NYC’s Most Unusual Doughnuts

April 28, 2014 6:00 AM

The city’s most unusual donuts go beyond Boston cream and honey dip. In some cases, they even go beyond round. But no matter how wild or wacky, the donuts described below share one common characteristic: they’re all utterly yummy. By Jessica Allen.


Dominique Ansel Bakery
189 Spring Street
New York, NY 10012
(212) 219-2773

A Cronut is to a donut as a tiger or lion is to a liger: a very wonderful hybrid. Almost a year after pastry chef Dominique Ansel introduced his Cronut to the world, the breakfast treat/dessert shows no sign of diminishing in popularity, not even when his eponymous bakery is also selling all-in-one chocolate chip cookie-and-milk shots or traditional French pastries, not even when the line stretches around the block.

(credit: Garrett Ziegler)

(credit: Garrett Ziegler)

Foie Gras Doughnut

Do or Dine
1108 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11216
(718) 684-2290

Made by the talented pastry chefs at nearby Dough, Do or Dine’s foie gras doughnut is as decadent as it sounds. Imagine a jam-filled donut, but replace the jam with candy-like foie gras. But how does it eat? Like the ultimate sweet-savory starter. The whimsical menu at this Bed-Stuy restaurant has such other dishes as “fawn-tons” made with jarlsberg and venison and “you’ve got quail” with consomme and polenta.

(credit: Garrett Ziegler)

(credit: Garrett Ziegler)

Maple Miso Doughnut

Dough Loco
1261 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10029
(212) 876-1980

In 2013, Navy vet Corey Cova opened Dough Loco, a bakery in East Harlem specializing in, as you’d get from the name, kind of crazy creations. Among his most popular are the spicy raspberry Sriracha, smooth pineapple-brown butter, and the mild maple miso, with a sugary umami bite. He makes them one small batch at a time, so check Facebook or Twitter to see whether he’s run out (he often does by late afternoon).

(credit: Garrett Ziegler)

(credit: Garrett Ziegler)

Root Beer Doughnut

222 Montrose Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11206
(347) 294-0871

The first time we tried a bite of Dun-Well’s root beer doughnut, we called it a bit of “sarsaparilla heaven.” Somehow this pastry—this carb-heavy, golden pastry—tasted exactly like a long slow swallow of root beer. If you don’t go in for soda, you can get one of the many, many other mad flavors made at this vegan bakery in East Williamsburg, including Cadbury cream egg, chai tea, sweet potato pie, black licorice, and candy bar.

(credit: Garrett Ziegler)

(credit: Garrett Ziegler)

Square Doughnuts

Doughnut Plant
379 Grand Street
New York, NY 10002
(212) 505-3700

Two things stand out about the offerings at the Doughnut Plant: the shape, and the flavor. You can’t talk about one without the other, so here’s a sampling of some of what we’ve gobbled over the years: a marzipan star, a gingerbread circle covered with candied ginger, a triple chocolate mint round, a peanut butter and blackberry jam square, and a coconut-cream filled square. Everything is freshly made, intensely flavored, and begging to be gobbled.

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