ($3)
One of the best pastries when perfect and one of the easiest to execute poorly, this cannelé was superb: soft and custardlike in the center, with a crunchy caramelized shell just this side of burnt, exactly where we like it.
Cinnamon Rolls ($3.50)
Cinnamon Rolls ($3.50)
Perfectly tasty but not as memorable as many of the other pastries, nor quite as moist as we would've liked.
Croissant ($3)
Croissant ($3)
Buttery, crisp-shelled, classic.
Almond Croissant ($3.50)
Almond Croissant ($3.50)
We loved that the almond element wasn't oversweet, and how it seeped into the crusty pastry corners.
Gâteau Battu ($4.75)
Gâteau Battu ($4.75)
Insanely moist and light and buttery, it's delicious even without the salted butter and housemade jam that can accompany it (add either for $1.50).
Ricotta Tartine ($9)
Ricotta Tartine ($9)
Piles of creamy ricotta on walnut raisin bread, with chunky pear chutney, but this is mostly all about the dairy. Seems dessertlike, but the bread is nutty, hearty and substantial.
Chunky Salmon Salad  ($11.50)
Chunky Salmon Salad ($11.50)
Chunks of flavorful (but not fishy) barely-cooked salmon and loads of rich homemade mustard-mayo. The ciabatta is giving but has a good chew—cutting this little guy is a challenge, but every element is tasty. Quick-pickled cucumbers are fresh and crisp, with just a slight tangy sweetness.
Croque Monsieur ($10.50)
Croque Monsieur ($10.50)
It's got buttery bread, with a hefty serving of ham that gets nicely caramelized on the edge. Grilled ham and cheese grown up!
Mortadella Panini ($11)
Mortadella Panini ($11)
Ingeniously simple, the creaminess of the mortadella and the melted mozzarella playing off the saline nuttiness of the olive tapenade.
Chicken Kale Caesar ($11.50)
Chicken Kale Caesar ($11.50)
Garlicky Caesar dressing is good, kale seems to be steamed lightly, but is still lively, not sad and mushy. Croutons are chewable, not brick-hard. When’s the last time you had a good Caesar salad?
Butternut Squash Soup ($6.50)
Butternut Squash Soup ($6.50)
More sweet than savory, with lots of toasted spices; it tastes like roasted-squash with a little cream but isn't too over-the-top rich.
Paris-New York ($5.50)
Paris-New York ($5.50)
A take on the Paris-Brest, pâte à choux dough filled with caramel mousse and chocolate, with hazelnuts and peanuts on top. Imagine the French pastry version of the finest peanut butter cup you've ever tasted.
Flourless Chocolate Cookie ($3.25)
Flourless Chocolate Cookie ($3.25)
Rich, satisfying, and gluten-free.
Cotton-Soft Cheesecake ($5)
Cotton-Soft Cheesecake ($5)
Ridiculously light and not at all sweet; it comes on a three-inch piece of sponge cake.
Macarons ($2.50)
Macarons ($2.50)
A bit dry, just a bit too sweet, and they could use a little more filling (we're pretty picky about macarons around here.) Chocolate was a little less dry and is the best of the bunch, with a rich cocoa flavor, and coffee has a nice bitterness. Flavors right now are Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Coffee, Caramel, Pistachio, Raspberry, Lemon, and Praline.