Food, Travel

Doughnut Plant NYC, Chelsea

August 22, 2013
Doughnut Plant NYC, Chelsea - Sweet and Savoring

Square coconut cream filled doughnut, bigger than the palm of my hand.

Every few weeks this year, we’ve been saying how much we want to head down to New York City for a little getaway. These comments would inevitably be followed by Oh, it’s so expensive…Oh, we don’t have the time, ad infinitum. Finally, last week we knew we just had to make something happen, or else we probably wouldn’t get the chance once summer break is over.

Doughnut Plant NYC, Chelsea - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

Of course the Hotel Chelsea is covered by scaffolding. I mean, this is New York City: everything’s always under construction.

Normally, we bring snacks: some kind of trail mix, fruit, etc, but I must have had a few screws loose last Thursday and wound up bringing absolutely nothing in the way of free eats. (Oops). I did, however, bring a little piece of paper with some places to visit and their addresses. One of those places was Doughnut Plant NYC.

Remember the Krispy Kreme craze circa 2003? Don’t look at me like that! I remember the year because on my way home from my childcare job in 2003, I would stop at Krispy Kreme , even though I had to drive an extra exit past my house to get there. If I was lucky, the sign would be illuminated, secret code for super-nerdy fans like me to come in and get a free, freshly baked glazed doughnut.

(I may have gained a bit of weight while that Krispy Kreme was in business a few miles away from home. Don’t judge.)

Well. That shop eventually closed, and my doughnut addiction died down as well. I still love a good doughnut, but when your everyday options are limited to Dunkin’ Donuts, one learns to focus their sweet tooth elsewhere.

Doughnut Plant NYC, Chelsea - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

The historic Hotel Chelsea has been closed for renovations since 2011. I’m dying to see the inside!

And now.

Now, darlings, Doughnut Plant has entered my life. Revelation! I wish I could remember which NYC blogger raved about these doughnuts, but oh my goodness, was she was right (Oh! It was Ashley!). These babies are better than pretty much every other doughnut in the world (I only state the facts, my friends).

Doughnut Plant NYC, Chelsea - Sweet and Savoring

Entering the Land of Perfect Doughnuts

We visited the Hotel Chelsea location and I squealed at the lack of long lines, which I’ve heard could be notorious. Which doughnut category to try? Yeast? Cake? Filled? We limited ourselves to just one, since I may have splurged on a vanilla latte at Grand Central upon our arrival to the city (but isn’t sipping overpriced coffee part of the NYC experience?).

Our pick, the coconut cream filled doughnut (square edition!), was simply scrumptious. What’s that Mary Poppins says? Practically perfect in every way.

Doughnut Plant NYC, Chelsea - Sweet and Savoring

It’s a good thing we shared this baby, although I probably could have eaten two.

There are more things to love about Doughnut Plant doughnuts besides their taste: everything is made fresh daily, using seasonal, fresh ingredients of the highest quality. Even their jams and fillings are made from scratch! I love it! The business has a lovely history, using the owner’s grandfather’s recipe, and Andy and I were tickled by the friendly service and overall atmosphere.

We sat right next to a woman who had just been hired, listening to the run-down from one of the managers. It was so much fun to overhear about the day-to-day minutiae of the business, and we got the impression that Doughnut Plant probably isn’t a bad place to work.

Doughnut Plant NYC, Chelsea - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

They get a gold star for design, too 🙂

 When we finished snapping photos and had licked the last of the coconut from our fingers, we reluctantly left, with one last parting glance. The manager smiled and thanked us for coming, and we smiled in return, waving to the enthusiastic counter staff.

I can’t wait to go back and try more flavors.

Doughnut Plant NYC, Chelsea - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

Andy photographs me as we pause crossing the street, soaking up the blue sky and the avenues and vibrancy of Manhattan.

What’s your favorite doughnut flavor? Do you have a favorite sweet treat you can’t resist? 



Bagels and doughnuts…round food for every mood!   –Chandler, Friends

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  • Tamara August 22, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Yes, Dunkin Donuts leave a lot to be desired, and Krispy Kreme gives me a stomachache! Sad but true. They’re not around here, though. We have a local doughnut place that makes these gigantic sprinkled ones that I love. Yes, they’re a bit too Dunkin-like, but better and fresher. And coconut cream sounds dreamy. The best doughnut I ever had was when we went to SF with a piece of paper quite like yours. It was fall and I think the place was called Dynamo Donuts and we waited on line to get a Bacon Maple Glazed Apple Donut. Yes, best ever.
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    • Christy August 22, 2013 at 9:19 pm

      Ooh, I’d like that SF doughnut except for the bacon part! 🙂 Will have to look for that place next time I’m there.
      Coconut anything is pretty hard for me to resist (amazing, since the first half of my life I didn’t eat coconut anything!).

