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I Heart Doughnuts Only at Doughnut Plant – NYC

June 3, 2010 | 13 Comments

pb&j @ doughnut plant

I’ve been quite busy the last few days. I have visitors from out-of-town (so fun, but I feel like death!), contractors all up in my crib (argh, drilling and banging at eight in the morning!), new projects at work (I need a raise!), and I’m going to court tonight (wish me luck!). But because I love you guys, and because tomorrow is National Doughnut Day, I thought I’d write a short post about the doughnuts I ate this weekend.

As many of you know, I’m not crazy about doughnuts (Doughnuts remind me of being forced to got to church when I was little. After church there were always doughnuts. The smell of powdered sugar now makes me want to puke. I have issues, don’t judge.), but I’m completely smitten with the doughnuts at the Doughnut Plant. I like their doughnuts because they actually taste like something beyond sugar, flour, and grease. Before this weekend, the square jelly-filled was my favorite, but now I’m in love with the Peanut Butter Glaze & Blackberry Jelly Yeast Doughnut ($2.75). It’s their squishy square yeast doughnut filled with organic blackberry jelly, lightly glazed with sugary peanut butter, and sprinkled with chopped nuts. It’s sweet, but not overly so, and has the perfect proportion of peanut butter flavor to jelly; more jelly than peanut butter, just how I like my pb&j sandwiches.

mango @ doughnut plant

I also had a sugar glazed Mango Cake Doughnut ($2.25). I never get too excited about the cake doughnuts at Doughnut Plant. There’s nothing wrong with them, but if I want cake, I rather go to a bakery. I want my doughnuts to be airy and fluffy, like little fried pillows, not like dense cakes. The Mango was moist with a subtle mango flavor, and the sugar glaze was nice and light, but again it was a cake doughnut, it didn’t wow me.

Next week, I hope to be less busy so I can post more, but until then, Happy National Donut Day! Eat a doughnut or two, and let me know in the comments if you come across an especially delicious one. Share the love please.

Doughnut Plant
379 Grand St (b/n Essex & Norfolk St; map)
New York, NY 10002
212-505-3700

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13 Comments

  • Connie at 8:04 pm on June 3, 2010

    Love that top photo, really want that doughnut. I have never seen doughnuts like that in my life (used to see only Dunkin, saw them at church after service growing up as well). I need to get to the Lower East Side more often. So glad you posted this!

  • Nicholas at 9:03 pm on June 3, 2010

    Absolutely smitten with their apple cinnamon yeast donuts (around Thanksgiving), although I can’t say I dislike any of their ever changing flavors.

    Hmm… any opinion on Mister Donut?

  • someguy at 8:53 am on June 4, 2010

    Happy National Donut Day! I just had two donuts and a coffee from Dunkin Donuts. Doughnut Plant is great, they have such an interesting selection. Good luck in court, maybe you should bring some donuts.

  • Danny at 10:44 am on June 4, 2010

    i was wowed by the freeness of my krispy kreme donut this morning. awesomes!

  • bionicgrrrl at 12:42 pm on June 4, 2010

    @Connie – Ahhh!!! What’s up with church people and Dunkin Donuts! Definitely check out Doughnut Plant. They make the only doughnuts I ever crave.

    @Nicholas – Ooh, I saw MD in Seoul, but I didn’t try it. There was just too much other stuff to eat!

    @someguy – Court sucked. I have to go back in a few months. I think the other guy may win on a technicality…. No doughnuts for him!!!

    @Danny – Freeness is sweet!

  • Chris at 6:13 pm on June 4, 2010

    Randomly ran into your site and wanted to say GREAT FOOD PHOTOS…and yes happy national donut day. Donut plant is my fav but, waiting to try peter pan donuts.

  • c at 2:13 am on June 5, 2010

    this place is pure bliss. the texture of these chewy doughnuts is unparalleled!

  • kim at 7:49 am on June 6, 2010

    Have you tried Holey Cream? THey offer the donut sandwich (scoops of ice-cream sandwiched between a selected donut). This creation is offered at Peter Pan as well. Good luck at court!

  • wonders at 11:42 am on June 7, 2010

    Great, I just read your doughnut post and Doughnut Plant is not open on Mondays ! LOL -=( boo….I love their coconut creme doughnuts!

  • bionicgrrrl at 11:53 am on June 7, 2010

    @Chris – Never tried Peter Pan donuts. Must try! Especially since Tina Fey wants to violate them!

    @c – Yes, I love the chewiness too.

    @kim – OMG, looks like I need to go to Peter Pan soon!

    @wonders – Tomorrow is another day!

  • Eileen at 2:36 pm on June 10, 2010

    Omg, I’ve only recently experienced Doughnut Plant although I’ve heard so many good things about it before. I love their Creme Brulee, and can’t wait to go back and try their more summery flavors!! <3

  • Eileen at 2:41 pm on June 10, 2010

    Btw, I’ve like just discovered your blog and I must say I’m really impressed by your food-photography skills. These pics look fabulously tantalizing!!

  • bionicgrrrl at 3:29 pm on June 10, 2010

    @Eileen – Thanks, and yes, I want summery flavors too!

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