This is part two of a series of posts detailing the food I ate during an April 2011 trip to New York. See part one here.
I don’t eat doughnut’s a lot because they’re unhealthy, but that’s not to say I don’t enjoy them. Who can deny the allure of maddeningly sweet glaze innocently covering a cottony ring of dough? I can’t, but because I don’t go out of my way to eat doughnuts—you shouldn’t either—my doughnut palate has been limited to mainly Krispy Kreme and Dunkin Donut doughnuts. Luckily, I recently visited a popular doughnut shop in New York called Doughnut Plant.
Doughnut Plant does one thing and does it well—make doughnuts. Their primary location in the lower east side of Manhattan is cramped. There’s barely enough room for a line of ten people, which means that the line usually starts outside of the actual store. While it lacks in leg room, Doughnut Plant churns out enough doughnuts to supply over fifteen different stores with their doughnuts. Grocery store Dean & Deluca sells Doughnut Plant doughnuts, as does Citarella, Zabar, Joe the Art of Coffee, Orens Daily Roast, and Agata & Valentina.
Although Doughnut Plant recently opened up a second location in the Chelsea district, the original located in Lower East Side has garnered over 1,000 reviews on Yelp, averaging four and a half stars out of five. These high praises are well-deserved, since biting into a Doughnut Plant doughnut felt like biting into a completely different kind of food. The glaze was soft and soothing, unlike Krispy Kreme glaze which often hardens and flakes. The insides was fluffy, chewy, and stretched as I tore a piece off the ring. Doughnut plant creates its own jams for jam-filled doughnuts and utilizes high quality ingredients for a spectacular doughnut-eating experience.
I ordered two yeast doughnuts, one that was vanilla bean flavored and one that was chocolate flavored. Also, Doughnut Plant’s assortment of doughnut flavors vary widely and change daily.
Lastly, if you happen to be craving doughnuts but want to eat healthy, try this recipe from 101cookbooks.com! I haven’t tried it yet but may in the future.
379 Grand Street
New York, NY 10002