In my book, a donut is always a DO. I’m not sure when this breakfast (but secretly dessert) craze began, but I feel like I blinked and donuts have infiltrated every menu. If you’re going to go for it, these are my top picks for the best donuts in NYC. Read on and try not to drool.
Underwest Donuts – Tucked away in a car wash on the West Side Highway, this relative newcomer to the donut game has been getting some serious press. It’s worth the trek on a weekend morning if you have the time to stroll up there with a coffee in hand. Don’t miss the maple cookie donut, please oh please.
Orwasher’s Bakery – This tiny upper east side bakery makes simple, classic donuts that they fill with a homemade jam of your choice before your very eyes. It doesn’t get much fresher than this. I chose a plain donut with raspberry jam and was a happy camper til the last bite.
Doughnuttery – If committing to an entire donut is not in the cards, head over to Chelsea Market to visit Doughnuttery, which serves up bite-sized donuts in a rainbow of flavors. My favorites are the classic, the coco loco, and the pb&j.
Sullivan Street Bakery – One of my all-time favorite spots in my neighborhood, this Chelsea gem is not known for their donuts but happens to serve up some of the best in the city (in addition to incredible freshly-baked bread and espresso). Their’s are technically bomboloni, which are Italian donuts filled with custard or jam. They are light as a feather and you will leave wishing you had the wherewithal to have purchased a second.
The Doughnut Project – If inventive toppings and flavors are your bag, head straight for The Doughnut Project on Morton Street. I sampled an everything bagel-flavored donut (complete with cream cheese icing) and a chocolate frosted donut topped with pretzel and potato chip crumbles, but check the menu because it changes regularly and everything is small batch.