In order to properly celebrate National Doughnut Day on June 3rd, take a tour of the best donut shops in Brooklyn. I’ll admit, the donut is my favorite food and it doesn’t take a National Doughnut Day to get me into one of these shops. If you’re a fan of the donut, these places will not disappoint. In case you’re wondering, there are no chains on this list.
Peter Pan Donut and Pastry
There is no better way to start a morning in Brooklyn than with a fresh donut from Peter Pan’s and a cup of coffee. The old-fashioned donut shop with uniformed staff is a Greenpoint mecca for doughnut lovers. Fans of chocolate glazed and old school donuts, will find themselves instantly addicted to their sugary treats. Go early, because I’ve been there when they’ve run out of donuts. If you can’t get to Peter Pan Donut and Pastry, Brooklyn Farmacy in Carroll Gardens sells fresh Peter Pan donuts on Sunday mornings.
A vegan doughnut shop in East Williamsburg—do I need to say more? Since 2011 Dun-Well has been a hit with locals and visitors. The shop has over two hundred flavors, and they make a limited batch of various flavors each day. They also bake doughnuts twice daily, so you don’t have to wake up at the crack of dawn to get your doughnut fix. Flavors include Earl Grey Tea, The Elvis, Pecan Pie and many others.
This Bed Stuy doughnut shop has a cult following and a menu of doughnuts that will please any donut lover. With decadent flavors like Dulche de Leche (I can’t resist this one), Chocolate with Cocoa Nibs, etc, it’s hard to choose just one. They also sell a large assortment of Dough Doughnuts at Cream Coffee Shop in Bay Ridge.
Mike's Donuts is a beloved mom and pop old school donut shop in Bay Ridge. They serve fresh donuts and coffee. The chocolate glazed is my favorite. After you’ve had your sugar rush, walk across the street to Alpine Cinemas, where you can actually see a first run flick for under ten bucks. Another good spot to pick up a fresh donut in Bay Ridge is Leskes Bakery.
7th Avenue Donuts
Park Slope might be filled with upscale restaurants and cafes, but natives flock to 7th Avenue Donuts for fresh donuts at this twenty-four hour donut shop and diner located near the F train. I’m a fan of their cruller, but they have a nice selection of standard favorites including jelly and Boston Cream.
Since the 1990’s Brooklynites have been making the pilgrimage to the Lower East Side to stand in the perpetually long line for Doughnut Plant doughnuts. Last year, Brooklyn became home to an outpost of this popular NYC Doughnut shop. Choose a yeast, cake, or filled doughnut. If you’re lazy and don’t want to travel to either location, they deliver.