The day is finally here: June 2nd is National Donut Day!
Donuts (or doughnuts, if you prefer the old school way) have become so quintessential American, and, we bet that for the doughnut lovers out there, you almost have a ritualistic approach to doughnut consumption. For some it’s a mindless morning routine, for others it’s your go-to indulgent. Still, we bet you haven’t tried all the best doughnuts that there is in New York.
Since there are so many different kinds of doughnuts, we know it could get a little overwhelming. To help you, we’ve made a list of the best places to get the best doughnuts from, for you to celebrate this special date the right way. And by that we mean eating every doughnut that the city has to offer! Enjoy!
These are Ed’s, our co-founder, favorites! Before, you could only get these cakey pastries hidden inside a car wash, at the Underwest Donuts first shop, but now you can also find them at the Penn Plaza, waiting to be grabbed by you. So if you are feeling like having some fluffy Maple Waffle, Raspberry Yogurt, or Jasmine Tea donuts with delicious texture, go get’em!
Cronuts. The name says it all. Dominique Ansel’s Bakery bakes the cross between croissant and doughnuts, and they taste just amazing. However, getting your hands on these delicious treats demands some time spent on a queue, as they always have people lining up in front of their store, craving for cronuts. Still, most people say that:
The big and famous Dough’s doughnuts are everywhere in NY. Their empire is built from their airy and super sweet treats they make everyday. Our co-founder, Puja, is absolutely crazy about the Hibiscus donuts, her favorite.
The Du’s Donuts coffee shop is in Williamsburg’s William Vale Hotel, one of the coolest hotels in the neighborhood, where you can enjoy a doughnut (or ten) laying on the grass at their balcony, which is opened to the public. The chef, Wylie Dufresne, well known for his molecular gastronomy projects, now is back with this project. Flavors like pistachio pink lemonade, grapefruit chamomile, banana graham and mexican hot chocolate will make you want more!
Here at Sweetist, we want to help you celebrate those important moments. So here's a helpful guide for one that's right around the corner: Father's Day! Rather than buying Dad socks for the fifth year running, how about changing it up and celebrating Father's Day with something awesome. Here's a few ideas:
- A special dinner at Gallagher’s Steakhouse
- A Nutribullet to make healthy, delicious, juice
- A day on Hornblower’s Beer Brunch Cruise with live jazz music and free-flowing beer
- A night watching the NBA Finals on ESPN
- And our favorite Father's Day gift: a half-dozen delicious doughnuts from Dough with a handwritten note! Not like we're being partial or anything...
However you spell it, donuts are all kinds of goodness. So, it was our goal — as three NYC food tech start-ups — Waddle, Dollop, and Sweetist, to find the tastiest, fluffiest, gooiest, trendiest donut places in NYC.
Doughnut Plant opened in 1994 in a basement. It’s got a cool history
going all the way back to 1910 (fun-fact: there are 9 Doughnut Plants
in Japan). We visited the original Lower East Side shop, which opened in
2000. One of their inventions is the square donut.
You can’t go wrong here, with Doughnut Plants all over the city, each
with a huge variety of classics and creative donuts. Case in point: you
can get all three types of donuts — yeast (think fluffy), cake (cake-y), and filled (mmm) — not the case in some establishments.
Donuts & Verdicts:
Carrot Cake (filled — with cream cheese!): “moist, flavorful, very cake-y”
Manhattan creme (filled): “sweet but not too sweet — good balance of flavors”
Banana Pecan (cake): “sweet filling but the outer doughnut shell had lovely toasted pecans to balance it out.”
Georgette’s Rating: 4 — “you can get the doughnut flavor you want in your preference of yeast or cake! Everyone wins!”
Suma’s Rating: 4.5 — “filled donuts make me so happy.”
The Doughnut Project
the LES, we traveled to the West Village to sample goodies at The
Doughnut Project . The Doughnut Project is a relative newbie in the
world of doughnut shops in the City, opening in 2015.
The Doughnut Project stands out for its cool factor. There’s graffiti on the walls and crazy eclectic donut flavors, including many savory donuts (ex.
