Donut Pub Vs. Landbrot: Battle of the Jelly Donuts

On the left, slightly the more diminutive, the plain jelly donut from the sainted Donut Pub on 14th Street. On the right, the Berliner from Landbrot on Seventh Avenue.

There's an upstart jelly donut in town. It's called the Berliner, and it recently appeared at Landbrot, a new German bakery in town that fills a niche we never knew existed.

The place also sells pastries, some interesting and some not, plus a luncheon menu including several sausages, large of length and served in big buns with homemade condiments, plus meal-size salads and sandwiches.

This sortie in the jelly-donut wars occurs during an era when the hideous Dunkin' Donuts chain has driven away many of our favorite native sinkers parlors. Donut Pub is one of the few left in Manhattan, turning out reliable baked and fried donuts, bear claws, éclairs, and the like, and regaling us with coffee that's awful by contemporary standards, though we didn't know it back then, or didn't let on.

The Donut Pub's jelly is $1.15, a bargain price by today's standards, while Landbrot's is $3, a little steeper. Both are good in their way, the Donut Pub's cakier, a little sweeter, while Landbrot's has a tougher and more open texture, and less jelly -- which may be a deal killer for some. Neither jelly filling was identifiably of one kind or another, though. But that just goes with the jelly-donut territory.

As John F. Kennedy said in 1963, "I am a jelly donut."

The cranberry walnut loaf at Landbrot, made with coarse whole-wheat flour and very good.

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The Donut Pub

203 W. 14th St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

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i'm intrigued with the bread loaves. Did you try some? WHat's the price range?


so far haven't tried the bread, but have tried the poppy seed danish (great), linzer cake (weird, but pretty good), berliner (meh, wish it were cakier), frankfurter (unspeakably bland), and farmer's bratwurst (rustic and gigantic). Will try the bread tomorrow.


DId you go today, Robert? I stopped by and wow, the breads are expensive! Yes, these are all artisan quality, but for some reasons, I would rather buy from the local vendors at the Union Square Greenmarket instead.  Lovely display though, but wished things were more clearly labelled.  And yes, the breads are vegan, too bad the bretzels aren't. :*(


Maybe they bake in the basement? Yea, I just couldn't justify 7.50 for a loaf of bread, though it is a large loaf. Hmm...cranberry walnut...I wanted to try the pumpkin seeded and rye rolls, but traded the $3 for a brezeln.


They say the breads are all made on premises, though can't see how they have enough room. I picked the cranberry walnut bread, a boule, made with very coarse whole wheat, creating a thick crumbly crust. Really, a great loaf, and I never expected it. But pricey at $7.50, I think. Have put a picture of it up after the donuts.


I just might bump into you then. :) Heard the rye loaves are very popular, but I got my eyes on the seeded rolls, but read that the breads aren't vegan :*(

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