Dominique Ansel's new bakery may be Cronut-less, but there will likely be booze. The pastry wizard plans to pair cocktails with his $65 dessert tasting menu, reports DNAinfo. One idea mentioned in his community board paperwork is a course called "bread and butter:" yeast ice cream with brown butter mousse. To help wash it down, the dessert would come with a "milkshake" cocktail of mezcal, lemon blossom, honey, and egg whites. There could also be a rhubarb carpaccio paired with a gin float of strawberry and rose sorbet, and a fromage blanc il flottante with a Riesling granita. The drinks would be available exclusively at the after-hours reservations-only meal.
The community board gave its go ahead for the license somewhat begrudgingly. One member remarked: "I still don't know why you need to serve alcohol. This area has been identified by elected officials as being over-saturated." Ansel still needs the sign off from the SLA, but it will likely go through. There's no word yet on what the drink menu will cost.