Doughnut Plant, New York City

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379 Grand Street 212-505-3700

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    Doughnut Plant: Best. Doughnuts. Ever!

    by TexasDave Updated Jul 9, 2014
    Racks of Fresh Doughnuts!

    This place has the best and most innovative variety of doughnuts I've ever tasted! The menu changes with the seasons.
    They have even found a way to put fillings in doughnuts that have a hole in the center!
    They are somewhat on the expensive side, between $3 and $4, so it wouldn't be my choice for regular doughnut runs, but go ahead and splurge, you're on vacation!

    Favorite Dish: Tres Leches, Blackout Cake, Pistachio, and Cashew Orange, yumm, yumm!

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    Donut Plant: Huge exotic donuts

    by apbeaches Updated Oct 14, 2009

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    A small counter with coffee and huge racks of donuts lined against the wall. The donuts are baked in the back and lines go out the door. Yes, the donuts are being baked in the back. There isn't any place to sit inside as this is a tiny storefront.

    Favorite Dish: Everything is wonderful and one of a kind. They are huge, warm and very goey.

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    Doughnut Plant, Kossar's Bialys, Guss' Pickles: Lower East Side Nosh Experience

    by sneaks2210 Updated Jun 4, 2009

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    The Lower East Side of NYC is home to many regional gems, old & new. Start your morning off with doughtnuts and coffee at the DOUGHNUT PLANT on Grand St. These tasty creations are craved throughout the state. All of the doughnuts are freshly baked using only Greenmarket ingredients. The Pistachio (my favorite) uses chopped fresh nuts on a fluffy yeast doughnut. The uniquely shaped square jelly doughnuts, like the PB&J has jelly oozing out in every bite. Also, try the Tres Leche, Blackout and Creme Brulee. Next, walk a couple of doors down to KOSSAR'S BIALYS. For over 65 years Kossar's has been baking these oft-misunderstood little sisters of the bagel. With a little bit of butter, you'll be craving these little discs for years to come. Now walk west to Orchard St. and make a right to GUSS' PICKLES. Since 1920, they've been making the best pickles in NYC along with other pickled products. Grab a quart and walk north to ECONOMY CANDY on Rivington St. If Willy Wonka had a store in NYC, this would be it. Opened in 1937, they sell everything from chocolate to nuts to dried fruits to old time candy you had as a kid. Now that you had your nostalgic trip back to childhood, continue walking north to Houston St. between 1st & 2nd Ave. Here you will find YONAH SCHIMMEL'S Knishes. Not the knishes you grew up on. They've been baking them for almost 100 years. Round and dense, one will certainly fill you up. They have the usual suspects like potato, kasha or spinach, but it's the more unusual ones (cabbage, sweet potato and broccoli) you should be trying. Finish off your trip a few doors down at RUSS & DAUGHTERS. Purveyors of smoked fish, caviar and other high quality foods, this is New York's premier appetizing shop. Still in the same family since 1914, it's a must see for out-of-towners. Please do not attempt this trek on a saturday, since some of these establishments are kosher and will be closed.

    Favorite Dish: I couldn't fit the addresses below, so here they are.

    Doughnut Plant: 379 Grand St. - F train to Delancey St. - www.doughnutplant.com
    Kossar's Bialys: 367 Grand St. - 877-4-BIALYS - www.kossarsbialys.com
    Guss' Pickles: 85 Orchard St. - www.gusspickle.com
    Economy Candy: 108 Rivington St. - (800) 352-4544 - www.economycandy.com
    Yonah Schimmel: 137 East Houston St. - (212) 477-2858 - www.knishery.com
    Russ & Daughters: 179 East Houston St. - (212) 475-4880 - www.russanddaughters.com

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    Doughnut Plant, Kossar's Bialys, Guss' Pickles: Lower East Side Nosh Experience

