A dough’ssant with the obligatory glass of milk. Photo from Jay Miller.
Jacob, Josh, and I had just finished a great meal at John’s of 12th St. and were looking for something sweet to wash down the mountains of amazing garlic bread. I knew that Dessert Club, ChikaLicious was just a couple of blocks away so I suggested it and we got to walking … very slowly. (We were really full.)
Dessert Club, ChikaLicious is directly across the street from its sister store, ChikaLicious Dessert Bar. The Dessert Club is a tiny hole-in-the-wall shop with very little room to sit and eat while the Dessert Bar is a lounge to relax in. We almost went into the wrong one and I’m sure many have done the same.
It was kind of cramped.
With such little room to even wait on line we debated bailing and finding something else but we stuck it out. I heard someone order a green tea cupcake—one of their most popular dishes and flavors—and craned our necks to see what they offered.
I picked out a vanilla bean crêpe cake and Jacob eyed a slice of hot molten lava cake. Josh decided to pass, and understandably so; we’d just down about 10,000 calories each and were about to gorge ourselves on more. I admire Josh’s self-control.
But I do not for a second regret my own lack of it.
We got to the front and discovered that ChikaLicious has its own version of the cronut: The dough’ssant. I looked at Jacob expectantly. “Yes,” he said. “Dough’ssant.”
Our order took a bit to come out but we restrained ourselves and managed to wait until we got home to actually eat. His cake was good; mine was better, in my opinion. I love crêpes and having them in a cake with sweet vanilla frosting between each layer was fantastic. I can’t wait to have one again.
The dough’ssant was good, there’s no doubt about that. But after hearing such hype about the cronut and being told that this is basically the same thing I was relatively underwhelmed. Jacob felt the same way and while we’d both be willing to get one again neither of us would go out of our way for it.
On the other hand, the dough’ssants were available in under five minutes at 10 PM on a Friday. You’ll never be able to say that about a cronut.
Dessert Club, ChikaLicious (204 E. 10th St. b/t 1st & 2nd Aves.) is open every day from 7 AM to 12 AM. I don’t know why they call themselves “ChikaLicious” but I can’t argue with the result and they won’t break your bank, either. Just be prepared to rub elbows with your neighbor as you pick out your treats.