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Best Donuts in NYC

Where does one get a fresh donut around town? Looking for a place that makes them fresh (and delicious). Have heard of Donut Planet, but surely that isn't the only place that makes fresh donuts!

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  1. Highly recommend Doughnut Plant. They have two locations, one in chelsea and one in the lower east side. The lower east side location is easy to get to by the m14a bus (it stops at many stops on 14th street, heads straight down Ave A and drops you off on grand st right in front of doughnut plant).

    1. Dough in Bed-Stuy (305 Franklin Ave) has some really great doughnuts. I'm particularly fond of their dulce de leche with toasted almonds, but they have other popular options like passion fruit with cocoa nibs, lemon poppy seed, plain glazed, cinnamon sugar, cafe au lait, etc.

      1. I think you mean Doughnut Plant, not Planet.

        A lot depends if you want yeast or cake doughnuts or a specific type of doughnut. Also your subject line says "Best Donuts in NYC" so if you are willing to go to the other boroughs you should post on the Outer Boroughs board (do a search on there for Peter Pan or Pies 'n' Thighs doughnuts, too).

        Doughnut Plant & Dough are probably the most popular. I think Dough's are too big and too sweet (I would say share with another person, for sure, as I could only eat 1/2 of one). DP's yeast raised are too chewy for me. I do like DP's cake ones though.

        I've heard good things about Balthazar's doughnuts or Doughnuttery's mini ones.

        The best doughnuts I've had have been in Portland, LA, and Chicago, not NYC, unfortunately.

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        1. re: kathryn

          Yes, sorry I meant Doughnut Plant. Thanks for suggesting the additional searches!

        2. Peter Pan donuts in greenpoint is destination worthy- their french cruller is ethereal and eggy.
          The donut pub on w14th st can be good- stick to the classics and ask what is warm, but avoid the cake style ones

          The doughnuttery in chelsea market is worth a stop if you're in the area- mini donuts made to order with flavored sugar of your choice.

          1. I prefer Dough over Doughnut Plant.

            However, I prefer the doughnuts on the dessert menu at Flex Mussels even more. You can get them with a variety of filling such as meyer lemon curd, salted caramel, peach compote, or boozy gooey stuff!