Manhattan’s Seventh Ave is crawling with doughnut shops that are the perfect walking distance from each other. So if you’re feeling ambitious like us and up for tackling a Man V. Food challenge, try all of them out in one day.
Here are some #Spoontips:
- bring along a mason jar filled with lemon water.
- run, walk, and maybe do some lunges in between stops. You may look ridiculous but you’re eating doughnuts so go hard or go home, am I right?
- enlist friends who are also up for the challenge and drag them along! The more friends, the more doughnuts you can try.
We’re starting healthy, well kind of. Cinnamon Snail is the spot where vegans and non-vegans unite to enjoy yummy vegan eats. Despite being the new kid on the block, their originality in the doughnut rubric is off the charts with flavors like Thai Basil Coconut and Pistachio Cardamom.
Must have: their Vendy Award (The Oscars of Street Foods) winning Vanilla Bourbon Creme Brûlée Doughnut.
A couple blocks down is the Doughnut Plant. They offer both cake and yeast doughnuts in a multitude of eclectic flavors from Matcha to Tres Leches. They also cleverly squeeze the filling around the shape of the doughnuts so you never have to worry about biting into an overload of filling or none at all.
Must have: Tres Leches Doughnut
Dough’s flagship is a little off course, but lucky for you Dough is available at most Whole Foods and coffee shops on the way. Besides fun flavors like hibiscus and passion fruit, the real star of the show is the perfect brioche-like dough. They weren’t kidding around when they decided to name themselves Dough. A bite into their perfectly chewy dough will have you channeling your inner Plankton and hunting down chef and owner, Fany Gerson’s secret dough recipe.
Must have: Hibiscus doughnut, Salted Chocolate Caramel doughnut.
The Donut Pub is the epitome of #TBT, they’ve been gaining street cred since 1964. The location is reminiscent of a 50s pub with neon signs and bar seating that will keep you asking for another round of doughnuts over and over. Oh and they’re open 24/7 for fresh doughnuts all day, every day.
Must-have: They have one of the best french cruller’s but if you’re looking for something sweeter go for their doughnut iteration of the black and white cookie.
Doughnut Project is a bit of a trek downtown, but this will give you a breather before ending with the most unique sweet and savory doughnuts by innovative doughnut creator, Troye Neal. Neal has got New York riled up about his insane creations and use of non-traditional, savory ingredients like beets or black pepper. The clever doughnut names like “Those Beets are Dope” doughnut also need some much deserved credit.
Must-have: Everything Bagel Doughnut (especially when you can’t decide between a bagel or a doughnut for breakfast).