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National Doughnut Day: NYC Guide

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New York seems to have entered the Golden Age of doughnuts. Flourishing and abundant, the soft, carby morsels are showing up throughout the boroughs and people are waiting an inordinate amount of time to get their hands on one. No longer is variety limited to old-fashioned and glazed, as we now have access to more flavors and styles than there are tourists in Times Square. On National Doughnut Day, bask in the glory of this Age we have entered, and indulge in one of our sugary picks below:

In addition to expanding in variety, some doughnuts are also growing in size, like the rotating selection of extra large doughnuts at Pies-N-Thighs, which left Ally, our Bitch in the City, in complete awe. At this Williamsburg establishment, you can take your pick between flavors such as chocolate cake, coffee cream-filled, pecan butter crunch, or the classic old-fashioned. Read the review here.

166 S. 4th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(347) 529-6090

Pies-N-Thighs Brunch

The Dutch
As delicious as a Cronut? We didn’t think it was possible but Emily, Bitch in the City, stands by the statement and affirms that the chocolate hazelnut doughnut at the Dutch is just that. Read the review here.

The Dutch
11 Sullivan St.
New York, NY 10012
(212) 677 – 6200 

The Dutch Brunch

The adult version of Dunk-a-Roos, the doughnut holes at the Rye are served with a creamy frosting dip, allowing guests to dictate their doughnut-to-frosting ratio. The tough part is not asking for more of the delicious glaze! Read the review here.

247 S. 1st St.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 218-8047

Rye Brunch

St. Balmain
Leave it to Williamsburg to be on the cutting edge of non-traditional doughnuts. If a classic glaze is too mainstream for your taste, venture to St. Balmain cafe for the opportunity to inject one of their fluffy, sugarcoated doughnuts with a chocolate, vanilla crème, or strawberry jam-filled syringe.

St. Balmain
178 N. 8th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11211

st balmain

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The Doughnut Plant
Being one of the first things I ate when I moved to the city, the carrot cake doughnut from The Doughnut Plant will forever have a soft, cream cheese-filled spot in my heart. And if carrot isn’t your thing, the crème brûlée doughnut is a stellar alternative, filled with vanilla custard and coated with a crisp, burnt sugar glaze.

The Doughtnut Plant
Two Locations:
220 W 23rd St
New York, NY 10011
(212) 505-3700

379 Grand St
New York, NY 10002
Lower East Side
(212) 505-3700

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The Cinnamon Snail
Norberweiberberweiberhydrafab. No, that’s not a typo, but the name of the magical creation we call a doughnut from the vegan food truck, The Cinnamon Snail. This white chocolate glazed doughnut is stuffed to the brim with Makers Mark bourbon hazelnut ganache and topped with dirty blondie streusel. With a mouth-watering description like that, who cares what it’s called, just find that truck!

The Cinnamon Snail

Various Locations (Check their Facebook page or Twitter handle for updates!)
(862) 246-6431


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Dun-Well Doughnuts
From caramel popcorn to avocado mousse, Dun-Well Doughnuts has a constantly evolving menu with over 200-doughnut varieties. Stalk this vegan doughnut shop on Twitter to be kept up-to-date on their latest confectionary creations.

Dun-Well Doughnuts
222 Montrose Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11206
E. Williamsburg

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Image courtesy of Dun-Well Doughnuts

Dough Loco
Dough Loco, another leader of the doughnut flavor revolution, is frying up all sorts of delicious dough creations. Pineapple–brown butter, miso-maple, raspberry-sriracha — need we say more?

Dough Loco
1261 Park Ave.
New York, NY 10029
Upper East Side


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