It’s been a long week for Dominique Ansel. The world famous pastry chef has been running dual shifts making sure his downstairs namesake Dominique Ansel Bakery is fully stocked with Cronuts® and confections, while upstairs his evening restaurant 189 by Dominique Ansel is similarly slammed with preparations. Luckily it’s all coming to a head, as today is the first official day for the bakery area, while tomorrow night will see the full public reveal of the restaurant upstairs.
So what does the world’s most well-known pastry chef, the man behind perhaps the most popular single sugary creation of the past 15 years, actually cook for dinner? Let’s take a look.
Black Angus Steak
This is the plum sauce-glazed premium Creekstone black angus steak, a $40 main from the 189 menu. It’s meant to be shared, of course, and comes with a wedge of crispy red wine onions on the side.
What looks like a straightforward pasta dish is actually Ansel and his team’s take on clam chowder, with Little Neck clams tucked into tortellini and small cuts of bacon sprinkled throughout a thin chowder broth.
While this could easily be a straight take on french onion soup, Ansel is instead doing a cabbage soup with browned edges of gruyere and fontina on top.
There is also, of course, dessert. In this case a chocolate-y, peanut-y cake creation meant to look like the leftover edges of some prior bake. Dust over with some more chocolate, and enjoy a decadent dinner finisher.
Of course, this is far from the full lineup of dinner food available at 189 by Dominique Ansel starting tomorrow. The opening menu is below.