Despite the fact that he doesn't leave his namesake bakery until seven or eight at night, Ansel is usually up at three o'clock, more than four hours before his bakery opens and almost as many before the sun comes up. "It's the only time that's calm for me," he says of the wee hours, which he spends working on recipes for his upcoming cookbook. "The best time in a city is when everyone's asleep," he adds. "You have the whole city to yourself."
Here's how his morning shakes out:
5:38 a.m.: Ansel is out the door. He's already been awake for two hours.Photo: Marvin Orellana
5:42 a.m.: Ansel's cross-town commute only takes about 10 minutes — owing to a total lack of traffic.Photo: Marvin Orellana
5:55 a.m.: The first people in line for Cronuts. They arrived at 5:40.Photo: Marvin Orellana