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Doughnut Plant

379 Grand Street, New York, NY - (212) 505-3700
Posted By Josh Shearer on 1/18/2010 8:40:00 PM
On an early Sunday morning I hit the Doughnut Plant to satisfy a severe craving for donuts on my way into the city for a long day of walking and sightseeing. Being the big donut/doughnut fan that I am I knew that these puppies had a lot to live up to.

I opted for a creme brulee, a Valrhona chocolate, a tres leches, and a coconut creme doughnut. The creme brulee was very good and did remind me quite a lot of creme brulee in general but I thought that it was rather small, especially for the price that it commanded. It had a nice crisp top that you think of when you are getting creme brulee and a nice creamy custard.

The Valrhona chocolate was a solid version of a chocolate cake donut but I thought it could have been a tad more moist, but it certainly wasn't dry by any stretch of the imagination. The chocolate icing on top did help quite a bit. The tres leches had a very unique flavor that I have never experienced before; it was super-moist and I enjoyed it quite a lot. It had a creamy interior that I thought helped to make it as moist as it was.

My favorite was the coconut creme, as it had a nice coconut flavor on the top glaze and the creme filling did give off enough of a coconut flavor to make it very reminiscent of a piece of coconut cake (a good thing in my book).

All in all I paid $10 for the four donuts and, while I liked them, I can't say that they fully justified their price to me. They were all good, and very unique, but I can't say that they would be an every week stop as it would get fairly expensive. I just don't think the price-to-quality ratio was there. I would gladly stop by again if I happened to be in New York but there are some things that small towns in the Midwest can do better, and I think donuts is one of them.

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Creme Brulee Doughnut
Tres Leches (Three Milks) Cake Doughnut
Valrhona Dark Chocolate Yeast Doughnut
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One of my all-time favorites anywhere.
"One of my all-time favorites anywhere."
Bill Homan





A plate of warm, yeasty, cakey goodness.
"A plate of warm, yeasty, cakey goodness."
Bill Homan


Combined with a peanut butter glaze chock full of chopped peanuts, the cranberry orange jelly doughnut is most excellent.
"Combined with a peanut butter glaze chock full of chopped peanuts, the cranberry orange jelly doughnut is most excellent."
Bill Homan


The cranberry-orange jelly is an inspired choice, but I'm still trying to separate that combination in my mind from Thanksgiving relish.
"The cranberry-orange jelly is an inspired choice, but I'm still trying to separate that combination in my mind from Thanksgiving relish."
Bill Homan


Devil's food with pudding in the middle: inner beauty never looked so good.
"Devil's food with pudding in the middle: inner beauty never looked so good."
Bill Homan


My second favorite doughnut: like a childhood favorite with the volume turned to 11.
"My second favorite doughnut: like a childhood favorite with the volume turned to 11."
Bill Homan


Delicious custard is inside the creme brulee doughnut!
"Delicious custard is inside the creme brulee doughnut!"
Bill Homan


A very good marzipan doughnut, although the almond flavor could be a bit more pronounced.
"A very good marzipan doughnut, although the almond flavor could be a bit more pronounced."
Bill Homan


They do a few things and do them very, very well.
"They do a few things and do them very, very well."
Bill Homan


Even the bench is covered in tiny donuts!
"Even the bench is covered in tiny donuts!"
Cliff Strutz


I've had every one of the doughnuts on this sign and they are all utterly amazing!
"I've had every one of the doughnuts on this sign and they are all utterly amazing!"
Bill Homan


A NYC fixture since 2000.
"A NYC fixture since 2000."
Bill Homan



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