I've been frequenting Doughnut Plant on a very regular basis over the past year or so without ever really liking their doughnuts very much. I love doughnuts, I love fresh ingredients and I love freshly made foods - all of which Doughnut Plant has without, in my opinion, making particularly outstanding doughnuts.
Well, I'm happy to report that my commitment (I guess addiction would be a better word) to Doughnut Plant has finally paid off as I have come across a doughnut that is truly worthy of my weekly trek down to Essex & Grand.
I'm not crazy about coconut anything, so despite trying all their other doughnuts, I've always steered clear of the Plant's Coconut Cream doughnuts. Then, this past weekend, while on line at the Plant, I heard the owner recommending the Coconut Cream doughnuts to a customer, saying that they actually crack open their very own fresh coconuts when making these doughnuts.
After hearing that, I figured I owed it to the guy to at least try one of the CC's (after all, cracking open coconuts and scooping out the meat is a real labor-intensive pain-in-the-ass). The CC doughnut was AMAZING! I had devoured it by the time I made it to the corner and had I been just a bit more shameless, I would have headed back for seconds.
The CC doughnuts are square, coated with coconut shavings and filled with a coconut cream. The cream, which has the consistency and flavor of sweetened condensed milk oozes out when you bite into the corners and it keeps the entire doughnut nicely moist. Oh, if they were only open on Mondays I'd walk down there right now and camp out overnight in front of the store just to be first in line tomorrow morning for another coconut cream doughnut. Give it a try. You will not be dissapointed.
BTW, Doughnut Plant is now serving cake style doughnuts, which, in my opinion, are as bad as the coconut cream is good.
379 Grand St, New York, NY 10002