“Bulletproof Tiger,” a piquant and spicy blend of pineapple and
habanero glaze). These donuts are fluffy and light. No cake donuts here,
from what we could see.
Donuts & Verdicts:
Everything (like an Everything bagel. But in a donut) — “Whaa, a savory donut?! The Everything donut is EVERYONE’s favorite. Haha. For real, tho.”
Beet and ricotta (w/ cheese from the Murray’s Cheese Shop just a short hop away) — “Whaa, another savory donut?!… Um, I’m not sure what I think about this.”
Bacon maple bar — “Really good initial taste of bacon and aftertaste of bacon. But doesn’t wow me.”
Ambience: Love the vibe. Trendy, colorful, friendly.Our Ratings
Anne’s Rating: 4.5 — “loved the originality of flavors, would come for the art too!”
Georgette’s Rating: 5 — “The Everything Doughnut frightens but eventually wins everyone over. It’s a bagel and a doughnut’s love child.”
Suma’s Rating: 5 — “savory donuts are a huge plus! Innovative and interesting.”
The Donut Pub
Opened in 1964 by billionaire investor Buzzy Geduld, The Donut Pub is a classic.
The Donut Pub seems like a hole in the wall on the outside, but is
classic and pristine on the inside. Everything from the red leather
stools to white tiled walls gives you the sense of being transported back in time. Being open 24 hours, its the perfect place for a sweet bite of drunk food
— perhaps its best experienced, walking up to its glowing neon doors
after a long night, grabbing a seat at the diner bar, and getting a
reliable, inexpensive ($1.50) bite of perfect deep-fried dough.
Donuts & Verdicts:
Red Velvet: “It’s cake-y. Basic. Kind-of dry”
French Cruller: “this one is really good, soft, almost custard-y inside. Airy”
Cinnamon: “I like it. Very crumbly”
Ambience: “the smell reminds me of my childhood donut place”. No frills.Our Ratings
Anne’s Rating: 4 — “love the value, and the custardy French Cruller”
Georgette’s Rating: 3 — “basis for good, classic doughnuts and late night (inebriated) doughnut runs.”
Suma’s Rating: 3 — “does this make me a snob?”
Next stop: Union Square. Dough was founded in 2010 in by a woman Chef. So it gets bonus points for that. If you like fluffy big donuts, and only fluffy donuts, Dough is your best bet. One of the coolest things about Dough is that you can see the bakers making the donuts in front of you.
Donuts & Verdicts:
Salted Caramel: “mmmm. Dark Chocolate, Salt, Fluffy.”
Dulce de Leche: “sticky, airy, and finger-licking delectable.”
Ambience: “they up-play the artisanal thing at this location, with the wooden communal big table. Yeah, lots of wood.”Our Ratings
Anne’s Rating: 4 — “the fluffiest doughnut for sure!”
Georgette’s Rating: 4 — “My first Dough doughnut was a coconut and it was uuuhhmazing. Now it’s everywhere and feels like the basis of all doughnuts.”
Suma’s Rating: 4 — “when
I first tried Dough when it opened up in Brooklyn, it blew my mind.
Maybe now i’m too used to it. It’s still solid, but is no longer
exciting to me.”
The Cinnamon Snail
The Cinnamon Snail opened in 2010 and got famous because it was an vegan and organic food truck. Since then, it shuttered its food truck operations and opened up at The Pennsy, a “high end food hall” right next to Penn Station. This shop gets definite points for creativity. So creative that you can’t even pronounce the name of one of its donuts (see below).
Also, this is important: the founder owns a wallaby named Doyle Huckabee who sometimes wears clothes.