    by sneaks2210 Updated Jun 4, 2009
    The Doughnut Plant
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    The Lower East Side of NYC is home to many regional gems, old & new. Start your morning off with doughtnuts and coffee at the DOUGHNUT PLANT on Grand St. These tasty creations are craved throughout the state. All of the doughnuts are freshly baked using only Greenmarket ingredients. The Pistachio (my favorite) uses chopped fresh nuts on a fluffy yeast doughnut. The uniquely shaped square jelly doughnuts, like the PB&J has jelly oozing out in every bite. Also, try the Tres Leche, Blackout and Creme Brulee. Next, walk a couple of doors down to KOSSAR'S BIALYS. For over 65 years Kossar's has been baking these oft-misunderstood little sisters of the bagel. With a little bit of butter, you'll be craving these little discs for years to come. Now walk west to Orchard St. and make a right to GUSS' PICKLES. Since 1920, they've been making the best pickles in NYC along with other pickled products. Grab a quart and walk north to ECONOMY CANDY on Rivington St. If Willy Wonka had a store in NYC, this would be it. Opened in 1937, they sell everything from chocolate to nuts to dried fruits to old time candy you had as a kid. Now that you had your nostalgic trip back to childhood, continue walking north to Houston St. between 1st & 2nd Ave. Here you will find YONAN SCHIMMEL'S Knishes. Not the knishes you grew up on. They've been baking them for almost 100 years. Round and dense, one will certainly fill you up. They have the usual suspects like potato, kasha or spinach, but it's the more unusual ones (cabbage, sweet potato and broccoli) you should be trying. Finish off your trip a few doors down at RUSS & DAUGHTERS. Purveyors of smoked fish, caviar and other high quality foods, this is New York's premier appetizing shop. Still in the same family since 1914, it's a must see for out-of-towners. Please do not attempt this trek on a saturday, since some of these establishments are kosher and will be closed.

    Favorite Dish: I couldn't fit the addresses below, so here they are.

    Doughnut Plant: 379 Grand St. - F train to Delancey St. - www.doughnutplant.com
    Kossar's Bialys: 367 Grand St. - 877-4-BIALYS - www.kossarsbialys.com
    Guss' Pickles: 85 Orchard St. - www.gusspickle.com
    Economy Candy: 108 Rivington St. - (800) 352-4544 - www.economycandy.com
    Yonah Schimmel: 137 East Houston St. - (212) 477-2858 - www.knishery.com
    Russ & Daughters: 179 East Houston St. - (212) 475-4880 - www.russanddaughters.com

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    Doughnut Planet New York City: Organic Doughnuts

    by jamiesno Written Apr 21, 2007

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    Doughnut Planet is one of New York City’s most famous doughnut shops and get this……all the doughnuts are organic with no trans fat and nearly any guilt at all. I ordered a “blackout” that was a whole lot of chocolate and it was great.

    The magazine Saveur described the shop like this, “The look is Lower East Side industrial. The vibe is downtown Manhattan hip. The proprietor Mark Isreal, is a doughnut Don Quixote, always dreaming. Among the fried fantasies he has realized are blueberry pinstripe doughnuts in honor of the New York Yankees and fresh ginger doughnuts for the Chinese New Year. His grandest feat of windmill tilting yielded a sometime specialty, a banana cream-filled peanut butter-glazed Elvis-inspired doughnut.”

    I encountered some real New Yorkers there in fine accent form explained these are the best in New York, so make the effort.

    Favorite Dish: Black Out Doughnut

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    Doughnut Plant: Lower East Side: Manhattan's Best Doughnuts

    by vtnyc Updated Feb 7, 2007

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    How would you like to eat doughnuts that have been featured on Emeril, Regis and Kelly, Good Morning America, and written about by Martha Stewart? Doughnuts for the gods made available to mere mortals have been available for about 7 years now at The Doughnut Plant.

    Now you can taste the best doughnuts that can be found in NYC right on Manhattans Lower East Side. The best part is that owner Mark Israel uses ALL fresh and natural ingredients and uses the same recipe that his grandfather used in the 1930's. Seasonal fruits are bought from a local market and milk is shipped straight from the local area farms. No eggs, no preservatives, no Trans Fat, and no dough conditioners are ever used in their doughnuts.

    Why not sample a Valrhona chocolate or an organic square shaped jelly doughnut filled with an evenly spread raspberry filling? Or how about a pistachio and orange doughnut? Their most famous doughnut is the Tres Leches Cake Doughnut.

    I used to think Krispy Kreme doughnuts were the best. After tasting a doughnut from The Doughnut Plant, I have never looked back at my old Krispy Kreme daze. If you visit Chinatown or the Lower East Side, Mark Israel's Doughnut Plant is worth stop.

    Favorite Dish: P.S. The people who work the counter, like Haraka, are very friendly. You might also be able to spot Mark Israel wearing his signature bandana too.

    Yeast doughnuts sell for $2-2.50 and Cake Doughnuts sell for $1.50-$1.75. They also sell coffee for $1-$1.50 and some Churros too for 75 cents

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    by machomikemd Written Oct 16, 2010
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    more picture with my friends from san diego and chicago at the famous artisanl doughnut joint of doughnut plant.

    Favorite Dish: the assorted artisanal doughnuts

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