Thanksgiving Croissant Debuts at Momofuku Milk Bar -- Kind of a Turkey
I was as excited as everyone else to check out the
new Thanksgiving croissant at Momofuku Milk Bar, which has moved across the street from its original West 13th Street location. Well, in spite of all the hype, it's not really new, since a similar pastry was offered last year at Má Pêche, David Chang's Midtown outpost.
Nevertheless, I pedaled over there at warp speed and plunked down my $6.53 for a taste.
Well, folks, I've got to say I was a bit disappointed. The thing channels all the sandwiches you've made with leftovers after the Thanksgiving holiday, many versions of which have become commercialized in one way or another at neighborhood delis, restaurants that serve a Thanksgiving meal, etc.
So, yes, the Thanksgiving croissant at the Milk Bar seems aimed at re-creating the Thanksgiving flavor experience via bread, turkey, stuffing, and cranberry relish in handheld form. Well, it fails, despite being a noble attempt.
It's way too bready, for one thing, and too little like a real flaky croissant. Now, croissant making is a job for the experts, who have a process of rolling and re-rolling the well-buttered dough so it comes out multilayered. The Momofuku croissant comes nowhere near the texture you find at a croissant from, say, Tartine or Claude's Patisserie.