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Morning Doughnut Fun at Doughnut Plant – NYC

February 18, 2011 | 15 Comments

vanilla bean blackberry jelly @ doughnut plant

This past Sunday was spent eating Chinese food, but the previous Sunday was spent eating doughnuts, er…. and then eating Chinese food. Nicholas was back in town and we decided to meet up for some doughnut fun at Doughnut Plant. His sister (T), Robyn, and Robyn’s friend Alex also joined in on the morning doughnut eating action. Of course at first there was a lot of bitchin’ on my part because Nick wanted to meet at 10 am and at one point someone suggested 9 am. My reaction: ‘Hell to the no!’ After many, many emails (all protests on my part), we finally settled on 10:30. As expected, I was late, Nick almost missed his bus back to Philly (SORRY!), and many tasty doughnuts were eaten.

Jelly-filled doughnuts are always my favorite and this time was no exception. On that particular morning, they didn’t have the Peanut Butter Glaze & Blackberry Jelly Doughnut I wrote about last year, so instead I got the Vanilla Bean Glaze & Blackberry Jelly Yeast Doughnut ($2.75). Unlike the peanut butter glaze, the flavor of the vanilla glaze is less prominent, so the Vanilla/Blackberry Doughnut was more about the squishy, chewy texture and the blackberry jelly. Not a bad thing. The main two reasons I love Doughnut Plant is the texture of the yeast doughnuts and the not-so-crazy-sweet jelly. I still love the Peanut Butter Glaze, but this one is up there. I have a big Doughnut Plant loving heart… just not too early in the morning.

creme brulee @ doughnut plant

I split a Crème Brûlée Doughnut ($3) with Nicholas and I thought it was pretty delicious. It’s a small yeast doughnut filled with vanilla custard and topped with a golden candy-like sugar shell. Serious Eats complained the custard had a gritty texture, but I found the custard to be smooth and light. Perhaps they got a bad doughnut? In addition, I liked the caramelized sugar shell that cracked and crunched upon bite just as a good crème brûlée crust should. My only complaint? It’s a wee small, especially when sharing. Don’t even think of sharing this one. It’s gone in two bites, possibly one if you don’t care about modesty.

meyer lemon @ doughnut plant

The Meyer Lemon Doughnut ($2.50) is another winner. There’s no filling, but it’s glazed and sprinkled with bright lemon zest making the doughnut seem incredibly light. It’s much larger than the Crème Brûlée Doughnut, but it’ll disappear just as quick. Each bite practically melts in your mouth.

This past Monday, Doughnut Plant opened in the lobby of the Chelsea Hotel with three new doughnut flavors (“deconstructed” chocolate chip, salted peanut, and oatmeal). I haven’t been yet, but I’m sure that will change soon. One day, but sometime late in the afternoon.

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

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15 Comments

  • Someguy at 10:18 pm on February 18, 2011

    Wow beat that Dunkin! Two and half donuts in one sitting?

  • Nicholas at 10:29 pm on February 18, 2011

    I didn’t miss my bus. I got on a random bus. I figured it was 50/50 whether I was headed back to Philly or up to Boston. Seemed like good odds.

    Next time… ONE DOZEN CREME BRULEE DONUTS.

  • bionicgrrrl at 10:47 pm on February 18, 2011

    @Someguy – I shared the lemon too, and when I got home shared the jelly w/ my BF. Later in the day I kinda wished I didn’t. :(

    @Nicholas – Yay for the random bus not being so random, or random in the right way! And don’t forget jelly. I NEED MAH JELLY DOUGHNUT!

  • Rodzilla at 11:03 pm on February 18, 2011

    I heard that Nicholas guy has some qualms about pricing, but I’d pay double+ to get my hands on one of these.

  • Danny at 10:40 am on February 23, 2011

    Doughnuts! Man, y’all are brave to wake up so early for donuts. 10:30 in the morning?! That’s crazytown.

  • bionicgrrrl at 12:10 pm on February 23, 2011

    @Rodzilla – Double!!! Wow, they are quite good, but hope Mark Isreal didn’t read that.

    @Danny – Fellow sleepyheads UNITE!

  • esther at 3:16 pm on February 23, 2011

    hold up. Robyn and Nicholas are related?! I’m so confused right now.

    10:30 IS early for a Saturday morning (says the girl who invited you to a 10:30 event!) =)

  • Nicholas at 8:08 pm on February 23, 2011

    LOL let me clarify, since someone else asked that on Twitter too. I can see why it could be confusing as written, but my sister (who is not Robyn) was also in attendance… although Robyn is very much like a big sister to me haha.

  • bionicgrrrl at 9:25 pm on February 23, 2011

    @esther – You know as I wrote it I was thinking, this is freaking confusing, but I didn’t want to name Nick’s sis in case she’s one of those private types that doesn’t want her name out there. And yes, 10:30 is early and I will be at your event. I will most probably be grumpy though, but I’m sure you’ll understand.

    @Nicholas – I hope I’m a big sister type too and not a crazy aunt!

  • bionicgrrrl at 10:10 pm on February 23, 2011

    @esther & Nicholas – OK, so it’s less confusing, I added “(T).”

  • someguy at 10:00 am on February 24, 2011

    Wish I could wake up that late.

    You could be the HOT Aunt.

  • someguy at 12:02 pm on February 24, 2011

    *You are the HOT Aunt.

  • bionicgrrrl at 4:06 pm on February 24, 2011

    @someguy – Thx!

  • ellen w at 6:42 pm on February 28, 2011

    That looks so good. I love the pomegranate doughnut. They only serve it in a certain season.

  • bionicgrrrl at 11:23 pm on November 23, 2011

    @ellen – Going to look for it!

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