Doughnut Plant has some of my favorite doughnuts in the city. The original location is in the Lower East Side at 379 Grand St and I will dedicate a separate post to that spot at a later date. However, today I want to talk about the second and newer location on 23rd street between 7th and 8th avenue (and as you might have guessed from the title, is right next to Hotel Chelsea.)
Doughnut Plant offers both cake and yeast doughnuts. My suggestion is to go with a small group and order about 4-6 doughnuts. They can be a bit pricey at around $3 but I assure you this is a sound investment. Cut the doughnuts up into bite sized pieces and then everyone sample at the same time and compare notes. It is also important to have either a coffee, tea or milk because these things are rich.
In general, I would suggest the Tres Leches, Chocolate Blackout, Jam Filled (house-made jam, of course) and a Seasonal offering.
After you have had your fill, step outside and look to your left and you will see Hotel Chelsea. Actually you will see the Hotel’s sign from down the street but just go with me for the sake of this post. The hotel is currently being renovated so if you are in the city now, you most likely won’t be able to see the lobby which is usually adorned with a diverse range of art pieces. However, if you look at the facade you will start to notice plaque after plaque dedicated to a famous author, singer, painter, etc that had at one point lived in the hotel. You will also notice the Hotel Chelsea is a designated National Historic Landmark.
The next time you are in the city, try this one-two combo and you will not be disappointed.