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rkaene Jul 10, 2009 02:44 PM

Just read the Times article about Tim Hortons replacing dunkin donuts, Great coffee!!!! Can't wait, I just called the corporate office and they did not seem to know the details. Has anyone seen any signs?

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    geoprincess Jul 31, 2009 03:00 PM

    As a Torontonian who visited Manhattan last week, I was interested to try Timmy's in NYC.

    The coffee was the same -- the service was slow -- and the bagels and cream cheese were pretty crummy.

    I was actually pleasantly surprised by Dunkin Donuts -- my past experience here in Canada and in Barcelona was pretty bad -- I really liked the one underneath our hotel (Affinia Manhattan -- I think we were at 7th and 32nd?).

    I am interested to see how Tim's does in NYC -- if I was trying it for the first time and I had the same experiences I had last week, I'd be turned off.

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      billyboy Jul 31, 2009 10:40 AM

      I went to the Tim Horton's on 34th Street near 7th Avenue a few days ago (next door to the Old Navy store). Had a honey dip and a glazed chocolate cake donut. The honey dip was good. Reminded me of the fried dough I'd eat at fairs as a kid, just not quite as good. The chocolate cake donut was a huge letdown. No crispy crust on the outside and the texture of the inside was almost...pasty. One of the most disappointing donuts I've eaten in a long time. I didn't exactly set the bar very high as the people working there aren't the owners as you would find in an independent shop. When the owner is working onsite, the attention to detail is almost always better. Think I'll stick to the Donut Pub on 14th Street and the Doughnut Plant on Grand Street.

      1. buttertart Jul 31, 2009 10:26 AM

        It pains me as a Canadian resident of NYC to advise that the doughnuts we bought at the downtown Brooklyn Tim Hortons were resoundingly pedestrian (honey dipped and old fashioned glazed).

        1. buttertart Jul 16, 2009 10:25 AM

          Are they serving butter tarts???

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            trishottawa Jul 16, 2009 11:18 AM

            I come from the land of Timmy's and all it is yet another fast food venue with really bad coffee and just o.k. donuts.

          2. Matt H Jul 15, 2009 07:36 PM

            I am curious to see how Timmy's tastes and does in NYC over time. As someone who grew up in Toronto I have had way too many Tim Horton's doughnuts and Iced Caps and I think the product is really beyond mediocre.

            With the feedback i have read so far in this thread it seems like they must be pulling out all the stops and possibly making a decent product again, which is something they have not done in Toronto is many-many years.

            1. MWinston Jul 15, 2009 03:04 PM

              Sampled the Iced Capp today. I could easily see myself getting addicted to those. It was awesome.

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                davisready Jul 14, 2009 10:04 AM

                Can anyone comment on the doughnuts? How do they compare to Krispy Kreme?

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                  LeahBaila Jul 14, 2009 10:07 AM

                  I plan on stopping by after work and picking up a couple (probably for dinner...I know, I know!). Should have some feedback by tomorrow, but would love to hear if anyone's been yet.

                  www.thelunchbelle.com

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                    jdf Jul 14, 2009 10:24 AM

                    I grabbed a chocolate glazed and a coffee from the one in Penn Station this morning. I actually prefer the coffee at DD, and the doughnut was completely ordinary, IMO.

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                      mak136 Jul 14, 2009 11:25 AM

                      Grabbed a large coffee and a french cruller and apple fritter this morning. The coffee tasted pretty darn good. the donuts were definately Hortons...both were fresh, moist and tasty (though i wonder where they're shipping them from). People were lined up at 7th and 50th.

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                        iluvcookies Jul 14, 2009 12:26 PM

                        Just had a vanilla dip with choc sprinkles. Kind of a cross between Krispy Kreme (kind of airy) and DD but not as sweet as either. Pretty good.
                        Service a little slow but it's only day 2.

                        1. re: iluvcookies
                          LeahBaila Jul 15, 2009 08:41 AM

                          ...Just had the glazed blueberry cake donut from TH. The actual cake had a robust blueberry flavor and was very moist, not dry by any means. While the glaze was sweet and crunchy, I felt like it could have used much more of it (the glaze happens to be my favorite part). Looking forward to trying the apple fritter next!
                          Service was super slow, but the staff was patient and kind. TH bakes donuts all day, so everything is very fresh.

                          www.thelunchbelle.com

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                  ylsf Jul 14, 2009 07:49 AM

                  I just read an article in my local paper (Toronto Star) about the opening down in Manhattan. I am curious if other Chow Hounder's have tried it yet. When my friend from NJ has come up to Canada she has enjoyed the timbits and coffee. I will have to let her know that she doesn't have as far to go now for her fix!

