Tag: NYC

DOUGH, Brooklyn NY

Dough. The name says it all. This small doughnut joint in Brooklyn, NY is a doughnut lover’s paradise. You walk in and are greeted by big, fluffy, yeast raised doughnuts in a variety of mouth-watering flavors. The active ovens in the back fill the small space with the loveliest perfume of freshly baked dough. It was hard to choose from so many enticing flavors, but given the size of these doughnuts I knew we had to narrow it down to just a few. We ordered a cheesecake doughnut, a blood orange glazed doughnut and some toasted coconut doughnut holes. With a cup o’ joe and a glass of milk, I was eager to dive in!

The cheesecake doughnut was hands down my favorite of the bunch. The soft and sweet cream cheese slathered atop the doughnut was a glorious paring. It had hints of lemon and a delicate crunch from the graham cracker crumbles sprinkled on top.  It maintained a nice balance of sweet, tangy and rich flavors, all in all delightful!

The blood orange glazed doughnut looked better than it tasted. The bright pink hue of the glaze paired with the impeccably placed candied orange was too beautiful to pass up. The flavor however was cloyingly sweet and overpowered the dough. I still ate the entire thing, but I do wish I had tried the chocolate with cocoa nibs instead.

To top off an already decadent breakfast of champions, we ordered a half a dozen toasted coconut doughnut holes. The doughnut hole texture is slightly different from that of the larger version. The edges have a nice crispy oily bite. The toasted coconut glazed was creamy and nutty with tasty long strands of toasted coconut.

Do I think Dough is better than Doughnut Plant? Let’s just say they are different and both in a class of their own. Doughnut Plant has the cake doughnut nailed and I don’t think anything else compares, but yeast doughnut versus yeast doughnut Dough may have a very slight upper hand. The toothsome bite, the yielding folds of dough and the sheer density make me swoon! Mmm doughnuts!

Hill Country Chicken – Home of the Pie Shake!

We came for fried chicken. We left with a pie shake!  Hill Country Chicken serves up Southern fried chicken and homemade pies in the heart of New York City. This casual diner-style joint is homey and comforting. The chicken is crunchy, well seasoned and oh so juicy. The sides should not be missed either, they offer an array of creatively crafted Southern comforts from fire and ice pickles to cheesy double fried mashed potatoes.

Did I mention the selection of pies? They offer such a large variety of pies daily it is hard to pick just one. Flavors include whiskey buttermilk, salted margarita, and Texas billionaire as well as classics like apple cheddar and banana cream.

To make things easy on ourselves we went for the day’s special – chess pie. Chess pie is an English transplant that has become a Southern classic. It is essentially just butter, brown sugar and eggs with a touch of cornmeal. The buttery sweet shortbread crust practically melts into the custard.  It is a simpler version of the Momofuku crack pie. It was lusciously creamy and sweet, but a bit too rich as a dessert after a heaping helping of fried chicken and potatoes.

Pie in a shake is one of the signature desserts at Hill Country Chicken. What is a pie shake you ask? The name says it all: your choice slice of pie blended into a vanilla shake. Some may cringe with disgust but trust me there is nothing disgusting about this shake (if you love pie of course). My pie shake was a combination of blackberry nectarine pie with a vanilla shake. The tart fruit, flaky buttery pie pieces and vanilla ice cream contrasted nicely with each other. It added a welcome depth to a traditional vanilla shake.

Where: Hill Country Chicken

123 Broadway (Corner of 25th) New York, NY 10010

When: 11:30am – 10pm daily

Why: Because you can have your pie and drink it too.

Eat Madison Square Park

Eat Madison Square Park now! No, literally, because it is ending June 3rd and you don’t want to miss this hidden treasure in the middle of NYC. A food market tucked beneath the soaring buildings and full of some of New York’s best eateries all in one central location, this is the perfect place to grab a pizza from Roberta’s or a couple Asia dogs for lunch.  It is set up like a farmer’s market but sans the produce stands. Eat Madison Square Park is also stocked with a variety of sweet eat options. If you need a little afternoon pick me up, this is a great place to grab a treat.

People’s Pops uses local, sustainable fruits and herbs to make delicious handmade popsicles and shaved ice. This is the perfect summer treat.  At People’s Popscicle you actually watch them shave the ice by hand. This creates a cold refreshing shaved ice that has a feathery lightness to it. They have a variety of popsicle flavors and one daily shaved ice flavor. I got the Bartlet pear, which was fruity and not overly sweet. I’m excited to see what other flavors they develop throughout the summer.

