Review: Doughnut v. Donut

No, I’m not going to get into which way is the correct way to spell doughnut/donut, but rather, this is a review of one of the last Wade-fests in NYC. My cousin and I went to both the Doughnut Plant and the Donut Pub to compare the ‘nuts.

Because of the constant differentiation between the ‘nuts, I’m going to use “doughnut” for the ‘nuts that come from Doughnut Plant (aka the Plant), and “donut” for the ‘nuts that come from the Donut Pub (aka the Pub).

The Plant is located at 379 Grand St, Lower East Side. I had first heard about the Plant on one of the episodes of Bobby Flay’s Throwdown, where he challenged the owner to a doughnut-off.

On an aside: I got the opportunity to ask Bobby Flay about this episode in person while at Pure in Vegas for Ben’s bachelor party, and if you ever get to see a rerun of this episode, pay attention to how the episode is cut to hide Plant owner Mark Israel’s annoyance – Bobby Flay said that Israel was definitely annoyed Throwdown was there. blockquote>

Anyway continuing on, Pub is located at
203 W. 14th St, West Village
and is a favorite of my cousin’s who lives relatively near to it.

Both the Plant and Pub have rave reviews from food critics and yelp, but to really find which was better, we decided to put them against each other, head-to-head.

As it turns out, we found the primary difference between these two ‘nuts is that the doughnuts are yeast-based doughnuts, and the donuts are more cake-y in nature. The doughnuts had a really thick almost bread-y texture to it, which reminded me of the Tex-ass Challenge Doughtnut from Voodoo Doughnuts in Portland, OR. I personally like the yeasty doughnuts better than the cake-like ones. My cousin is more of a fan of the cake-like donuts and definitely had a preference for the Pub’s donuts.

So unfortunately a definitive winner was not found, however, if you’re a yeasty-doughnut-person like me, the Plant is for you. But if you like the more cake-like a-la-Dunkin variety, then the Pub has what you’re looking for!

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