Favorite Dishes #100: Laminated Blueberry Brioche at Dominique Ansel Kitchen

Ansel's laminated blueberry brioche
Ansel's laminated blueberry brioche
Daniel Krieger

Dominique Ansel and his Cronut. While his namesake Soho bakery still attracts long lines for the doughnut/croissant hybrid, the pastry virtuoso has moved on.

Ansel's made-to-order concept, Dominique Ansel Kitchen (137 Seventh Avenue South; 212-242-5111), is Cronut-free. Here he puts a personal spin on classics such as sage-smoked brownies and a pain au chocolat with sea salt. But the star of the show is an under-the-radar laminated blueberry brioche. The tender and airy base of the pastry is filled with bright, sweet blueberry-balsamic compote, fresh berries, and mascarpone cream. Before it's brought to the table, the top of the brioche is dusted with sugar and brûléed, producing a crisp, caramelized top.

Fork in the Road is counting down to our Best of New York City issue in October. We're combing the city every day, one dish at a time, to guide you to the most delicious food in NYC. These are our 2015 100 Favorite Dishes, in no particular order, save for the top 10. Follow Sara Ventiera on Twitter, @saraventiera.

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