Vegan donuts might not sound like a great idea (unless you are vegan, in which case they probably sound like a godsend), but trust Dun-Well Doughnuts to do them well. These are confections that appeal to all, and with flavours like Peanut Butter and Jelly, Chai Tea, and Ginger Snap, they’re far from dull. Trust us: you can’t even tell that they’re absent of eggs or dairy.
The Donut Pub
Of course, not all donut shops in New York need to be avant-garde to attract attention. Donut Pub provides a window into old New York; the unpretentious Chelsea shop has been a city staple since the 1960s. The light and airy Honey Dip Donut is a favourite, while the bakery is also renowned for its Boston Cremes and jam-filled varieties. It’s also open 24/7: use its retro neon signage as a beacon to guide you to hot donuts and coffee once the sun goes down.
It’s not every donut shop that’s located out of a car wash. In fact, we can’t think of any others that are. But that’s not the only reason that Underwest Donuts, found among the wilds of 12th Avenue, is special. Flavours here are positively gourmet, from halva and brown butter to jasmine green tea (which is no surprise, given that owner Scott Levine used to cook at Chanterelle and Del Posto).
Pies ‘n’ Thighs
As its name suggests, Pies ‘n’ Thighs is best known for its mouthwatering fried chicken as well as its selection of dessert pies, but locals know that this comfort food destination is also something of a donut expert. Flavours change each month, and can vary from a raised donut packed with strawberries and topped with powdered sugar to a pistachio glazed number that comes filled with lemon curd. After sampling its various delicacies, you’ll probably be in need of a good sit down – and some sit-ups.
Written by Claire Bullen
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