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                    Miss Needle Jul 14, 2009 08:45 AM

                    I've only had Tim H's in Canada (numerous times in different provinces as my ex was a HUGE fan) and thought they were on par with Dunkin Donuts, perhaps a bit better, but not much so. I think it's a beloved Canadian institution -- therefore all the excitement with Tim Hortons opening up in Manhattans. Personally, I'm not a huge doughnut fan. So I don't see myself going to them here anytime soon. I've actually found a wide variety between different locations. So there's probably a quality control issue going on. Interestingly, I found that the donuts at the Tim H's in more metropolitan locations were not as good as the more rural locations. I can't say that's an absolute fact as I haven't tried ever single location. According to one of the employees I've spoken to, they used to be fried directly on site but have changed to having them pre-fried at a central location and then shipping them and having them bake it at the store. So I'm guessing that how good they are will depend a lot on how well they maintain freshness and quality.

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                    raw60 Jul 13, 2009 05:17 PM

                    Got a honey cruller from the one on 34th street which I thought was pretty good. Although it was a tad too sweet the choux pastey was warm and very buttery and melted in my mouth.

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                      vegas Jul 13, 2009 05:23 AM

                      1 Penn Plaza (LIRR Level)

                      Madison Square Garden Taxi Ramp

                      401 7th Avenue (32nd Street)

                      22 Court Street (Brooklyn)

                      152 West 34th Street (7th Avenue)

                      761 7th Avenue (50th Street)

                      2 Penn Plaza (Amtrak Level)

                      47 East 42nd Street (Between Park & Madison Avenue)

                      1276 Lexington Avenue (Between 85th & 86th Street)

                      2547 Broadway (Between 95th & 96th Street)

                      1286 Broadway (Between 33rd & 34th Street)

                      451 Fulton Street (Brooklyn)

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                        mak136 Jul 13, 2009 06:52 AM

                        Awesome Vegas! I hope the donuts are Tim's and not Dunkin...and I hope they have peanut (which i doubt they will, must be a Buffalo thing).

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                          LeahBaila Jul 13, 2009 07:13 AM

                          Jeez, me too. Dunkin's donuts really suck, IMO. I've had a good one every now and then, but they're typically a major letdown.

                          www.thelunchbelle.com

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                            deam Jul 13, 2009 01:32 PM

                            Never had Tim Hortons, but I think Krispy Kreme is probably the best in the city at this point. I've compared Donut Plant and Krispy Kreme, and Krispy Kreme just tasted better to me.

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                              LeahBaila Jul 13, 2009 01:42 PM

                              Krispy Kreme rocks my world. I concur.

                              www.thelunchbelle.com

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                                MMRuth Jul 13, 2009 01:52 PM

                                Are there any left in Manhattan? I do confess to occasional past foraging even though I "don't really like donuts", and have discovered that the grocery store in NC where my mother lives carries them. Very handy while doing Christmas dinner shopping!

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                                  Pat Hammond Jul 13, 2009 02:31 PM

                                  I *think* I saw one of those too, in Penn Station.

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                                    jdf Jul 13, 2009 04:46 PM

                                    I believe there are only 2 left in Manhattan. My vote goes to Donut Pub on 14th and 7th.

                          2. re: vegas
                            Pat Hammond Jul 13, 2009 08:47 AM

                            I saw the location at Penn Station yesterday. Not open yet, but it looked like they're getting close.

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                            LostDiner Jul 12, 2009 09:59 PM

                            Do they serve poutine? It'd be nice to be able to get poutine at more than just one place, pommes frites.

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                              sherry f Jul 13, 2009 05:47 AM

                              Tim Horton's doesn't serve poutine! Coffee, donuts, timbits (donut holes) soup and sandwiches. Iced cappucinos- (called Iced Caps) .The big draw is the coffee- almost a cult following in Canada. They are very visible with the community service they sponsor including kids hockey. My kids and their friends have coined a nickname for the chain- "Timmy Ho's". lol.

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                                jgradieoakes Jul 13, 2009 05:24 PM

                                Poutine and coffee sounds like the breakfast of champions.

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                                kathryn Jul 12, 2009 09:38 PM

                                I typed in "riese dunkin near new york, ny" into Google Maps and it said:

                                1276 Lexington Ave #3
                                250 Broadway B
                                2 Penn Plz #1
                                321 Broadway B

                                Obviously not all the new locations, but it's a start, I suppose...

                                1. rteplow Jul 12, 2009 01:14 PM

                                  I was right: just saw a Tim Hortons sign at the former DD on Broadway near 96th!

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                                    david sprague Jul 12, 2009 01:47 PM

                                    i'm guessing that the one in the riese enclave @ 50/7th will also change hands. yay!

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                                    howster Jul 11, 2009 08:59 PM

                                    I read they took over the DD in penn station LIRR level (or will be taken over I havent seen it yet)

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                                      valerie Jul 11, 2009 06:56 AM

                                      They took over only 12 Dunkin Donuts stores.

                                      http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pi...

                                      1. rteplow Jul 11, 2009 06:06 AM

                                        I walked by the DD on Broadway near 96th and it was closed. There was no Tim Hortons sign, though.

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