All this talk of donuts made you hungry for some deep-fried dough? Brooklyn has got you covered like a chocolate glaze. “Donut ambassador” Julie Thomson shared three of her favorite places in the borough to engage in a spot of donut diplomacy — and her pick of the pastry case at each.
Some would recoil in horror at the thought of vegan donuts, but Thompsen said this animal-friendly fryer’s goods can hold their own against those made with eggs, milk, and butter at other stores.
“Their donuts are delicious,” declared Thompsen, whose favorite here is the triangle-shaped Pride donut — a special raspberry-vanilla creation the Williamsburg store cooked-up to celebrate Pride week and New York’s legalization of same-sex marriage.
Dun-Well Doughnuts [222 Montrose Ave. near Bushwick Avenue in Williamsburg, www.dunwel
With its old-school Formica counter and hand-painted glass menus, this Greenpoint stalwart brings people together, Thompsen said.
“People who’ve lived in Greenpoint all of their life sit on stools next to hipsters,” she said. “It’s a donut shop dream come true.”
Tina Fey has raved about this family-owned bakery’s cream-filled powdered donuts, but Thompsen goes there for a different delicacy.
“They offer the best marble donut I’ve found,” she said.
Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop [727 Manhattan Ave. between Meserole and Norman avenues, (718) 389–3676, www.peterpan-donuts.com].
Mike’s Donuts and Coffee
This neighborhood favorite has been serving the Bay Ridge community since 1976 — and the prices do not seem to have changed much since.
The shop boasts 25 different varieties of donuts, but Thompsen recommends going with a tried-and-true classic — much like the store itself.
“At Mike’s, I enjoy a vanilla frosted ring with sprinkles,” she said.
Mike’s Donuts and Coffee [6822 Fifth Ave. at Bay Ridge Avenue in Bay Ridge, (718) 745–6980, www.mikesdonuts.com].