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Aug 22, 2010 07:18 PM

Apple fritters in NYC?

When I am in western NY every bakery and market has apple fritters, and they are the best donuts ever made. But I have never been able to find them in NYC. I have asked in many bakeries and I get the crazy look, as if they haven't got a clue.

Where can I find these? and why aren't they common in NYC?

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  1. Dean & Deluca carries apple fritters, I'd try there. I've also heard good things about Daiuto:

    You can also find them on restaurant menus in the fall, but it's more of a deep fried slice of apple (like Irving Mill had them before they closed).

    Irving Mill
    116 East 16th Street, New York, NY 10003

    Dean & Deluca Cafe
    550 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10016

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    1. re: kathryn

      Recursion - can you describe what the Apple fritters are like in Western NY?
      There are regional variations.

      If you mean the type also found on the West Coast, then Daiuto makes something similar. They're unfortunately making them with less frosting, and apple chunks, so it's more of a fried bread affair, but these are still the closest you can get.

      Dean & Deluca are also carrying the Daiuto ones. The buyer there must read these threads because they appeared shortly after it was discussed here.

    2. Doesn't Starbucks get their donuts from Top Pot in Seattle? I've seen apple fritters there. I've never had it though. You're right though, apple fritters are rather rare here as opposed to California, where you can find them at pretty much every mom-and-pop donut shop.

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      1. re: uwsister

        I did see them at Star*ucks but -- does it strike you as weird to have donuts shipped cross-country? Shouldn't donuts be fresh? I dunno.... I pine for apple fritters but couldn't bring myself to pay $2.50 or whatever it was for a preserved one.

        If anyone's visiting Cleveland I had a killer apple fritter at the West Side Market.

        1. re: Up With Olives

          my friend works at starbucks in mount kisco and they told me that all the pastries are made by a local bakery. i think it's the same everywhere, maybe they just have to follow a specific starbucks recipe\ingredient list.

          1. re: Up With Olives

            I've tried the Starbucks version, because I have to confess, I've actually enjoyed their blueberry muffins once or twice. The apple fritter tasted more like a packaged overly glazed donut with distracting apple chunk topping. It was closer to the style you would find readily available at Donut Pub, so it didn't fit my own cravings. I have no idea what Top Pot looks like when authentic.

            Donut Pub
            203 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011

            1. re: sugartoof

              i never their apple fritter. but i also have to confess to liking the pumpkin cream cheese muffin at starbucks.

              1. re: daffyduck

                So I guess it's safe to say muffins are a pretty safe guilty pleasure if you must order a snack at Starbucks. Pumpkin cream cheese sounds really good I can't wait for Fall.

                1. re: sugartoof

                  I actually don't think Starbucks' bakery items are too bad. My husband actually really likes their espresso brownies. I think they're one of the better chains out there. I have a couple friends who work for them, and they seem to be pretty happy working there. Also Starbucks has literally saved my life at airports, especially during odd hours, when only other options are Burger King and Taco Bell.

                  To get back on the topic - my friend who works at Starbucks told me a local bakery does bake the apple fritters, following a recipe given to Starbucks by Top Pot. And yes, they will heat it up for you if requested.

                  Burger King
                  401 5th Ave, New York, NY 10016

          2. re: uwsister

            I dislike most of Starbuck's bakery items, but I find the apple fritters to be pretty good, especially if you have them heat it for you.

          3. Tim Hortons in Toronto sells apple fritters. Maybe the Tim Hortons hear carry them too. I don't know for sure since I don't like Timmys coffee or donuts so I skip them in favor of the coffee carts or DD.

            1. Fairway Cafe > Red Hook.

              Not only delectable, but enormous > as big as a small manhole cover. OK, a tiny tiny manhole cover.

              What you do is this:

              Ask the girl behind the counter to place your Apple Fritter under the broiler for a moment to crisp it up. Grab a pint of Hagen Daz from the ice cream freezer > a knife, fork and spoon and head out to the best "alfresco" in town. < Better before the world was hip to it. But still... particularly on a weekday < I know this is a luxury; hang in the shadow of "The Lady" to your right and relax while watching the tugs, barges and on Thursdays; floating cities drift by. Slap on a pair of headphones and you're in another world. My personal favorite time, when the elements aline: dusk, as the daylight fades and a fast approaching, rip roaring thunder storm fills the sky > Josh White inspired lights, pounding rain; protected by Fairway's awning. Families romping in the foreground.

              After your warm crisp Apple Fritter ala mode > buy a crisp skinned, golden Roasted Chicken with 2 sides for $8.00, a Brooklyn Lager and return "outback" for your second course.

              Read a paper, smell life wafting by; eat, drink and relax >WYSC > While You Still Can.


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              1. re: allenbank

                Can you give an idea what style of fritter they sell? I can't imagine adding ice cream to a west coast style apple fritter unless you were trying to go into sugar shock. You wouldn't need to have them crisped either. Which makes me wonder what these are like?

                1. re: sugartoof

                  That's what I was thinking, sugartoof. I can't imagine heating a donut or putting ice cream on top of it.

                  1. re: Up With Olives

                    Oh, I could probably get down with an ice cream sandwich made using a regular donut, but the apple fritter combo sounds brave.