Donuts & Verdicts (down to 2 because we were starting to get sugar-sickness):
Pistachio cardamom: “Awesome! This makes me feel like I’m back in India”
do you pronounce this? Where does this name come from? Ok back to the
donut. Creative, but not as fluffy as I would like. I wonder if I’m
saying this because I’m donut-ed out”
Ambience: Located in The Pennsy is trying hard to be modern and industrial, but it’s not a great vibe when it’s next to Penn Station.Our Ratings
Anne’s Rating: 3.5 — “I
feel like this place did most things well — good flavors, good
texture — but nothing stood out. Maybe I just needed to have this one
Georgette’s Rating: 3 — “I took off points because I got confused and lost from everyone else. It’s good though. The flavor pairings are interesting…”
Suma’s Rating: 4 —
“I need to try this when I haven’t already eaten 5 donuts. While not
relevant, I really want to come back for the vegan sandwiches”
1. Tied: Doughnut Project and Doughnut Plant — I’d say that I’d go to
the first for the flavors and the second for the execution 2. Tied The
Donut Pub and Dough 3. Cinnamon Snail
Why: I loved Doughnut Project for their ideas —
the Everything Donut is something that is so unique, one part savory,
two parts sweet and just the perfect idea to make it stand out. This
should be on everyone’s to-try list. However, I felt that Doughnut Plant was a master of their craft.
It’s clear that they have the making of a filled donut down. Every
donut we tried was moist, not too sweet, with the perfect dollop of
cream that complemented the doughnut itself. It was a real toss up
between these two for me. I loved the Donut Pub for what it was
— classic, no frills, and good value. Though the cake donuts were a
little dry, their yeast donuts were fluffy and custardy. The ambiance
feels a bit like an escape and probably shines best after a late night. Dough does what it does best —
though their flavors weren’t as unique as some of the others, their
dough is truly compelling. I think when I’m craving a donut, the huge,
doughy donut at Dough is maybe what I’d go for most often. I may have to come back to the Cinnamon Snail to try it again, but the ambiance and the huge amount of choice on their menu was just not for me.
Georgette: 1. The Doughnut Project 2. Doughnut Plant 3. Dough 4. Cinnamon Snail 5. The Donut Pub
Why: I ranked higher for places that surprised me
and made me want to keep eating the new flavors. Don’t get me wrong,
Donut Pub has a special place in my heart, and I love that I can rely on
their French Crullers always, but the Doughnut Project took me by
surprise and won me over.
Suma: 1. The Doughnut Project, 2. Doughnut Plant, 3. Dough, 4. Cinnamon Snail, 5. The Donut Pub
Why: That Everything donut at The Doughnut Project did
it for me. Also, points for ambience and creativity. Next was the
Doughnut Plant — again, pretty creative and I LOVE that it has filled
donuts (these are my favorites). Dough is solid, and huge points for
that nice wooden table. I like The Cinnamon Snail but not the location.
The Donut Pub is eh, nothing special. It’s open 24hrs so might be tasty
if it was late night and I was tipsy.
We never really got over the magic of Leap Day. Sure it’s a normal set of 24 hours that lacks a big meal, a pimped out tree, or maybe an egg hunt, but Leap Day has a magic of it’s own. For one, it’s a day that peaces out of the calendar every four years— because Leap Day apparently doesn’t need to be at the party all the time. It’s that cool— and like all things rare, we still freak out when it comes around. Babies born on this day will technically age slowly. Ladies in Ireland will propose to men. Ten lords will be a leapin’— actually, no that isn’t what Leap Day is, but we’re excited nonetheless. We’re especially stoked because the calorie minded part of us are looking at it as an opportunity to gain an extra cheat day. Today doesn’t always happen, so of course none of these calories count, right? We’ll take that chance or leap, if you will. Here’s how you can do it the right way.
Or dessert bar? According to science and health (so health science) it’s good for us to turn off our phones and take time to ourselves to relax. Maybe you find reading in a nice sunny bay window relaxing. Or maybe you find fishing in the deep, creepily quiet wilderness relaxing. Or maybe, just maybe, you find spending a few hours at the counter of Chikalicious while you savor delectable, after delectable treat your jam. (Also, mmm jam.) Do yourself a favor: park a seat and wear your stretchy pants. Also, don’t forget to turn off all technology, like your Fitbit.
