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My Donut Pub Addiction – NYC

September 29, 2011 | 9 Comments
croissant donut @ donut pub cruller @ donut pub
red velvet @ donut pub blueberrry crumble @ donut pub

There are many fancy doughnut shops in New York, but sometimes you just want a doughnut, no fuss, nothing complicated, just simple and sweet. Those are the kind of doughnuts you’ll find at The Donut Pub, a 24/7 doughnut shop operating on 14th Street since 1964. It’s the kind of doughnuts you imagine cops to eat, and in reality, they do. Two weeks ago, I saw two of New York’s Finest at The Donut Pub on a pick-up. I’m not sure which doughnuts they got, but here’s my top five.

red velvet doughnut @ donut pub

If you’re still not over the red velvet cupcake craze of 2007, try a red velvet donut ($1.15). If anything red velvet annoys you, order it anyway and just close your eyes while you’re eating it. It’s basically a light chocolate cake doughnut with a crackly sugar glaze. Nothing wrong with that. Holes and minis also come in red velvet flavor. I like the holes because they’re a bit fluffier than the regular doughnuts. The holes are 3 for $1.40, but if you catch the older gentleman behind the counter on a good day, he’ll throw in an extra one for free.

b&w boston creme @ donut pub

I also like the cream-filled yeast doughnuts at The Donut Pub. The outside is squishy and the smooth cream reminds me of the supermarket vanilla pudding I used to eat as a child. Again, nothing fancy at The Donut Pub. It’s all about nostalgia and sugar. The cream is found in several of their doughnuts, but I like the black & white Boston creme ($1.15).

b&w boston creme @ donut pub

Because sometimes, just one frosting isn’t enough. Also, the vanilla side balances out the intense sweetness of the chocolate.

cruller @ donut pub

Speaking of sweet, I love the French cruller ($1.50) at The Donut Pub. The twisted eggy dough is airy, tender but not too chewy, and the exterior is all sweet sugar glaze. It’s just about perfect.

Jelly doughnuts are always my favorite though, and the ones at The Donut Pub are no exception. There’s nothing special about the jelly there. In fact, it’s lumpy and slightly artificial in taste (i’ve been told it’s raspberry jelly, but to me it just tastes red), but it’s sweet and satisfies your inner child. What I do really like is that they have regular sugar-coated jelly doughnuts. Some people like powder sugar, but I like the crunch of regular sugar on doughnuts. If you don’t, they have powder sugar doughnuts as well.

croissant donut @ donut pub

If you like sugar, jelly, and croissants, however, go there Saturday morning for the croissant doughnut ($2.25).

croissant donut @ donut pub

It’s a jelly-filled, sugar-coated doughnut shaped like a croissant with croissant-like layers. Not a million layers like a good croissant, but just enough. I especially like the slightly crisp ends. (Cream-filled is also available.) It’s amazingly good, but alas, they only make a dozen every Saturday. Get there early, or at least early enough to beat me. I’ve been there two Saturdays in a row.

blueberrry crumble @ donut pub

If you want better fruit filling, opt for the blueberry crumb cruller ($2.25), a glazed, streusel-topped, doughnut stick filled with blue filling that actually tastes like blueberries. I’d prefer if the streusel topping was crunchier, but in general, you can’t be too picky at The Donut Pub. It’s not one of those places. It’s a place you go to simply eat and enjoy. Forty-seven years and counting.

The Donut Pub
203 West 14th Street (b/n 7th & 8th Ave; map)
New York, NY
212-929-0126

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9 Comments

  • Meister @ The Nervous Cook at 9:18 am on September 30, 2011

    I walk past this place about a zillion times a day and have never gone in. Granted, I’m not terrifically fond of donuts, but there is some kind of siren song coming from the Donut Pub that makes me look in longingly every time…

  • James at 11:04 am on September 30, 2011

    Woo! I love the Donut Pub :) Swinging by for a handful of doughnuts holes is one of the happier parts of walking along 14th St.

  • hungry at 3:26 pm on September 30, 2011

    Ohh la la! I love doughnuts. I’m happy that they’re slowly dominating the cupcake craze.

  • bionicgrrrl at 11:08 pm on October 2, 2011

    @Meister – Give it a shot. Sit at the counter, order a doughnut and a coffee. You’ll feel like you’re in old New York.

    @James – Definitely one of the better spots on that street.

    @hungry – Cupcakes are OK, but I need variety. One can’t live on cupcakes alone.

  • Stephanie at 11:06 am on October 6, 2011

    Now that you’ve tried Donut Pub, you must venture to Greenpoint and hit Peter Pan Donuts on Manhattan Avenue. Same old-school vibe, with lots of counter space, and both old-fashioned favorites (the marble crullers are great) and new creations (love the one filled with chocolate mousse).

  • BigB at 1:57 pm on October 6, 2011

    Nice list, I love the Donut Pub. Living halfway between Donut Pub and Doughnut Plant has been a nightmare for my diet!

    I do have to say, if you have never tried it, give the plain (ie, yellow cake) chocolate dipped donut a try. There is something about their chocolate that gives it a crunch you don’t get at other places. This also happens to be the ultimate coffee-dunking donut!

  • EatLoveNY at 11:10 pm on October 6, 2011

    Thanks for the list! I’d probably be frozen with indecision if not for this. Will definitely check it out.

  • Danny at 2:49 pm on October 7, 2011

    this be awesome. i like chocolate creme. their version is mighty good. gotta try the red velvet one next time though!

  • bionicgrrrl at 5:41 pm on October 7, 2011

    @Stephanie – I have but haven’t posted yet cuz I’m still doing research! ;) So far, really like their coconut cream.

    @BigB – I love recs! Keep them coming!

    @EatLoveNY – Do it!

    @Danny – Yup, Donut Pub be awesome.

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