Donut lovers, rejoice! If you’ve been wondering where you can get your hands on hot, fresh, perfect donuts, we have the answer. We’ve researched the best donuts in NYC, from vegan donuts to gourmet donuts to out of this world flavors, and everything in between. There’s something for every palate! So grab a coffee or glass of milk and get ready to visit one (or more) of these best donut shops in NYC.
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The Doughnut Project
Throw everything you know about donuts out the window. These yeasty, flawlessly fluffy delights will have you in awe. Home of the world famous Everything Doughnut, the doughnut that is topped with the same seeds from an everything bagel and drizzled with a sweet cream cheese glaze, The Doughnut Project makes it point to experiment with all kinds of wondrous flavors. Flavors like Olive Oil and Black Pepper (The Bronx), or beet glaze dipped donut filled with ricotta whipped cream. Get yours before they sell out (which they do).
912 7th Ave.
New York, NY 10019
The Doughnut Project website: thedoughnutproject.com
The Doughnut Project hours: Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. (or until sold out), Sat.-Sun., 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. (or until sold out)
Cost of a doughnut at The Doughnut Project: $2.50 - $4.25
The Doughnut Plant
The pioneer in gourmet donuts, The Doughnut Plant started in 1994, and they haven’t looked back since. Everything is made in house from scratch, including all glazes and jams. They created the original Crème Brûlée donut, as well as the revolutionary idea of making their jelly donuts square – so you get jelly with every bite. And don’t miss their small batch roasted coffee! With additional locations in Brooklyn, Queens, Chelsea, and Grand Central Terminal, you’re never too far from your own Doughnut Plant dessert.
379 Grand St.
New York, NY 10012
212-505-3700, ext. 379
The Doughnut Plant website: doughnutplant.com
The Doughnut Plant hours: Sun. – Thurs., 6:30 a.m. – 8 p.m., Fri. – Sat., 6: 30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Cost of a doughnut at The Doughnut Plant: $3 - $4.75
Can’t decide on what flavor donut you’re in the mood for? No problem, Dun-Well Doughnuts have 200 rotating flavors, like peanut butter and jelly, blueberry French toast, lemon raspberry, and vanilla chip, just to name a few. Oh and guess what? Dun–Well Doughnuts is entirely vegan. They have another location in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, too.
102 St. Marks St.
New York, NY 10009
Dun-Well Doughnuts website: dunwelldoughnuts.com
Dun-Well Doughnuts hours: Sun. – Thurs., 9 a.m. – 10 p.m., Fri. – Sat., 9 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Cost of a doughnut at Dun-Well Doughnuts: $1.50 - $2.75
Dough’s yeast donut flavors are inspired by Latin American culture and tradition, like dulce de leche with almonds, hibiscus, and passion fruit, for example. But they also have other fun flavors like cheesecake, Nutella, and salted chocolate caramel. Plus, you can watch how the donuts are made while making your decision on which ones to have. (Bet you can’t choose just one!)
448 Lafayette Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11205
Dough website: doughdoughnuts.com
Dough hours: 6 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Cost of a doughnut at Dough: $2 - $4.25
The Donut Pub
This vintage coffee shop is known for their wall of tasty treats, including cookies, pastries, and of course, donuts (especially their croissant donuts). Choose from flavors like s’mores, chocolate caramel, or maple-glazed bacon. For those with nut allergies, these are for you, too. The Donut Pub is peanut- and tree-nut free.
203 W 14th St.
New York, NY 10011
The Donut Pub website: donutpub.com
The Donut Pub hours: 24/7 (really – you can get your donut fix any time!)
Cost of a doughnut at The Donut Pub: $2.25 - $4.75
From the creative geniuses at Queens Comfort (don’t miss their brunches—they’re amazing), comes Comfortland, a bakery dedicated to sweet treats with a typical Queens Comfort twist. Offering flavors like Nutella Crème Brûlée, Hot Butter Crunch, and vegan donut options like blueberry cobbler, you won’t leave disappointed. They also offer breakfast options, if you’re looking for something to pair with your donuts.
40-09 30th Ave.
Astoria, NY 11103
Comfortland website: comfortlandny.com
Comfortland hours: Mon. – Fri., 7:30 a.m. – 6: 30 p.m., Sat. – Sun., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost of a doughnut at Comfortland: $2 - $4
The Cinnamon Snail
With a rotating menu that includes over 30 kinds of kosher and vegan donuts, The Cinnamon Snail will delight your taste buds with flavors like apple caramel crumb cookie, cookie monster, vanilla bourbon Crème Brûlée, and more. Available from their food truck or their standing spot at The Pennsy Food Hall, plus you can even get your donuts (and other food) delivered locally.
2 Pennsylvania Plaza
New York, NY 10121
The Cinnamon Snail website: cinnamonsnail.com
The Cinnamon Snail hours: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Cost of a doughnut at The Cinnamon Snail: $2.25 - $3.50
Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop
This old-school bakery has been around for over sixty years, and for good reason. Locals love it, and tourists flock to it. Enjoy classics like honey dip, chocolate cake, or apple crumb, or try one of their special flavors. (One just might involve cannoli cream!)
727 Manhattan Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop website: peterpandonuts.com
Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop hours: Mon. – Fri., 4:30 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sat., 5 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sun., 5:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Cost of a doughnut at Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop: $1.10
This original New York bakery is all about breads. But lucky for everyone, they consider donuts “morning bread”. No frills, no crazy flavors, just pure goodness in the form of their jelly donuts, which are lightly dusted with sugar and only filled with jelly sourced from upstate NY farms. You can find these airy dreams at one of their three locations, and at many of the local farmers markets around the city, boroughs, Long Island, and Westchester.
308 E 78th St.
New York, NY 10075
Orwasher’s website: orwashers.com
Orwasher’s hours: Mon. – Sat., 7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Renowned Chef Danny Meyer, who also gave us Shake Shack and Gramercy Tavern, gives us his version of a neighborhood café in Daily Provisions. In addition to a curated breakfast and sandwich menu, they have gourmet donuts, specifically crullers. Devour flavors like maple, cinnamon, or blueberry, but make sure you don’t miss your order window. These donuts are so exclusive, you only have about thirty minutes per day to get your hands on one.
103 E 19th St.
New York, NY 10003
Daily Provisions website: dailyprovisionsnyc.com
Daily Provisions hours: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m., but pastries are only served from 11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. daily
Cost of a doughnut at Daily Provisions: $3.50 - $4
When the light, buttery deliciousness of brioche melds with donuts, the result is pure bliss. Mah Ze Dahr takes donuts to another level with their brioche donut that has vanilla pastry cream inside, but wouldn’t be considered a “filled” donut. Then it’s rolled in vanilla sugar. And because this mouth-watering donut wouldn’t be enough by itself, they also give you the donut holes to go with.
28 Greenwich Ave.
New York, NY 10011
Mah-Ze-Dahr website: mahzedahrbakery.com
Mah-Ze-Dahr hours: Mon. – Thurs., 7 a.m. – 8 p.m., Fri., 7 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sat., 8 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sun., 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Cost of a doughnut at Mah-Ze-Dahr: $25 for 6
—– Jesseca Stenson
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