Food & Drink

NYC's 9 Best Donut Shops

Andrew Zimmer Published On 07/14/2014 Published On 07/14/2014

With the cupcake seemingly on a hype downswing, the donut has emerged in a golden age of fried dough ring innovation and experimentation. Armed with jelly classics and raspberry Sriracha-topped gourmets, these nine NYC shops are at the forefront of the 'nut revolution.

Adam Lapetina

Dough

Bed-Stuy
This spot helped spark the trend toward icings while on its way to being named one of the best donut shops in the country. Chef Fany Gerson uses ingredients from all over the world to make top-notch options like the must-get Blood Orange.

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Doughnut Plant

Lower East Side
Like most good things, this quickly spreading shop was born from the founder's donut experiments in his basement. Since 2000, he's been turning out deliciously varied donuts, including the Tres Leches... which you pretty much have to try at least once.

John Walker

Dun-Well Doughnuts

Williamsburg
Surprisingly one of two places on this list that's totally vegan, Dun-Well is a great spot to start a donut crawl from, and an even better place to house one of 200 rotating donut flavors like root beer, Butterfinger, or pina colada.

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606 R&D

Prospect Heights
If you like your donuts made by a robot (and really, who doesn't), this spot is perfect -- they've got a donut robot doing simple & fresh goods daily. Get the cinnamon sugar one.
 

Cinnamon Snail

Multiple Locations
The other player in the movement for vegan donut domination, this food truck is plying you with ridiculously inventive goodness like "cherry/chocolate cheesecake pretzel party donuts" and "speculoos cookie butter glazed donuts". You're gonna want to stay abreast of its next move.

Andrew Zimmer

Dough Loco

Upper East Side
This shop from Chef Corey Cova (who also runs a badass supper club) specializes in fresh-ass donuts with slightly off-kilter flavor combos like maple miso, raspberry Sriracha, and blood orange poppy seed.
 

Orwasher's

Upper East Side
They fill each of these little bastards to-order with great jam from a farm upstate, since you don't want your jelly just sitting inside your donut all day. Do you?? Of course not.

John Walker

Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop

Greenpoint
It's been in the neighborhood forever, and's been packing donuts with ice cream the entire time, with tons of richly frosted and sprinkled creations. You should hope they've got a red velvet left -- it gets the job done.

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Carpe Donut

Multiple Locations
What it lacks in the variety department it makes up for in the execution... department. This truck uses the finest ingredients possible to make sugar- and cinnamon-dusted apple cider donuts, plus also makes them into donuts a la mode, or a donut ice cream sandwich.

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Andrew Zimmer is Thrillist's NYC Editor and he thinks people should stop busting cops' balls for liking donuts. They're delicious. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

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1. Dough 305 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205

Hype is often misleading, but the fluffy and moist doughy behemoths at Fany Gerson’s cult-favorite shop continue to be worthy of the attention they receive. Dough offers unique flavors (think hibiscus, lemon poppyseed, and toasted coconut, plus a number of rotating options) and enormous sizes. While it's hard to go wrong here, the cheesecake -- coated in a tart frosting and dusted with graham cracker crumbs -- is the one to beat.

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2. Doughnut Plant 379 Grand St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

Doughnut Plant laid its roots in owner Mark Israel's Lower East Side basement in the ‘90s, and grew to be a leader of New York City’s new-wave donut craze. DP now has outposts in three boroughs and Tokyo, and its popularity continues to spread thanks to seasonal specialty items (coconut-lime and rose petal) and beloved inventions (a jelly-filled peanut butter doughnut). But it’s the game-changing creme brulee doughseed with a crisp shell and creamy vanilla innards that takes the cake—or glazed icing— every time.

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3. Dun-Well Doughnuts 222 Montrose Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11206

The first all-vegan donut shop in NYC, Dun-Well's baking 200 flavors of premiere donuts in Brooklyn.

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4. 606 R&D 606 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

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.

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5. Dough Loco 24 E 97th St, New York, NY 10029 (Upper East Side)

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.

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6. Orwasher's Bakery 308 E 78th St, New York, NY 10075 (Upper East Side)

This beloved, veteran Uptown bakery -- founded in 1916 and known for its loyal set of regulars -- knows its way around jelly donuts, which call for jams made from locally sourced fruit. Orwasher's also doubles as a Jewish bakery, supplying a variety of traditional loaves like pumpernickel, rye, and challah.

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7. Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop 727 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

This donut shop in Greenpoint is over 60 years old, having opened its doors in the 1950's. They offer all kinds of pastries, egg sandwiches, and more than 20 varieties of donuts, like French crullers and creme-filled and crumb-topped yeast varieties -- but the signature is the lightly glazed red velvet cake donut, which they start turning out at 4:30am. During the hotter summer days, you can get it split open and get it filled with cherry amaretto ice cream.

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