Cronuts had their day in the sun, and Dunkin' has been exploring donuts as sandwich material, but amid all this innovation, NYC's actually in a golden age for fans of actual donuts. Between the old-school spots still on their game and the upstarts doing borderline-insane things with them, it's easier than ever to find a top-notch specimen. So use the below rundown of the eight best in the city to guide you... but really, you can't go wrong, they're all donuts after all.
NYC's 8 best donuts, from foie gras to Fruity Pebbles
1. 606 R&D606 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn
2. Doughnut Plant379 Grand St, New York
3. Dun-Well Doughnuts222 Montrose Ave, Brooklyn
4. Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop727 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn
5. Dough305 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn
6. Dough Loco1261 Park Ave, New York
7. Do or Dine1108 Bedford Ave, New York
8. The General199 Bowery, New York
Plating new American cuisine in Prospect Heights, 606 R&D serves breakfast, brunch, lunch & dinner seven days a week. They've also got a family-style Sunday Supper prix fixe every Sunday at 5p.
This NYC donut empire has locations virtually everywhere in the city so you can get your fix of quality, handmade, old-school recipe, fresh donuts wherever you may be.
The first all-vegan donut shop in NYC, Dun-Well's baking 200 flavors of premiere donuts in Brooklyn.
This cafe and patisserie in Greenpoint serves a slew of handmade donuts using a recipe that's over 50yrs-old. Try the Red Velvet!
Daily made handmade donuts and glazes make this donut shop a must-visit if you're not willing to just settle for any ole fried pastry.
Chef Corey Cova (ABV, Earl's Beer & Cheese) is baking insanely delicious and creative donuts -- like miso-maple, blueberry-rosemary, and blood orange -- on the UES.
After months of whipping up everything from dumpling nachos to foie gras doughnuts, the team at DOD's lowering resistances to the weird with their fresh liquor license, so that foie won't be the only bloated liver at the table.
The General's a modern Asian resto in the LES that's the brainchild of the EMM Group and Top Chef winner Hung Huynh, serving up classics like beef & broccoli but with a serious twist (braised short rib served alongside Chinese broccoli and thick udon noodles). For breakfast or dessert, give their Fruity Pebbles or Green Tea Donuts a try. Martini Week Specials: from 5:30p to 8:30p, get a Grey Goose "Lady with a Dagger" or a Bombay Sapphire "The Doc" for $12.