“New mysteries. New day. Fresh doughnuts.” – David Lynch
In a city as big as NYC there is no shortage of these delicious doughy rings. After hearing what the locals had to say about the matter, I had a hole lot of fun taste testing to come up with my list of the BEST doughnuts in New York City.
448 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn
Artisanal, handcrafted doughnuts don’t get much better than Dough. These bad boys are worth a schlep out to greater Brooklyn. They have also opened a new store in Manhattan for those who don’t trek for great doughnuts. Their range of exotic flavours are beyond a gimmick, they taste REALLY good. Try the bright pink Hibiscus (a favourite on Instagram for an icing colour that pops), tropical chilli, chocolate with earl grey or the passionfruit with cocoa nibs. Although they are stocked in various hip cafes across town, best to get fresh in store.
DOMINIQUE ANSEL BAKERY
189 Spring Street, Soho
The award winning pastry chef, Dominique Ansel, has been labelled the Willy Wonka of New York due to his creative pastry offerings. He is particularly famed for creating that outrageous croissant-doughnut hybrid known as the Cronut. Although not technically a doughnut, it would be irresponsible to leave Dominique Ansel off my list. Each month there is new Cronut flavour to try; from Cherry Blossom Sour Cherry to Macha Golden Pineapple. Be prepared for queues starting over an hour before the 8am opening and a two Cronut limit per person. I had initially thought it ridiculous to wait so long for a baked good, but my mind was quickly changed the moment I bit into the crunchy, chewy and slightly caramelised creation filled with layers of creamy filling and soft pastry … my goodness, I’d line up all over again! If you miss out, there is always the super inventive cookie shot or another of his tempting pastries to appease your disappointment.
379 Grand Street, Lower East Side
These guys have been around for the last 20 years perfecting their doughnut recipe. Offering a tantalising selection of doughnut types yeast (the soft, squishy and melt in your mouth), cake (texture like a birthday cake but fried in doughnut form) and filled doughnuts (decadently filled with jams, creams and custards). My favourites include the coconut cream square-filled and the wild blueberry cake. For something smaller, the ever popular creme brûlée is a bite-sized treat. If you buy in-shop, the Toby’s Estate coffee is also excellent. You don’t have to be a Hollywood police stereotype to enjoy coffee and a doughnut.
PETER PAN DONUT AND PASTRY SHOP
727 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn
Peter Pan is no frills and far from ‘artisanal’. This old-school family business make a good honest doughnuts and care little for fancy facades. A bustling local doughnut shop teeming with Brooklynites either sitting down in the cafeteria or taking their doughnut laden packages away. There are tonnes of flavours to choose from, but have your cash ready and be fast with your decision as the ordering system has a no fuss Polish etiquette. An insiders tip: when waiting in the queue keep an eye out for the batches of freshly made doughnuts. The sour cream doughnut I scored fresh was still steaming hot and practically fell apart in my hands in warming, doughy crumbs. Peter Pan is also the best value, I purchased two doughnuts and a coffee and was surprised to be given change from a fiver!