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Salty peanut doughnut

I’m lucky enough to work in the Flatiron district of Manhattan, which is sandwiched between Chelsea and Gramercy and just south of NoMad (north of madison square park).  There are lots of great neighborhood eats, ranging from staples like Shake Shack and 11 Madison Park to neighborhood gems like Blue Dog Cafe and La Maison du Macaron.  And now, since Valentine’s Day, 23rd street is home to its very own Doughnut Plant.

doughnut pillows

As seen on Throwdown with Bobby Flay, Dunkin Doughnuts has nothing on this fun shop, whose only decoration is a wall of doughnut-shaped pillows that sit across from hundreds of trays of fresh doughnuts of all shapes, sizes and flavors.  The shop has only been open for a week, so I haven’t tried every flavor but I was able to get my paws on a couple of their famous treats…

doughnuts

The Doughnut Plant serves cake doughnuts, which they describe as smaller and dense like cupcakes, and yeast doughnuts, which are described as larger, light and fluffy, similar to the doughnut you’re familiar with.

My favorite cake doughnuts are carrot cake, salty peanut, and oatmeal, which might be my favorite doughnut of all.

My top flavor picks in the yeast category are rose water and coconut cream.

The Doughnut Plant’s creme brulee doughnut is also very popular.  Bon appetit!

creme brulee

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Billy's Bakery in Chelsea

Those of you that live below 14th street now have a new stop to add to your “to do” list – a Billy’s Bakery in Nolita.  A new branch of this beloved bakery that’s a one stop shop for old-fashioned sweets and flavorful cupcakes is now on 268 Elizabeth Street.

Although I have yet to check out the new spot, Fork in the Road has an insider’s look at the new space and sugary sweets.

The photos of this new outpost make the space look smaller than the Chelsea location, but I’m sure that won’t deter people from lining up for their signature cakes and treats.

I’m looking forward to a fresh piece of icebox pie and vanilla cupcake.  Their cupcakes scored very highly in a previous Confection Collision tasting…wonder if they’ll taste different in Nolita?

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