The Ultimate Guide for the Best Doughnuts in New York


Amy Schumer has this hilarious joke about eating popcorn on a date. In it she states that you begin by lying to yourself, deciding you can be "cute" eating just one kernel at a time. Then you get real and eat it the way you really want to...like a gluttonous barbarian: shoving fistfuls of the buttery kernels into your open mouth, cutting it in the process.

This is how I feel every time I eat doughnuts. Who doesn't love circles of fried dough covered in delicious icing and sugar? The doughnut is having its moment right now so here are six heavy hitters in New York mastering the doughnut.

PETER PAN DONUTS AND PASTRY SHOP

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The Low Down:

An oldie but a goodie. If you're looking for some classic old school doughnuts look no further than Peter Pan. Often labeled an institution, they've been serving doughnuts for over 40 years. With New York changing rapidly and often, New Yorkers love Peter Pan for its consistency and simplicity. No frills here. In this Polish bakery doughnuts cost $1.10. Doesn't get any better than that.

Shop Details:

Location: 727 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222 

Phone Number: +1 718-389-3676

Neighborhood: Greenpoint

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 4:30am-8:00pm Saturday 5:00am-8:00pm Sunday 5:30am-7:00pm

Stand Out Flavors: Red Velvet // Sour Cream //Donut Ice Cream Sandwiches

HEADS UP: CASH ONLY

For more information, visit their website at: peterpandonuts.com

THE DOUGHNUT PROJECT

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The Low Down:

The newest kids on the block, this West Village shop nestled on Morton Street is pumping out delectable doughnuts with creative hand crafted flavors. They close once they're sold out so be sure to come early. Grab a doughnut and some coffee and take a stroll around the neighborhood. 

Shop Details:

Location: 10 Morton Street, New York, NY 10014

Phone Number: +1 212- 691- 5000

Neighborhood: West Village

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 8:00am- SOLD OUT Saturday-Sunday 9:00am- SOLD OUT

Stand Out Flavors: Bacon Maple Bar // Daily Specials

For more information, visit their website at: thedoughnutproject.com

DOUGHNUT PLANT

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The Low Down:

New Yorkers love Doughnut Plant and who can blame them. It's hard to stay away from this New York staple. Known for their use of natural and organic ingredients, they have a wide array of flavors and styles that all taste nothing short of sugar coated regret. Whether you're looking for savory or sweet, cake or yeast, they have it all.

Shop Details:

Location: 379 Grand Street, New York, NY 10002

Other Locations: 220 West 23rd Street, New York, NY 10011 in Chelsea // 245 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn NY, 11217 in Prospect Heights // 31-00 47th Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101 in LIC Queens

Phone Number: +1 212- 505-3700

Neighborhood: Lower East Side

Hours of Operation: Sunday-Thursday 6:30am-8:00pm Friday-Saturday 6:30am-9:00pm

Stand Out Flavors: PB&J // Creme Brulée // Tres Leche // Blueberry Cake

For more information, visit their website at: doughnutplant.com

DOUGH

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From the time you walk in the door of any one of the DOUGH locations you will begin to salivate. Known for their large pillowy doughnuts, DOUGH has been a heavy hitter since they hit the scene in 2010. They offer unparalleled flavors inspired by Latin America such as Hibiscus and Dulce de Leche. You'll be trying to shove these doughnuts into your mouth in no time. 

Shop Details:

Location: 448 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205

Other locations: 14 West 19th Street, New York, NY 10011 in Flatiron // 700 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10036 in Times Square at City Kitchen

Phone Number: +1 347-533-7544

Neighborhood: Bed Stuy

Hours of Operation: Monday-Sunday 6:00am-9:00pm

Stand Out Flavors: Hibiscus // Dulce de Leche // Cheesecake

For more information, visit their website at: doughdoughnuts.com

DUN-WELL

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Don't think that just because you're vegan you can't join in on the fun...WRONG...insert Dun-Well. The best vegan doughnuts in NYC. Their doughnuts are soft and light with enormous flavor. The space is quintessentially Brooklyn with a laid back vibe that makes it an excellent place to kill some time or get some work done. 

Shop Details:

Location: 222 Montrose Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 10221 // 102 St.Marks Street New York, NY 10009 in the Lower East Side

Phone Number: +1 917- 555- 1212

Neighborhood: East Williamsburg

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 7:00am-7:00pm Saturday-Sunday 8:00am-7:00pm

Stand Out Flavors: PB&J // Lemon Poppyseed

For more information, visit their website at: dunwelldoughnuts.com

UNDERWEST 

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The Low Down:

 

If you're looking for Underwest Donuts it may be difficult to find. Instead look for Westside Highway Car Wash and tucked inside you'll find Underwest. By now the secret is out. Specializing in cake doughnuts, they bring simplicity back to the New York doughnut scene. Frequented by those with a car and those without. Check out Underwest for a true doughnut adventure.

Shop Details:

Location: 638 West 47th Street, New York, NY 10036

Phone Number: +1 212- 317- 2359

Neighborhood: Hell's Kitchen

Hours of Operation: Monday 6:30am-3:00pm Tuesday-Friday 6:30am-5:00pm Saturday 7:30am-5:00pm Sunday 7:30am-3:00pm

Stand Out Flavors: Maple Waffle // Blueberry Thyme // Halva // Carwash

For more information, visit their website at: underwestdonuts.com