by The Culinistas
Hanukkah celebrates the miracle of a small amount of oil lasting for eight nights, instead of just one. Because of this, Hanukkah dishes celebrate oil, the prime example being fried latkes. Doughnuts, known for their oil baths too, are another staple on many family’s Hanukkah tables. In NYC, there’s no shortage of options, but below are our picks.
The OG Grand Street location celebrates its 20th anniversary this upcoming year. Meaning 20 years of perfecting the art of the doughnut. Traditional yeast or cake doughnuts are available, in addition to vegan options. Don’t miss the square filled, stuffed with homemade blackberry jam.
We’ll be the first to admit that an ultra hip LES bakery with holographic packaging, neon lighting, and flecked marble countertops is not the first place we’d think of trying, for fear of falling into an “Instagram Trap.” However, Supermoon delivers. Their brioche donuts are filled with delicacies like lemon cream and smashed carrot cake. The toppings are as beautiful as they are delicious, especially the torched meringue.
Your destination for 24 hour donut deliciousness in the West Village and Astor Place. The Donut Pub serves up donuts, crullers and the holes if you’re feeling snacky. It’s a classic spot with no frills or artisanal flavors, probably because owner, Brooklyn native Buzzy Geduld has spent the majority of his life both running the pub and working as a trader on Wall Street.
Dough is known for their bright, innovative flavors and small batch process. The hibiscus flavor may have graced your Instagram feed in the last few years and it’s without a doubt a solid option. But don’t sleep on Dulce de Leche rolled in toasted, slivered almonds or Cafe au Lait with a roasted coffee glaze and crunchy pecan topping. Locations in both Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop
An old school Greenpoint joint with a limited menu and the remnants of a New York that just doesn’t exist anymore. With a 4:30am start time on the weekdays, you can always count on a breakfast doughnut waiting for you, and during Hanukkah, you’ve got the perfect excuse.
A special thanks to Supermoon Bakehouse for the beautiful photograph.