Best Donuts in NYC
The donut: a delicious fried confectionery rumored to have been invented by Dutch settlers in the mid-1800s. From the classic glazed to today’s innovative flavors like Raspberry-Sriracha and Sugar Brioche, the doughnut has morphed from a tasty treat into an epicurean experience. Here are our top 5 New York City doughnut shops to check out!
222 Montrose Avenue | East Williamsburg | Brooklyn
With flavors like Egg Nog, Pistachio, and classic chocolate, you might forget that this Brooklyn-based donut shop is all vegan. In addition to their selection of doughnuts, you will also find an array of teas, drinks and even ice cream. For those not looking to make the trip to East Williamsburg, you can also pick up a Dun-Well donut at a variety of locations in Manhattan such as Blossom Du Jour and 88 Orchard.
379 Grand Street | Between Essex and Norfolk | Lower East Side
Combining artisanal techniques with innovative flavors, Mark Israel’s Doughnut Plant has been a Manhattan staple since its founding in 1994. When Mark was making donuts alongside his grandfather, he came up with the idea of donuts with a pistachio glaze. Despite the fact that this glaze was rarely heard of, Israel went ahead with the idea, and now it’s one of the most popular choices at his shop.
At Doughnut Plant you can choose between traditional yeast donuts, cake donuts (which have the texture in between a regular cake and a pound cake), and filled donuts. The different flavors offer an excellent combination of innovation and creativity. From Chai tea latte and Crème Brulee, to carrot cake and “Blackout,” which is their very own chocolate cake donut filled with chocolate pudding, dipped in chocolate glaze, and sprinkled with chocolate cake crumbs, Doughnut Plant donuts are not only of high, hand-craft quality, but also make for a delicious adventure!
638 West 47th Street | Midtown West
Located inside the West Side Highway Car Wash, this 12th Avenue spot is worth the trek. Scott Levine, formerly a sous chef at Chanterelle, has blended creativity with taste at this hidden gem. Recommended flavors include brown butter glazed, maple waffle and their halva donut.
The Doughnut Project
10 Morton Street | West Village
One of the newest and most creative shops in town, The Doughnut Project is located on Morton Street in Manhattan’s West Village. Perhaps their most well-known item is the “Everything” Donut, a donut dressed like an Everything bagel. This doughnut offers a blend of salty and sweet and has put this trendy new spot on the map. Make sure you like the taste of cream cheese though, otherwise you won’t like the frosting and you’ll want to opt for one of their other creative donut inventions (like their Maple Bacon Bar below).
The Doughnut Project also offers other great options. The Maple Bacon Bar, for instance, is perfectly raised, covered in maple glaze and topped with a sumptuous strip of crispy bacon. Other recommendations include Peanut Butter Jelly Time, “The Bronx,” an olive oil and black pepper donut, and “Those Beets are Dope,” which features beets and ricotta! Make sure to show up early since their hand-crafted batches are made fresh each morning and often sell out.
Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop
727 Manhattan Avenue | Greenpoint | Brooklyn
Greenpoint’s Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop has kept its classic vibes since its founding in the early 1950’s. Still priced at $1.10 each, Peter Pan donuts are the old-fashioned, retro ones that their regular customers are looking for. All donuts are glazed and decorated in a bunch on a stick, and all the classic flavors can be found. One particular exception is the Doughnut ice cream sandwich: this modern, creative item is only available in the summer and has been a huge hit.
While it is an old fashioned coffee shop, Peter Pan offers a variety of innovative donuts. The red velvet is very popular, and so are the Apple filled donuts and Cream-filled Bavarians. However, the best option is to go simple at Peter Pan. An old-fashioned glaze, a simple honey dip, or a sour cream cake donut fits the ambiance of this Brooklyn gem.
448 Lafayette Avenue | Bed-Stuy | Brooklyn
Do you really want to best donuts in NYC?! This initially small neighborhood shop has quickly transformed into a flagship New York City bakery. When Fany Gerson first began selling her donuts at the Brooklyn flea market, she soon had to keep up with the pace because her donuts were always selling out.
Freshly made and offering enticing flavors, Dough doughnuts hit the spot. Some top flavors include Salted Chocolate Caramel, Dulce de Leche, and Hibiscus.
Locations: 14 W 19th St, New York, NY, 448 Lafayette Franklin Ave, Brooklyn and UrbanSpace Vanderbilt (230 Park Avenue)
40-09 30th Avenue | Astoria | Queens
This incredible brunch gem located in Queens offers homemade donuts that come in a new flavor each week. Recent flavors have included Captain Crunch Cake, Oreo with homemade marshmallow and Reese’s Peanut Butter and Pretzel. This was one of the best donuts I’ve had. The flavor I tried was Root Beer Float Cake Doughnut with Cherry, White Chocolate Chips, Root Beer Glaze. Check it out below!
Dominique Ansel Bakery
189 Spring Street | SoHo
For those looking to venture into the world of hybrid donuts, make sure to check out Dominique Ansel’s famous Cronut. Half donut, half croissant, this pastry comes in a new flavor each month.
The March 2016 Cronut: Raspberry Coconut
Just make sure to come early, as the daily batches tend to sell out by 10 or 11 a.m.!
The May 2016 Cronut: Brown Sugar Rhubarb with Lemon Thyme Sugar
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