Stuffed Artisan Cannolis offers bite-sized cannolis in a unique array of flavors. I opted for the banana cream cannoli. The shell was light and flaky with a nice crunch. The custard filling was bursting with banana goodness. It was creamy and lush. The compact size was perfect for snacking.

Where: Adjacent Madison Square Park on 5th and Broadway

When:  May 12th – June 3rd 11am-9pm

Why:  Because you have all your favorite restaurants in one quick and easy to access location.


The Best Doughnuts in NYC- Doughnut Plant

I recently returned home from a mesmerizing five days in NYC and let me tell you I came back a little fatter and a whole lot happier. First on my list of decadent dining was Doughnut Plant. [In case you haven’t be keeping up here and here, I am completely obsessed with doughnuts. I think they may just be the best things on earth.] This was a much-anticipated pilgrimage to my personal Mecca, the holy land of fried dough. R and I decided to walk across the Williamsburg Bridge into the city to really earn our doughnuts. Upon arrival in front of the lower eastside shop, I was giddy with excitement.

Doughnut Plant offers a daily selection of yeast (raised) doughnuts and cake doughnuts.  The yeast doughnuts are larger, fluffier and fried, while the cake donuts are smaller and denser. Doughnut Plant has tried and true mainstays as well as seasonal specials, all of which rotate monthly. Knowing we had a full day of eating ahead of us, it was extremely difficult to narrow down the selection to only three doughnuts. After what was honestly a good ten minutes of drooling over all the doughnuts available we made our decision: Vanilla Bean, Tres Leches and Coconut Filled.

I choose vanilla bean because for some crazy reason I was thinking I should try what would be the closest incarnation to a classic glazed doughnut. Bad idea. While it was tasty enough, it paled in comparison to the other options available. The flavor was flat and uninspired.

Let me preface this by pointing out that I NEVER order cake doughnuts. I find them dry and too dense. I much prefer the fried, fluffy, raised variety.  With that said, the tres leches cake doughnut was full of flavors and textures that deceived and surprised me. It was moist and succulent with a delicate cream that had somehow perfectly woven its way throughout the dough. It was kind of magical.

If you are a coconut lover like I am this is the doughnut for you. The exterior is perfectly light and doughy with a slight chew to it. It is coated in a barely sweet glaze and studded with shreds of coconut. Wedged between the luscious dough is a supremely rich coconut cream. One bite and you will be raising your hands to the sky and sighing in blissful delight.

*Side note: Doughnut Plant sells the best milk ever: Unhomogenized milk straight from Ronny Brook farm in the Hudson Valley. It is rich, smooth and I swear it tastes like ice cream. It goes perfectly with a tray full of doughnuts.

Our inaugural visit to Doughnut Plant left such an impression on our taste buds that we decided to add a second doughnut breakfast to our itinerary. This time we visited their newer location near the Chelsea Hotel. The space was bigger and brighter with more seating that allowed us to leisurely consume our sweet treasure.

The day’s special was fresh mango – I hit the jackpot! This fried delight was coated in a sweet mango glaze with thin, almost unnoticeable slivers of fresh mango. The mango flavor was bright and prominent. It gave a bold fruity burst to the mellow dough below.

Given our success with the cake doughnut we opted for two more. The oatmeal cake donut had a nice subtle cinnamon sweetness. The dough was fluffy and moist with specks of cranberries throughout. The toasted oats that crowned the glaze gave the doughnut a nice heartiness.

The carrot cake doughnut was nutty, buttery and sweet. It was topped with candied carrots and walnut pieces, which provided a nice contrast to the soft light cake. Decadent cream cheese was swirled in between folds of dough. The flavors were exuberant. After trying this I only want my carrot cake served as a doughnut.

The crème brulee donut is dessert for breakfast. It has an enjoyable burnt sugar top that you crack into to reveal a soft and sweet doughnut filled with a heaping mound of luscious custard.

Writing this post made me both hungry and sad. I now desperately yearn for a sweet glazed bit of paradise and I am a bit disappointed that LA doesn’t have an equivalent to NYC’s Doughnut Plant. Come back to us Frittelli’s! You were the closest thing we had to Doughnut Plant, a valiant second place contender that I miss dearly. My fingers are crossed in desperate hope that the city of LA will soon have a Doughnut Plant of it’s own.

Where: 379 Grand Street New York

When: 6:30am -6:30pm

Why: These may well just be the best doughnuts you have ever had!