When you eat a quality donut, you know it. And with a Dunkin Donuts rising on every corner, it’s hard to weed out the tastiest New York donuts. But one shop in Chelsea NYCgot it right–and has been churning out these sugary rings since 1964. The Donut Pub is a great spot to get your sugar fix on the double–but if you’re looking for ‘novelty donuts’, this isn’t the place.
At first I wanted to find the best donuts in NYC–but that seemed a bit too ambitious. So I decided to start out small, and went with a Chelsea favorite. I’ll admit, the Donut Pub was nothing I expecting. Through the doors you’d think you just stepped into a classic, modular diner–counter, stools, and all. But there’s something unique about the atmosphere of this place. It’s almost as if this humble donut shop needs no more than to pay its bills and serve the regulars.
In the front corner of the shop was the grand selection. There were the basic old-fashioned New York donuts, along with the usual jelly and crème filled. Plain and simple. But there was one basket that caught my eye–red velvet. (How many times do you get a chance to taste one of those?) So I grabbed a stool and went with the popular “Sip & Dip”, which is just what it sounds like.
After only three sips of coffee, my delectable breakfastdessert had already vanished. The donut seemed pretty fresh, and had that ever-recognizable red velvet flavor. The coffee wasn’t the greatest–but it was perfect for dipping. Overall, it was a good, quick snack on the cheap: only $2.70.
Don’t expect any fine dining here. The Donut Pub serves their NYC donuts on paper plates, and their coffee in logo-branded paper cups (even at the counter!). And even though it seems as if this shop is having an identity crisis, there are two sure things about the Pub: they know donuts, and are open 24/7. So head over to 14th Street & 7th Avenue for some authentic New York donuts–because the Donut Pub does it well. Now off to my next stop: the gym.