All week I have been dreaming of doughnuts. And not just any doughnuts, Doughnut Plant doughnuts. Though Andy doesn’t love sweets, he does appreciate a good doughnut (accompanied by a cup of Twinings Earl Grey) so I managed to convince him that we should stop off in the Lower East Side on our way back from brunch in Brooklyn. I had only been once before and if I wasn’t convinced then, I certainly am now: I believe these are the best doughnuts I’ve ever had. I don’t say this lightly: the next time you come to New York City, you absolutely have to stop in and then tell me if you agree.
They have yeast doughnuts, cake doughnuts and even churros and cinnamon buns. Get your dribble cloth ready: their featured flavors right now are blueberry, lavender flower, peanut butter glaze with blackberry jelly, vanilla bean glaze with blackberry jelly, tres leches, banana pecan, banana cream, peach, creme brulee, Valrhrona chocolate, and my all time favorite doughnut….behold, the coconut glaze with coconut cream.
What I love about these doughnuts is that the dough is not too sweet, that all-natural glaze and desiccated coconut does the sweetening. And look at that silky coconut cream running throughout! While Andy ate his in about 30 seconds flat and loved it (he got vanilla bean glaze with blackberry jam), he maintains that the best doughnut he ever ate was a warm Krispy Kreme fresh off the line in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. I can’t really argue with that, a fresh Krispy Kreme original is pure heaven. But for me, the great doughnut ever is found at Doughnut Plant.
My husband and I went here – on your recommendation – when we visited NY in April. They were amazing! We’re moving to the NYC area in a couple weeks and I can’t wait to go back!
I love Andy. Doughnuts are just one of the many issues he and I agree on.
I’ve enjoyed the Doughnut Plant coconut doughnut, and it is indeed special. But when the red light’s on, there is nothing like a Krispy Kreme!
Kristi Lyons says
My husband and I always take our kids to do something special for their birthdays. Our oldest turned six on May 25th and we were excited to show our girls the art of doughnut origami. The delicate, yet powerful practice of folding a warm Krispy Kreme so that the whole thing goes in your mouth at one time.
Not surprising, they mastered it almost immediately.
Doughnut Plant does have good doughnuts, yes. (I especially love the square creme ones. Filling in every bite? Ingenious!) However! The next time you are in Brooklyn for brunch, stay there and go to Dough in Clinton Hill. Believe it or not, I think these are even better than the doughnut plant! (They also bring their goods to the Brooklyn Flea in Ft. Greene every Saturday, too!)
These look amazing…are they really huge? The ones in the top photo look giant, for some reason. How do they make them square?
Andy is a good man! 🙂 I’m partial to Krispy Kreme since I’m from the South. That Hot Now sign draws poeple in like a moth to a light! However, we have some great artisan doughnut makers in GA that are excellent! Would love to visit the Doughnut Plant one day as I saw the owners story a few years back on the Food Network.
Jersey Girl Cooks says
Love that place! The carrot cake was one of my favorites but I have never had the creme brulee or coconut cream. I agree that they rule over Kispy Kreme 🙂
Mal @ The Chic Geek says
I love donuts, these look wonderful, I’ve never been to Donut Plant but have heard great things about them
Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray says
I’m so with you on Doughnut Plant–amaaaaazing. The Chocolate Blackout takes the cake for me, but the Creme Brulee was a close second. Mm, now I’m craving doughtnuts too…
the banana pecan is my favorite! and they’re so filling!