A very kind person gifted us this New York Doughnut Map which has become the guiding force in our movements around the New York area.
We've been to a third of the thirty-five listed sites though not all visits have been successful (one or two sold out before we got there, another doesn't have donuts anymore!)
Here's a sampling of what we've eaten (I'll spare you the full list--just buy the map!)
Sour-cherry jam-filled donut (filled to order!) from Orwashers on the Upper East Side
Chocolate glazed at Orwashers (would have been better at the beginning of the day. Alas, we arrived at 6pm! If late, stick to the jelly-filled.)
We visited the French-styled Balthazar bakery for their amazing cake donuts.
Pictured: chocolate, pumpkin spice with pepitas, and apple cider. The donuts at Balthazar are made distinctive by their celebration of fine, natural flavors. These were very worthy donuts. If we were to find a fault, it would be in their obvious refinement.
close-up of Balthazar's pumpkin spice donut.
On the less-haute, dare-I-say hipper end of the spectrum, we have Doughnut Plant in the LES and Dough in Bedford. Both are excellent, play with interesting but not-too-tawdry flavor combinations like chocolate and Earl Grey (Dough) and coffee cake and coconut cream (Doughnut Plant). We visited both yesterday, trying a combined 9 donuts for the day. Unfortunately, all were consumed before we remembered to take pictures.
Our friend Bethany at the last minute snagged a pic of the almost-empty Dough box.
Astoundingly good! Quick to disappear!