Doughnut Plant at Dean and Deluca next to 30 Rock

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For those who don’t all ready know about the Doughnut Plant’s uniquely delicious doughnuts, you can discover the glory of the Lower East Side landmark without leaving Midtown. Dean and Deluca right next to the Today Show studio serves up a small offering of the diverse Doughnut shop’s menu daily. Below is the glazed toasted almond, which was airy and coated in chopped almond but not as delicious as the Good Humor ice cream variety.

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I’ve been down to the LES spot, which is closed on Mondays (I’ve fallen prey to that) and closes as soon as they run out of doughnuts when they’re open (I’ve fallen prey to that as well). When I finally did make it there I found Coconut cream Doughnuts, Passion Fruit Glazed Doughnuts, Churros, and what I thought was the best: the Glazed Tres Leche cake doughnut with a ring of creamy custard running around the entire thing. If you do decide to head downtown, make the most by picking up some legendary Kossar’s Bialys next door or grab a pizza in the outdoor backyard of Isabella’s.

More great desserts here.

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18 Responses to “Doughnut Plant at Dean and Deluca next to 30 Rock”

  1. Dan Says:

    like the picture change, this one is more warhol.

  2. The NYC Food Guy Says:

    Dan-

    Thanks man. I realized I had all these great donut picks from Flickr merely linked to, why not show people why I’m so excited about having these donuts so readily available. Now the only issue is getting Dean & Deluca to get the good donuts in their shop not the more generic ones.

    Thanks for the comment,
    L

  3. betazen Says:

    I’ve gone down to the plant a few times now but having them close to grab one every once and a while is cool. Good find.

  4. The NYC Food Guy Says:

    Thanks. It was a no brainer. The only times I’ve been there they haven’t had the really intriguing/enticing donuts. Though how can I really turn any of them down? You have a favorite? Have you had the tres leche?

  5. betazen Says:

    Yeah tres leches and their all chocolate donuts are my favs. I like the odd ones as well. Had a good orange one a few weeks back.

  6. Blondman Says:

    I’m a huge fan of the doughnut plant donuts. We just finished off a box of them at home. The tres leches was one of the best doughnuts I’ve ever had. Also the Valrhona chocolate doughnut was out of this world and I never eat chocolate. They are only at the shop for a short time but they are worth the trip.

    E. Blondman

  7. The NYC Food Guy Says:

    Blondman,

    What’s only at the shop for a short time?

  8. Bill Says:

    I think he meant that they sell out quickly. Hey, there is a nfairly new coffee truck on the corner of Broadway & Liberty called The Love Truck. Not sure if it’s related to the Mud Truck, but the markings are almost identical. Anyway, I can’t speak for the coffee as I don’t drink it, but they do sell Doughnut Plant doughnuts and they are priced the same as the Plant. I know D & D charges a bit more for them. The truck is usually there weekday mornings (not sure how early, but they usually leave around 11 am). I don’t think they are there every day and they won’t have them on Mondays as the Plant is closed. Guess I’ll have to hit The Donut Pub instead. I had a Valrhona cake, Valrhona yeast and a strawberry yeast (my new favorite-it had me licking my “strawberry paper”) last time I was there.

  9. The NYC Food Guy Says:

    Bill-

    Check out this link, it’s the intel you’re looking for on Mud Truck/Love. Apparantly they’re unrelated though the similarity may spurn a lawsuit.

    I’ve only eaten at Doughnut Plant once. I had Banana Walnut, Coconut Cream, and Tres Leche. Each was excellent, but as Blondman wrote, the Tres Leche was the best.

    Donut Pub is excellent, as you can see in my review, but it’s no Doughnut Plant, nothing is. Some of the cinnamon/sugar doughnuts you sent me from Roadfood looked amazing.

    Of all the food you’ve eaten lately (Ted’s, Sripraphai, Don Pepe’s etc.) what has been the most delicious?

  10. Bill Says:

    Weird article. I wonder who wrote it? If patrick owed THEM money, why would they let him keep two of the trucks? I’m not surprised if a lawsuit pops up. It’s one thing to also do the “coffee truck” concept, but he loses points with me for being unoriginal. The truck looks almost the same!

