379 Grand St, New York, NY | Directions 1000240.716299 -73.988495
Tue-Sun, 6:30am-7pm (or when sold out); Mon, closed
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Lower East Side
These massive, much-hyped, square donuts, with their progressive toppings and flavors, are beloved by a certain class of eater. I personally loathe them but I appear to be alone in this. They are definitely a far cry from Krispy Kreme.
Not worth it anymore. – Revision: Staff is still rude, more so now. I regret spending so much money on this place over the years and referring people to it. I'm finally tired of the check out girls' attitude. She over charged me (again) and almost didn't give me 10 dollars back as my change and when I told her she had made a mistake (I was nicer about it than on this post) she rolled her eyes and sighed. The doughnuts are just OK now, nothing special. I'm very disappointed in this place and they raised the price of the doughnuts. Totally not worth it for almost 3 bucks a pop. Oh, and there is no cash register so if you do make the mistake of going, make sure you have time to sit there and calculate the amounts yourself or the house will keep more of your hard earned cash. And careful not to ask for a box unless you want to get more attitude from the morons they have working at checkout.
This is just OK. – Ok, now I read the other reivews before I wrote this. Now lets not even consider dunkin donuts as a comparible donut. DD's is nothing but caulk with a little sugar. Anyway, I'm from Southern California and we have huge yeast, soft, fresh, and glazed just right donuts. I just everyone's glaze donuts to judge weather or not they can make a donut. That be said. They have a good variety. I got the Glaze, Tres Leche, and Organic Orange. I could not eat the tres leche (cake donut), and it was soaked with leche...like a the cake.. (I just can't do milk). The orange was good, and so was the glaze. NO DD's, not even close, but they are not like California at all. They are fresh (lite, but heavy at the same time) has that homemade feeling, warm, you can get a variety... They are OK, i would not go back, but i would eat them again.
Doughnut Perfection! – The last time I was in New York, a friend who is familiar with my love of doughnuts recommended I try out this place. Now I have eaten a few (thousand) doughnuts in my time, all over the country, but never have I found anything better than this place. The guy at the counter was exceptionally friendly and helpful with his suggestions, and everything I tried was REALLY good, so much so that I made a couple of return trips while I was in town. The coconut glazed with coconut cream was my absolute favorite! If you love doughnuts as much as I do, you owe it to yourself to make the trek to 379 Grand Street.
Bad Attitude – Haven't really tried the donuts. Probably won't. I think this guy was the worst I've ever seen on Bobby Flay's show. He had such a bad attitude. Doesn't he realize that Bobby wouldn't have picked him if he didn't think he was already the best? This is free press. Take advantage of it. OMG!!!! He blew it. His little sissy attitude lost him a lot of business, even if he doesn't want to admit it. Oh, and by the way....word of mouth advertisement goes a long way.
BEST DOUGHNUTS EVER (YOU'LL NEVER EAT DUNKIN AGAIN) – I always go far out of my way to find a place that sells these doughnuts. they are SO delicious. worth a trip to the home plant...
Everyone has an opinion... – I just read the two most recent reviews here and am reminded of George Bernard Shaw's quote: "Do not do unto others as you would expect they should do unto you: Their tastes may not be the same." Where do I start? At a time in NYC's history when it's more and more difficult to find reality, original ideas and genuine people behind a business and not a corporation -- the Doughnut Plant is an oasis! The reviewer saw the owner in the bakery? I see him there, too. He WORKS there and usually he's exhausted, but never has he not been friendly. (I don't doubt he rolled his eyes at the reviewer's mother, but it's a long story: he had a really bad experience with that TV show.) Anyway, I love just about everything at the Doughnut Plant. And I like making the trek to the bakery instead of buying them at Joe's or Dean and Deluca because it seems they always experiment with new flavors. The guy beind the counter is always suggesting someting new for me to try "it's SOO good..." And the cake doughtnuts? And the jelly doughnuts? And the hot chocolate? Too bad those people had a bad experience. Let them go to those chain "donut" shops and be miserable there. And long live the Doughnut Plant.
just ok – the place looks awful !!! i never expected THAT, business isn't picking up or the owner is cheap !! a dirty hole in the middle of nowhere, doughnuts are ok, way overpriced !!!! i saw the guy on 'Throwdown' with Bobby Flay; the owner had an attitude !! : What ??? someone is going to try to make better doughnuts than ME ?
Anyway, i will never go back.
HE just doesn't deserve the business – Ok so the doughtnuts were good, but neither I nor anyone else that I was with will ever go back. If it wasn't for Bobby Flay's Throwdown I never would have known that this place even existed - and I'm pretty sure a lot of his business comes from his television appearances...but the guy doesn't appreciate it a bit. The owner was actually there when we were and my mom said to him "Hey, I saw you on Throwdown and I just had to come in and try." The owner's response - "Oh good" (might I please add that this was said sarcastically and with an extreme eye roll). It was so bad we actually almost said something to him about his nasty attitude and almost didn't buy a donut...but then we figured we had already walked to the middle of nowhere and we weren't going there for no reason.
So basically...if you think that someone who owns a service business should actually care about their customers, don't step in the door. Go to your local Dunkin Donuts - they'll actually have a smile on their face.
My eyes have been opened! – Every now and then I am lucky enough to witness something so perfect it cannot possibly be improved. Mozart's Clarinet Concerto, the view of the land from the top of Siena's Torre del Mangia, the view of the sky from the crater of Mount Bromo in Java, and now...a fresh strawberry yeast doughnut from the little shop at 379 Grand. I will never visit NYC again without making a trip to the Doughnut Plant, I am so completely in awe.
Hole in the Wall with Great Donuts – I went on a Sunday afternoon, it was pretty crowded at the time. It's a tiny place that fits probably 10 people max. Their donuts are on display and they had a pretty good variety - blueberry jelly doughnuts, cinnamon rolls, hazelnut, lemon, tres leches, chocolate, etc. They're 2 bucks a pop but most of them are much larger than your average Dunkin' Donuts-sized doughnuts. There's two types - cakey and doughy. They're both really good - my fave was the jelly. Very fresh, very delicous, fast service. Coffee was mediocre and not very hot (self-serve station, also only milk and no cream).
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