10 Best Doughnuts in New York

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Doughnuts may just be bits of dough, dropped into hot oil, but a fine piece of fried dough can be a truly beautiful thing. From classic cake doughnuts and glorious yeasted beasts, to creamy stuffed buns, here are our 10 favorites in NYC right now.

Don't see your favorite here? Tell us all about it in the comments.

10. Dun-Well
It's Christmas in July right now at Christopher Hollowell and Daniel Dunbar's Williamsburg shop, which means the staff saunters about in velvet Santa gear, celebrating with dense, chocolate-peppermint doughnuts. We like Dun-Well's fun, laid-back approach to vegan baking. And this glazed wreath, dusted with cinnamon sugar, is a nice sweet puff of holiday cheer. 222 Montrose Avenue, Brooklyn

9. The Donut Pub
This narrow, tiled shop on 14th Street has been slinging its simple, classic doughnuts since the early 1960s. The next time you're looking for something affordable and celebratory, keep in mind that a dozen chocolate dippers--the Pub's chocolate cake doughnut with a chocolate glaze--will make a suitable, if somewhat trashy substitute, for an actual cake. 203 West 14th Street

8. Orwasher's
Keith Cohen updated the original Orwasher's, an Upper East Side bakery founded in 1916, when he bought it in 2007. He also decided to revive and continue some of the bakery's old traditions, like the jelly doughnuts. The super-light yeast buns are fried off site, then filled to-order with extremely tasty jams from Beth's Farm Kitchen. The strawberry, pictured, is delightful. 308 East 78th Street

Location Info

Pies 'N' Thighs

166 S. Fourth St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Restaurant

Bottega Falai

265 Lafayette St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

606 R&D

606 Vanderbilt Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Peter Pan Bakery

727 Manhattan Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Restaurant

Doughnut Plant

379 Grand St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant


305 Franklin Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Restaurant

DuMont Burger

314 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Restaurant

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Thanks for the list! Many doughnuts to eat. Tried Dough at The Bowery Diner (Rhubarb glaze and Sugar cake) and wasn't impressed but also understand I need to go to the source to get a better taste...and then I'll probably still be a Doughnut Plant gal. Coconut yeast! Tres Leches cake!! Creme Brulee!!! Will give the others a shot (I like Peter Pan but being organicgal...have a soft spot for all things local and/or organic...especially if they taste good which I know not everything local and organic does).

Jeff Friedman
Jeff Friedman

well i will try ... what are our top ten donuts ???


If you have not tried it, please please please give the powdered creme (the yellow bavarian) donut a try at The Donut Pub, and perhaps the French Cruller (on a good day). It will sure to elevate The Donut Pub's rank a few notches, or so I hope. I agree that they are not the all around best, but a few varieties are remarkable.

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