I typically don’t post on Mondays, but this was kind of an emergency.
Simply put: get yourself to Underwest Donuts. As soon as humanly possible.
I think we can all agree that I love doughnuts. And New York City. And unusual locales.
Welcome to a doughnut shop. In NYC. In a car wash.
Cue angels singing.
I don’t even know how this came on my radar – all I remember is bookmarking the site and channeling my inner Liz Lemon.
I met Annie (always game for an NYC adventure, that one) at one of the oldest still-in-operation car washes in the city. I didn’t know what to expect but, as best as I could document it, here’s what I found:
It’s a legit car wash – servicing a seemingly never-ending stream of cars (mainly of the taxi and town car variety). You need to walk through the doughnut shop to get to that part of the car wash where you simultaneously track your car’s progress while marveling at the vast array of air fresheners (Sunberry Cooler?).
But I digress. It’s really about the doughnuts.
Don’t let the location fool you – Scott Levine is an accomplished chef with some impressive stints (Chanterelle and il Laboratorio del Gelatoto, to name a few) to his credit. A serious sweet tooth doesn’t hurt either.
He installed a Belshaw Adamatic Donut Robot to help turn out consistent, perfectly cooked doughnuts in his tiny shop.
Right – the doughnuts.
In the name of “research” I consumed, over the course of the day, four amazing doughnuts (two on the spot and two – uh – later). Brown Butter, Espresso Bean, Coconut Lime and my very favorite – Halvah.
photo credit: Bobby Doherty for Grub Street
Scott was super nice too (he even posed for a picture!), and I hope he is as successful in this venture as his delicious doughnuts deserve to be!
What’s the most unusual place you’ve ever eaten?