Best Doughnuts

New York

Curated by Eva Tsang

The doughnut is an American classic that has been around for ages and it is now back in the spotlight, garnering all sorts of attention from the foodie community. When it comes to the sweet, fried dough confectionery, New York has it covered, satisfying both classic and eccentric tastes. Here is our guide to the city’s best.


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    Mark Israel started off in the ‘90s, baking doughnuts at night and then hopping on his bicycle in the morning to deliver them to various New York City cafés. As a result, Doughnut Plant was born and today, he has shops around the world and continues to delight us with his gooey, chewy and oversized delicacies. The cake doughnuts and genius jelly-filled squares comes in delightful flavors such as Valhorna chocolate, coconut and salted peanut. Doughnut Plant keeps its customers excited with new seasonal flavors such as pumpkin and apple cinnamon during autumn. With so many irresistible flavors to choose from, we recommend favorites such as crème brûlée and tres leches.

    Doughnut Plant
    Photography by Stefan Karlström

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    Dough

    Dough is a little doughnut shop in Brooklyn owned by Chef Fany Gerson who took months to perfect the yeasted dough recipe and frying technique and it really shows. Dough offers light and fluffy yeast raised doughnuts that are dressed up with exciting and delicious glazes such as blood orange, hibiscus and dulce de leche with toasted almonds. The mouth-watering doughnuts are baked throughout the day and its active ovens in the back fill the small space with the loveliest smell of freshly baked doughnuts making it a doughnut lover’s paradise.

    Dough
    Photography by Stefan Karlström

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    Dough Loco

    Newly opened Dough Loco is bringing delicious fried dough creations to upper Manhattan and is already proving to be a huge success as it is attracting a kaleidoscopic crowd of people from around the city. Owners Corey Cova and Michael Cesari are rolling out unique doughnut creations in bold and inventive flavors such as pineapple–brown butter and blueberry-rosemary-lime. Doughnuts are handmade daily and sells out fast, but customers have no problem waiting for a fresh batch to come out of the oven. The yeast-raised doughnuts are light, slightly chewy, utterly delicious and definitely worth the wait. We recommend the popular miso-maple and raspberry-sriracha.

    Dough Loco
    Photography by Stefan Karlström

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    The concept of Dun-Well Doughnuts was started by Christopher Hollowell when he made it his mission to open a premiere all-vegan doughnut shop after he was unable to find a good vegan doughnut that could satisfy his cravings. Dun-Well Doughnuts offers doughnuts in fun and inventive flavors such as root beer, s’mores, orange-pistachio, PB&J and carrot cake. Sure, vegan doughnuts are available in most organic delis but most lack flavor and leaves you unsatisfied when you’re craving something sweet. Luckily, Dun-Well Doughnuts makes exceptional doughnuts and the fact that it is vegan-friendly and made with no butter or milk is a surprise bonus, especially for the health-conscious.

    Dun-Well Doughnut
    Photography by Stefan Karlström

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    Carpe Donut is a food truck offering warm, fresh doughnuts on the streets of NYC. There is only one doughnut on the menu, the simple, comforting and scrumptious apple cider donut. The apple cider-infused treat is made from the highest-quality organic ingredients and locally sourced cider. Light, airy and made to order, each doughnut is dusted with cinnamon sugar and served warm, perfect for chilly days. During the summer, be sure to cool down with their donut ice cream sandwiches, spiced apple cider donut stuffed and vanilla ice cream in the center.

    Carpe Donut
    Photography by Stefan Karlström