NYC's 9 Best Donut Shops
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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1. Dough305 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn
2. Doughnut Plant379 Grand St, New York
3. Dun-Well Doughnuts222 Montrose Ave, Brooklyn
4. 606 R&D606 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn
5. Dough Loco24 E 97th St, New York
6. Orwasher's Bakery308 E 78th St, New York
7. Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop727 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn
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.
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.
The first all-vegan donut shop in NYC, Dun-Well's baking 200 flavors of premiere donuts in Brooklyn.
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.
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.
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.
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.