NYC's 10 Most Instagrammable Fall Donuts
Is it never not a great time to eat a donut? As the craze only continues to deepen, bakeries and restaurants have been seriously amping up their fried dough game — especially when it comes to fall flavors. Below are the season’s most shareable creations.
Those Beetz Are Dope: The Doughnut Project
Beets and goat cheese may be one of 2011’s biggest salad clichés, but at The Doughnut Project, the combo is a downright breakthrough in fried dough. The sweet and tangy treat, which comes with a glassy pink beet glaze and a rich ricotta stuffing, won the People’s Choice award at this year’s DonutFest, making it one of the seasonal mainstays at the innovative shop.
10 Morton St.; 212-691-5000
Pumpkin butterscotch cake donut: Queens Comfort
Montana D'Alessio is the secret weapon behind the delectable donuts at Queens Comfort. You may know her by her supremely 'grammable Lucky Charms donut — but her latest is what we’re craving this fall: a pumpkin cake donut with rich butterscotch chips folded right into the batter. While the donut is still hot from the fryer, it gets a hefty coating of cinnamon sugar and pumpkin spice. Every bite comes chock full of melty butterscotch and all the spicy, nutty fall flavors you could ever want.
Maple-raspberry stuffed donut: Cinnamon Snail
The maple-raspberry stuffed donut at the Cinnamon Snail (a former food truck with its first brick-and-mortar location at the Pennsy food hall) is more than just a sweet, fruity, sprinkled delight. This “inception” donut comes topped with even smaller donuts — and those are then topped with even tinier morsels. Oh, did we mention that it’s vegan?
2 Pennsylvania Plaza; 917-475-1830
Rainbow donut: Glaze Artisan Donuts
It’s worth the ride on the PATH just for a taste of this colorful concoction, which is inspired by a classic Italian rainbow cookie. Three doughs, dyed the colors of the Italian flag, are fried, stuffed with raspberry jelly and then encased in a thick layer of chocolate glaze. In all, it's a major upgrade to the rainbow bagel, one of the biggest viral food trends of the year. And, pro tip: It's only available on weekends.
358 River Rd, New Milford, NJ; 201-483-8634
Ube Bae donuts: Manila Social Club
You’ve probably heard of the 24-karat gold Cristal donut at this Brooklyn Filipino restaurant. A lesser-known, less expensive and equally gorgeous donut to come out of Manila Social Club is the Ube Bae — a sweet treat filled and colored with the naturally vibrant purple yam that’s popular throughout the country. If you love sweet potatoes (or brightly colored desserts), you’re going to want to get your hands on this bad boy.
2 Hope St., Brooklyn; 718-384-4396
Brioche donut: Mah Ze Dahr Bakery
The hotly anticipated Mah Ze Dahr Bakery just opened in the West Village, and the brioche donut is one of its most buzzed-about offerings. It’s a simple pastry executed perfectly — super-soft brioche, silky pastry cream and pure, vanilla-infused sugar. The cherry on top is the donut hole, which gets nestled right in the center of the treat.
28 Greenwich Ave.; 212-498-9810
Tutto bombolini: Locanda Verde
Locanda Verde pastry chef Kierin Baldwin is known for having taken the restaurant’s donut game to an entirely new level. Most interesting lately is the tutto bombolini — translation: “everything donut" — a cream cheese–filled, vanilla-glazed pastry that’s topped with everything-bagel seasoning (plus fried shallots). Is it savory? Is it sweet? You’ll have to try one yourself to find out.
377 Greenwich St.; 212-925-3797
Mulled cider donut: Underwest Donuts
The Hell’s Kitchen donut shop, which is tucked into a car wash, is one of the most Instagrammed spots in New York. And for good reason: Its donuts, like this mulled cider version, are picture perfect. With a tidy apple cider glaze and a candied orange peel topping, this is the glazed donut of your autumnal dreams. And If you can’t make your way to the West Side, good news: Underwest is opening a to-go window near Penn Station in November.
The Freeze Brain: Curiosity Doughnuts
You may think that it’s not worth your time to drive 45 minutes outside of Manhattan for a donut, but the Freeze Brain at Curiosity Doughnuts will change that. Not only is the donut shop located in an idyllic Gilmore Girls–esque marketplace, but this custard-topped creation is decadent and somehow not too rich — truly a feat, considering that it's a blob of fried dough topped with ice cream and sprinkles. You can mix-and-match the donut and custard flavors; we highly recommend topping your Freeze Brain with ciderscotch, Curiosity Doughtnuts' proprietary (and seasonal) cider-infused caramel.
Pokéseed Pokemon donut: Doughnut Plant
The Pokemon Go craze may be fading, but Doughnut Plant’s new Pokéseed donut, is just heating up. It's inspired by the popular app’s pecha berries, which provide energy, and is flavored with strawberry and peach cream, plus raspberry glaze and dark and white chocolate icing. As an added bonus: Three of Doughnut Plant’s locations are also pokestops.