10. In 1988, the classic doughnut began to be redefined.
The Cupcake Café (located at 39th St and 9th Ave) started making doughnuts, and offered six varieties, including glazed, wheat, and orange.
11. In 1994, Mark Isreal, founder of Doughnut Plant, began experimenting with doughnuts in the basement of a Lower East Side tenement.
His innovative varieties and use of fresh, seasonal fruit/roasted nuts led the gourmet turn in doughnut-making. In 2000, the first Doughnut Plant shop opened at 379 Grand St. Then, in 2011, was followed by its shop on the ground floor of the Chelsea Hotel.
12. In 2012, the city’s doughnuts got their own map when the New York Doughnut Map was published by All You Can Eat Press.
This was followed shortly thereafter by America's second-ever "slow clap".
13. On May 10, 2013, New York City made headlines with the evolutionary doughnut-hybrid, the Cronut™.
Invented by Dominique Ansel Bakery, these things were/are so delicious, people have been known to wait for hours for them and imitate them all over the world. Get your own dessert genius, other cities!
Andrew Zimmer is Thrillist's NYC Editor. He loves eating doughnuts, the smell of doughnuts, and doughnut trivia. You can follow him (most likely doing something doughnut-related) on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.