Food & Drink

NYC's 9 Best Donut Shops

Published On 07/14/2014 Published On 07/14/2014
Adam Lapetina
Facebook/Doughnut Plant
John Walker
Facebook/606 R&D
Andrew Zimmer
John Walker
Facebook/Carpe Donut
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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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