  • Shana Norris August 22, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    My favorite doughnuts are plain glazed. So boring, right?! I must say those coconut creme filled donuts look divine. It sounds like such a fun trip. I’ve never been to NYC.
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    • Christy August 22, 2013 at 9:43 pm

      Plain glazed isn’t boring, it’s classic! Nothing wrong with going for a straightforward, dependable flavor- when we get ice cream, Andy usually orders a plain vanilla cone, and I’m the one who will go for the flavor with lots of add-ins.
      NYC is everything you’ve heard and more. There’s no comparing it to any other city! I’m biased, though, haha.

  • Sarai August 22, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    What is it with Krispy Kreme and having such random locations? I swear the nearest one is at least 40 minutes away. Also, I love that the shop you went to do everything fresh and unique. Can’t say the same about Krispy Kreme.

    • Christy August 22, 2013 at 9:44 pm

      Yeah, I think Krispy Kreme definitely used to have a lot more actual store locations- now I see them a lot in service stations/rest stops only. Thanks for stopping by, Sarai!

  • Koseli Cummings August 22, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Thank you so much for commenting on my design mom post. That was so sweet. And when I clicked over to your blog—Donut Plant first!? Girl, you have my heart and my follow.

    Creme Brûlée or the Black out, all. day. long. Best donuts in the world.

    • Christy August 22, 2013 at 10:02 pm

      No problem, Koseli! Thank you so much for coming over here and commenting 🙂 Love your Design Mom posts!

  • Stevie August 23, 2013 at 12:54 am

    Truth be told, doughnuts are my weakness. My hometown had the first Krispy Kreme on the west coast, the lines were wrapped around the building for months! I do like Krispy Kreme but I think any shop that isn’t a chain usually have the best doughnuts. And that one looks amazing.

    I love the picture of you crossing the street. You look like you are just soaking up the moment.

    • Christy August 23, 2013 at 11:17 am

      You’re right, Stevie- pretty much anything that isn’t a chain has much better doughnuts. I am several food-related weaknesses (ice cream, french fries, eggplant parmesan, cinnamon swirl anything) myself! Luckily they’re not all available or easy to make.
      Thanks for the compliment! I really was soaking up the moment- plus I love that I have my own personal photographer in Andy 😉

  • Kate August 23, 2013 at 2:36 am

    Wow, that dougnut looks delicious! We have Dunkin Donuts here in Frankfurt, I think it’s pretty good personally HOWEVER Krispy Kreme is way better 🙂

    • Kate August 23, 2013 at 2:37 am

      Forgot to add – I love the navy dress and yellow scarf combination 🙂
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      • Christy August 23, 2013 at 6:11 pm

        I promise the doughnut was even more delicious than it looks, Kate! And thanks! It’s funny, I noticed how the yellow scarf coordinated with the cabs and traffic lights, but you’re right, it does go well with that dress, too!

  • Katherine August 23, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Love that dress on you! You’re so cute. And those doughnuts. OMG! HelP!

    • Christy August 23, 2013 at 6:13 pm

      Thanks, Katherine! The dress is part of a big box of clothes I received from a friend a few weeks ago, and it’s one of my favorites.

  • Kerry August 23, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    LOVE your dress! I have a very similar one, it’s such a great colour and I love the naval stripes. Anyway, this had nothing to do with donuts but I saw it and went “Ooh!”

    • Christy August 23, 2013 at 6:16 pm

      Ha, I never thought my dress would get so much attention! 🙂 I love it too- I’m addicted to stripes and the fit and length of it are perfect on me. Thanks for commenting, Kerry!

  • Deb April 4, 2014 at 7:24 am

    Hello, from April 5, 2014! I missed this yummy post last year, and now I am thinking we have been in NYC many times since then, and missed trying Doughnut Plant! I think vicariously enjoying this post is healthier for me! But you have now reminded me if Crutchley’s cruellers, from Southampton, way back in days gone by. BUT, dear one, I have their recipe….someday we have to unearth it, and find out if “anyone at all” loves them as much as earlier generations did! Loved this fun post!

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