Americans who love food have a lot of disagreements, but there’s one treat that usually retains fans across the board. Comedian Jim Gaffigan says it best in his standup routine “Everyone Loves Doughnuts.”
The circular treat with the holey center is no longer restricted to breakfast, and is now socially acceptable to eat at any time of day. Tomorrow, Friday June 2, is National Doughnut Day, which is certainly cause for a sprinkling of celebrations throughout the city. Your choice of doughnut is free this Friday at Krispy Kreme locations, and you get a free classic doughnut with purchase of any beverage at Dunkin’ Donuts. But for a more refined take on the holiday, here are five classic Downtown spots to grab a delicious doughnut to celebrate.
Start National Doughnut Day early with The Tuck Room’s Drunken Doughnuts happy hour every Thursday from 6 p.m. Grab some cocktails and enjoy the doughnuts, covered in Valrhona single origin chocolate, with boozy dipping sauces and from scratch farmer’s market produce jams. DJ J-Zone will provide funky tunes and jams for the evening’s sweet festivities.
Address: 11 Fulton St., New York, NY 10038
Noted as home to one of the best doughnuts in NYC by the New York Times in 2014, this bakery uses fresh ingredients to create a one-of-a-kind doughnut. They use brioche dough to make the doughnut and then apply a sliver of vanilla piping cream, all topped with the actual hole. It’s a rich but delicate treat, and you can get six for $22.
Address: 22 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10011
Homemade doughnuts are available at Balthazar for $3 during breakfast hours and are a standout among their many patisserie options. Stop by for a classic doughnut taste, or stick around for their famous brunch.
Address: 80 Spring St., New York, NY 10012
Yeast, cake and filled doughnuts are among those offered at Doughnut Plant, plus their daily handcrafted specials. They’re currently offering rose-shaped yeast doughnuts to usher in spring. Treat yourself to a whole bouquet of the sweet beauties this Friday, and download the Doughnut Plant app to stay updated on their specials.
Address: 379 Grand St., New York, NY 10002
NYC’s first entirely vegan doughnut shop is Dun-Well, which was founded in Brooklyn. Now there’s a location in Lower Manhattan too, and their artisanal doughnuts paired with locally-roasted coffee make for a deliciously designed breakfast.
Address: 102 St. Mark’s St., New York, NY 10009