The New Menu at Dominque Ansel’s U.P. Is All About the American Dream

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By Justine Sterling Posted February 16, 2016

Cronut creator and dessert maestro Dominique Ansel wants you to literally take a bite out of the American dream.

You may have no desire to live in the suburbs. But if white picket fences don't interest you, maybe edible ones will. The newest menu at U.P., the eight-seat after-hours dessert-only tasting table at Dominque Ansel Kitchen in NYC, called American Dreams, is modeled after the country’s history of iconic aspirations like striking it rich, having the perfect family and becoming famous.

The seven-course menu begins with a dish titled “Eureka!” inspired by the Gold Rush, featuring a nugget of sourdough bread pudding, and ends with “A Wish”—which Ansel describes as a “little something with chocolate.” Along the way there are dishes like the “White Picket Fence" (below), served with a garden of passion fruit, persimmon, jicama and confit strawberry, as well as a take on a cheese course served with different “filters” called “#GoingViral” (above). To top everything off, legendary mixologist Jim Meehan created the wine and cocktail pairings—which include a flaming “Dr Pepper” and a twist on a French 75 made with sloe gin.

Food & Wine: U.P. Dominique Ansel

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Tickets go on sale this Friday at 12 p.m. EST for $85 per person ($45 extra with cocktail pairings).

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