Dominique Daas Bakery
Episode 2: Co-Op
205 N 9th St
Marketing itself as the “pioneer” of churro-macaron hybrid, the "churron," this Williamsburg pastry shop is an unapologetic parody of Dominique Ansel, the super-hyped Soho bakery that created the cronut back in 2013. Much like its real-life counterpart, the churron is in such high demand that supplies have to be rationed (“There is a limit to three churrons per customer, so please maintain decorum”) and folks are waking up at the crack of dawn to wait in line to snag them. Abbi is eager for a chance to sample this month’s flavor (anise) because, “I’m not even a huge macaron girl and churros are just like hit or miss for me, but the combination...” Take note: the churrons turn out to be multi-colored, much like those bagels that are all the Billyburg rage right now. Ironically enough, the exterior of the bakery is filmed at Driggs Ave health food haven Organic Planet Pharmacy.
Episode 2: Co-Op
18 Putnam Ave
Ilana, gunning for some organic zucchini and grapefruit, is told that “today is the last possible day” she can finish up her shifts at the co-op “for this moon cycle.” Since she’s headed out to Long Island that afternoon to get a belated HPV vaccine from her childhood pediatrician, she asks Abbi to go in her place. Abbi, who claims that Ilana’s organic produce-based meals have given her the “healthiest shits of [her] life” feels they can’t stand to lose the co-op membership, and agrees to the scheme. But, since co-op members aren’t allowed to share shifts, Ilana has Abbi impersonate her, which, of course, entails a lot of “Yasss, queen”-ing.
When Ilana shows up at the end of the shift, Abbi reveals her true identity to Craig, the man-bunned co-op member she’s been lusting after. The gals are promptly led to a dingy basement storeroom by the co-op’s witchy-looking middle-aged manager who’s still able to breastfeed the infant strapped to her body, “because the power of co-op produce has made me fertile into my fifties and beyond.” Lori takes their mugshots with a Polaroid and pins them to a wall labeled “Shitty Peoples,” proclaiming that, since they signed a billion-year contract prohibiting shift-sharing, they’ll be banished from this co-op and all others for life. “All the co-ops are connected,” she cackles. “You two are going to be eating vending machine foods and bodega vegetables for the rest of your very short lives.” The scenes were shot at Greene Hill Food Co-Op, where members held a meeting to discuss the show’s request to film onsite. (They voted yay, because “We decided it’s better to laugh at ourselves.”)