Dany Levy recommends Doughnut Plant
Doughnut Plant379 Grand Street between Essex & Norfolk Streets 212 505-3700; www.doughnutplant.com Closed Mondays.
Sandwiched between a thrift shop and a row of brick apartments, Doughnut Plant's storefront is easy to miss. But what lies within puts the franchise doughnut stores to shame.
One day, while sifting through boxes, Mark Isreal happened on some of his grandfather's recipes, so he whipped up a batch of doughnuts and tried selling them to his local coffee shop. The orders poured in literally overnight, and today Mark's doughnuts grace the counters at, among others, Dean & Deluca, Zabar's, and Balducci's. But for the real experience, head down to Grand Street and meet the man behind the doughnut.
This is not your average cop food. Flavors range from classic vanilla bean to ginger, lime, pistachio, and rose water, all hand-cut, hand-rolled, and fried in canola oil.
Best of all, each doughnut measures roughly the size of a human head. In the words of The New York Times' Florence Fabricant, "a plusher chocolate doughnut than his Valrhona would be hard to find."
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