Feelin, funkin, amps in the trunk and I got more rhymes
than there’s cops at a Dunkin’ Donuts shop
Sho’ nuff, I got props
Okay – I have zero props.
I also have zero clue as to what took me so long to do a doughnut round up for you. I mean, blog name???
But here we are. And here we go.
By now you ALL know how much I love doughnuts. I will go near and far to sample the latest, and though I consider myself to be fairly disciplined, I am helpless in the face of pretty much any kind of doughnut.
Even Dunkin’ Donuts.
But if you follow me on Instagram you KNOW that there’s more. So. Much. More.
So here they are, my absolute faves, from all across the tri-state. And much like my ice cream and candy round-ups, it’s by no means scientific, definitive or all-inclusive. And you can believe that as I root out more I will add them right here.
But for now, and without further ado (all photos from Instagram)…..
The Love: Hands-down the halvah doughnut – glazed cake topped with shredded halvah. One of the best I’ve ever had, and I am just grateful that I don’t live closer. Though they now ship. (Facebook/Instagram/Twitter)
The Deal: NYC’s first all-vegan doughnut shop. But you’d never know it. Fresh, locally sourced ingredients and an ever-changing menu mean multiple trips throughout the year. For research.
The Doughnut Project
The Deal: Small batch, handcrafted yeast doughnuts with unusual glazes and toppings like the “Everything” doughnut.
The Love: I have to say I’m smitten with the “Wayney Wonder” – salted chocolate glaze with buttered pretzel, Ritz, & potato chip crumble. And after one too many disappointing bacon-topped doughnuts, TDP’s maple bacon bar DELIVERS. (Facebook/Instagram/Twitter)
The Doughnut Pub
The Deal: Old school doughnut shop, dating back to the ’60’s. All your favorites.
Peter Pan Donuts
The Deal: I’ve not been to the bakery, I discovered these doughnuts at the charming Brooklyn Farmacy. But I “sampled” enough to confirm that their place on pretty much every “Best Doughnuts in NYC” list is well-deserved.
The Love: If, like me, you agree that a solid chocolate cake doughnut is hard to come by? Your search ends here.
The Deal: This bakery has been making filled-to-order doughnuts (using fresh, locally-sourced jam) for more than 100 years.
The Love: When the goods are this fresh I keep it simple. And glazed.
These last two shops are outside the NYC area – but if you’re willing to trek to the wild and wooly burbs you will be well-rewarded.
Hot Dippity Donuts
The Deal: Located in a bagel shop in a generic strip mall in Croton-on-Hudson, made to order cake doughnuts are finished with glaze and topping selections reaching froyo shop levels. Create your own doughnut or choose from the “recommended” combinations.
The Love: No surprises here – I loved “Vanilla Nilla” and “Sandy Beach”. (Facebook)
The Deal: Also located in a strip mall (this one in New Jersey), high-quality ingredients go into these doughnuts, which are made in small batches throughout the day.
The Love: Was I NOT going to sample the Italian Rainbow doughnut? It’s exactly what you think. Super-sized and made for sharing IMO, this could have looked like a hot mess. But props to this shop for turning out fresh delicious doughnuts that look so impeccable too. (Facebook/Instagram/Twitter)
Okay – give it to me. Who did I leave out? What doughnut have I NOT have, yet MUST?