    Huge, huge fan of the Doughnut Plant. Mark can be tempermental, but I guess many artisans are that way and he is passionate about what he does. I’ve definitely eaten more than my share. So far I’ve tried the:
    Tres Leches, Blackout, Meyer Lemon, Pistachio, Coconut Cream, Strawberry, “Elvis”, Peanut Butter and Jelly, White Peach, Caramel, Valrhona and Banana Pecan. The only one I was disappointed with was the White Peach. I didn’t think the flavor of the peaches came through in the glaze as his other flavorings usually do. A tasty doughnut, but not what I had hoped for. I think the “Elvis” is a limited time only thing. It’s a sqaure yeast doughnut filled with mashed banana and covered in a slick peanut butter glaze. Wrong! Just wrong I tell you! The Blackout and Tres Leches slay me every time. I’m a fan of the Pub, but have yet to bring my camera there. I usually go by there on my way home from work and one morning I picked up my favorite sugar twist and toasted coconut raised and the bag was all warm in my hand and I thought I heard the doughnut “sigh” when I bit into it. There really is nothing like a fresh doughnut while it’s still warm.

    Dude, those doughnuts from Dottie’s were criminally good! I’m still fantasizing about them.

    Honestly, I really loved all the places we went to in CT and Queens. The food, the company and the atmosphere of the places all conspired to make my day, but if I’m going on straight food? Dottie’s all the way! That chicken pie and mashed potatoes and the doughnuts had me closing my eyes with every bite.

  11. The NYC Food Guy Says:

    Bill,

    Thanks for the link of RoadFood. Also, it looks like I need to get over to Doughnut Plant and catch up with you. You’re an animal and I love that you’re still not stopping. We need to get together and make it happen one of these days, I think a food tour of some sort is in order. What do you have in mind?

  12. Bill Says:

    I’m thinking a tour that should start with the Doughnut Plant. LES and the Village? Possible stops: S’MAC (working on a RF write-up for that), 99 Miles to Philly, Pommes Frites, Crif Dogs, BITE, Katz’s, Calexico, The Dessert Truck? Any other places? I’m sure there are tons I haven’t even checked out yet.

  13. The NYC Food Guy Says:

    Bill,

    Dude you are a man after my own taste. That’s a tour of mammoth proportions right there. Don’t know if I could eat anywhere after Katz’s, especially if we want to do it right. How about a LES food tour? That’s something I could definitely handle. Have you seen my EV Food Tour Part 1? I hit Crif Dog. It was intense. That’s a place that can stand alone too, they give you so much food and make your heart think twice about eating anything fried ever again.

    Definitely down for 99 Miles especially after the fall out from the Shorty’s post. The list for the LES tour is intense, I think we should adopt the rules I had for the East Village tour:

    1) No meal over $10
    2) No waitstaff

    I’m going to start compiling a list, you do the same and we’ll compare notes.

  14. Bill Says:

    Definitely wouldn’t want to do all the ones I listed, but just wanted to put them out there as some of my faves. I think 99 Miles and the Doughnut Plant should be on there though. Start early (not too early) at the Plant, figure out what LES places sound good, walk up to the Village. I wouldn’t mind trekking up to the UES for Papaya King on 86th and 3rd, I’ve heard it’s good, but never been.

    I like the rules!

    -Bill

  15. The NYC Food Guy Says:

    Bill,

    That’s an expansive tour from Lower East to Upper East. I can’t say I don’t like it. Doughnut Plant is a great spot to begin a Chinatown eating tour. The dogs at Papaya King really are delicious.

  16. GC Says:

    Question- Do the donuts stay good if you keep them for a few days? Also how do the Dean and Deluca donuts compare to the ones you actually get from DP? Still fresh tasting?

  17. Bill Says:

    I don’t know that they would be as good a few days later. I have eaten them the next day and they are still just as good. However, nothing compares to getting them at the source. The shortest amount of time from the fryer to your mouth is really the best way to go whenever possible. And the selection is always better. I’ve never seen the Tres Leches or the Blackout donut outside of the Plant.

  18. The NYC Food Guy Says:

    GC,
    I would follow Bill’s lead and make sure you eat the dougnuts as quickly as possible. Even day old is a bit risky. If they are getting stale though, you can nuke the doughnut for about 10 seconds on high, and then increase in 1 second intervals, until the life comes back. It’ll revive but it won’t renew the original deliciousness. As far as freshness, again, Bill is right, nothing beats the source but the ones I’ve had at D&D are decent. The only unfortuate thing as, AGAIN, Bill says, is that D&D never really has the intriguing doughnuts available.

    Where are the best doughnuts you’ve had in the city?

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