Dominique Ansel Kitchen

Bakery in West Village, Chelsea & Meatpacking District

The much-garlanded creator of the cronut owns this small, sunlit bakery, where you can nibble on perfectly flaky croissants, brownies finished with smoked sage, lemon-yuzu butter tarts and many other heavenly treats (but no cronuts). There's also light savory fare, such as sausage, kale and lentil soup and an extra-large croque monsieur, served with salad.

A unique approach to baking for a cafe clientele means that the majority of pastries are finished for you à la minute, upon ordering.