Whenever family or friends come to visit us in New York City, they never fail to comment on the number of Dunkin Donuts locations in the city. It seems like there is one on every block – even more than the number of Starbucks coffee locations! (In fact, this article claims that by the end of last year there were 568 Dunkin Donuts stores in NYC.) But this post is not about Dunkin Donuts. It will do in a pinch if you need a quick cup of coffee, but if you want the best doughnuts, in my opinion, you must head to Doughnut Plant.
So what makes Doughnut Plant so special? Their doughnuts are absolutely delicious, with rich, sophisticated flavors like vanilla bean, Valrhona Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Banana Cream, and Coconut Cream. But you can also get doughnuts here that you can’t get anywhere else, like filled doughnuts that are square-shaped, with a hole in the middle. (I just can’t figure out how they do it, but they are really cool!) Or a doughnut “seed” (larger than a doughnut hole but smaller than a full-size doughnut), including one flavor called creme brulee. This one even has the melted sugar crust on top, like real creme brulee, that cracks when you bite into it, as well as a creamy custard filling. They make both light, fluffy yeast doughnuts and the denser, sweet cake doughnuts.
Here is a view of just part of their case, showing the beautiful cake doughnuts.
And here is my personal favorite, the coconut cream yeast doughnut. In addition to the sweet shredded coconut covering the outside, the doughnut is filled with an absolutely delicious coconut cream custard.
Where can you find these amazing doughnuts? Doughnut Plant currently has four locations in New York City. There are two in Manhattan: one at the Hotel Chelsea (220 West 23rd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues), and the other one on the Lower East Side at 379 Grand Street, between Essex and Norfolk Streets. There’s one in Brooklyn’s Prospect Heights neighborhood, at 245 Flatbush Avenue, and one in Long Island City, Queens, at 37-00 47th Avenue. (The photo of the shop above is of the Lower East Side location.) There are also numerous coffee shops and other locations in the city that carry their doughnuts, if you are not near one of the Doughnut Plant shops.