This works best as a group, which makes Leap Day feel more like a holiday come to think of it, so round up your fellow sweet-minded individuals and hit up the best places around the city for a specific type of dessert. Be it chocolate chip cookies, or buttercream frosted cupcakes, or even pimped out doughnuts like from Queens Comfort, take your samples, hug everyone, and celebrate. The walking and travel times will also count as your daily exercise, sort of. That’s a double win.
Go for the Black Tap milkshakes that’s making us go all wide and crazy-eyed. Who knew milkshakes would evolve from two straws after school with you and your steady boo at the soda shoppe to a Goliath of gluttony, rivaled only by the towering poufs sported by Marie Antoinette? For those unsure of exactly where to leap, this is a good go-to. It’s pretty much got it all: lollipops, slices of cake, sometimes fire, depending on the occasion. Sit down and take your time to enjoy each sugary bit of it, because we’re sure it’ll take you a while. Just no guilt OK? It’s not like you eat this way everyday. You’ll just do it when Leap Day comes around again in the next four years. And that’s perfectly OK by us.
Sweetist is the only delivery service exclusively for baked goods and desserts. Our goal is to make it easier to celebrate any occasion with great food from local bakeries. We deliver to Manhattan, up to 125th St., and to some parts of Brooklyn. Check us out, our list of bakeries is growing rapidly!
When a sugar craving strikes, a go-to place for ordering baked goods is essential. Living in New York City means that there is an abundance of amazing bakeries nearby at all times. Thanks to online ordering, you can get fresh-baked delicacies delivered right to your door without getting out of your pajamas. We took a close look at all of your options, and these 7 places took the cake.
1. Insomnia Cookies
Insomnia Cookies is famous for offering fresh, warm cookies until 3AM. They have a variety of locations around Manhattan (mostly near NYU). Popular offerings include Double Chocolate Chunk and S’more Jumbo Deluxe. In addition to cookies, they also deliver ice cream and cold milk. Deliveries cost $1.50 and usually take around 30-45 minutes.
Why stop at dinner? Despite the fact that Seamless (now partnered with Grubhub) is best known for quick dinners and appetizers, you can find a few bakeries under the Seamless “dessert” category. Most of these bakeries have delivery minimums, but Seamless is great for a last-minute treat for when you’re having guests over and you already ate all the cookie dough.
Postmates is one of the most well-known sites for ordering desserts in NYC, largely because of their partnerships with Momofuku Milk Bar and Dominique Ansel. Although they do charge a service fee and a delivery fee, Postmates is undoubtedly convenient when you need a sugary pick-me-up alongside your paper towels and diet soda from the Postmates General Store. The cronuts are calling.
With a focus on independent, high-end restaurants, Caviar is a nationwide service for food delivery. Their restaurants are required to have at least 4 stars on Yelp and a minimum of 1,000 reviews. At this time they only offer a handful of baked goods to NYC, but their list includes artisanal favorites like Prohibition Bakery (boozy cupcakes!) and Doughnuttery (adorable mini doughnuts!).
Delivery.com is an online delivery service that includes booze, groceries and even laundry. At this time, they only have a few bakery/cafe partners, including Seven Grams Caffe. Let’s hope they’ll add more soon. What goes better with fresh laundry than cupcakes?
6. Milk & Cookies Bakery
Like Insomnia Cookies, the folks at Milk & Cookies Bakery do their own deliveries between 11AM and 5pm. Be aware that they charge a delivery fee for delivery locations outside of the West Village, and the minimum order is $25. Get ready to eat a lot of cookies.
Uber is slowly taking over New York City, one smartphone at a time. Their new service, UberEats, offers a fixed menu delivered by Uber drivers within the hours of 11AM and 2PM. In addition to the regular lunches, they occasionally offer dessert: like the Famous Banana Pudding from Magnolia Bakery, which was only $1 for the #FoodBankFriday charity fundraiser.
If you’ve already tried all the other options without success, if you lie awake at night thinking about brownies, if you can’t think straight without a morning muffin or at least a scone in your system...