During my short trip to NYC, one of my top “must visits” was Doughnut Plant. It did not disappoint. In fact, we loved it so much that we went twice during our three day stay.
I first learned about Doughnut Plant when it was featured on an episode of “Throwdown With Bobby Flay” a few years ago.
While I was already prepared to be impressed with their doughnuts, I immediately fell in love with the interior, which didn’t quite fit the no-nonsense New York attitude. Walls were adorned with doughnut pillows, benches lined with colorful doughnut rings, and even the stools were doughnut shaped.
Doughnut Plant offers a variety of yeast donuts, cake donuts, filled square doughnuts, and doughseeds.
There are so many characteristics of the doughnuts served here that make them stand out. First, the filled square doughnuts.
I normally don’t like filled doughnuts. I find them to be overly sweet. But I loved, loved the filled doughnuts here. For the square doughnuts, it’s a yeast doughnut with filling that is evenly distributed around the square. It’s cleaner to eat and not as overwhelmingly sweet. It reminded me of eating a sandwich, especially after eating the peanut butter and jam one.
Another thing that makes their doughnuts stand out is the texture of the yeast ones. They have a chewiness to them that I’ve never experienced with any other yeast doughnut. It took a little time to get used to, but I really enjoyed it.
They also offer a variety of cake filled doughnuts. My absolute favorite was the tres leches.
The cake texture practically melted in my mouth and it had some filling in each bite.
We also tried the carrot cake, which was pretty good too, with a little bit of cream cheese filling in every bite.
The doughseeds are small round filled doughnuts. The creme brûlée was a standout for us.
I only wish doughnuts could be easily preserved, otherwise I would have bought a few dozen to bring home. There are two locations in NYC, as well as locations in Japan and Korea. Looking at these photos again really make me miss this place.
220 West 23rd Street
New York, NY