A friend of mine is in search of maple bars. I guess they're some kind of donut. Any ideas for where to get great ones?
Yay, I'm glad to see someone on the same quest as myself. I don't think maple bars are a N.Y. thing (or even an east coast thing, for that matter). Whenever I mention them, I get blank looks. On the west coast they're a standard in chains like Dunkin' Donuts and Winchell's, but those places just don't carry them here. I was lucky to find some last week (not in bar form, but in a typical circular donut shape), but that was in Toronto, Canada, which is a bit far to travel for a donut. I guess this isn't helping much, I'm just seconding the request for maple bars in the N.Y. area. Actually, I don't even care that much for the taste of maple, but the more unobtainable something is, the more desireable it becomes...it's the thrill of the hunt.
I seem to remember having a pretty good one at Gregory's Coffee on Park Ave near 25th street. But I have a similar complaint: for all the wacky inventiveness of the different glazes there's not a lot of variety with the actual donuts at the trendy new places--they're all big yeast ones.