The Lower East Side further disclosed its treasures to me this afternoon. After a delicious brunch with three friends at Schiller's Liquor Bar (recommended), I remembered that a place I had long wanted to visit was nearby.
"Hey guys, do you want to go to the Doughnut Plant?"
All three of them perked up. Nevermind that we had just finished a huge brunch. Dessert beckoned.
The Doughnut Plant was just a few blocks away, and we knew we were close when we saw the line.
I immediately knew I was in trouble when I read the sign. How on earth to choose?
And these were just highlights. We quickly learned that the menu features both yeast and cake doughnuts of varying flavors.
The doughnuts were huge-- easily the size of one's entire hand and then some. Between the four of us, we ordered Tres Leches cake doughnut, Vanilla Glaze yeast doughnut, Strawberry Jam yeast doughnut. A's choice, the first photo above, is Carrot Cake, with cream cheese frosting tucked inside. The PJ&J, with peanut glaze and a strawberry jam filling was also magical:
Collectively, the doughnuts were easily the best any of us had ever eaten. Airy and moist, with the rich heady flavors that can only come from authentic, non-processed ingredients. Pure bliss.