Doughnut Plant NYC has headed back to the big apple. Closed.
Yes, believe it or not, I still write. But a big thanks to Erik for his excellent contributions as DerekvsLP continues to expand. So after Holy Smoke, I decided to continue to fuck my heart by heading down to Doughnut Plant NYC for some dessert before work. I’ve noticed Doughnut Plant NYC for quite sometime, but alas, since beer and doughnuts normally don’t go well together (maybe?) I haven’t had the opportunity to try them. Honestly, anything other than Dunkin’ Donuts or Krispy Kreme would be great and Doughnut Plant succeeds in this regard.
How to get there: Gyeongridan is a pretty easy place to get to. Just take the subway to Noksapyeong Station (Line 6) and depart from Exit 2. Walk down the hill with the army base on your left and take either the underpass or the bridge to the other side of the street. If you take the bridge, once you decent from it keep walking straight passed Don Charly and Craftworks until you get to the intersection. Cross the intersection and NYC . If you take the underpass, make two rights while you are underneath. Once you ascend from the other side, keep walking straight for about 50 meters and you will see Doughnut Plant NYC on your left beside Swit:B.
Atmosphere and Service: There is no place to sit in Doughnut Plant NYC, so my suggestion would be take the doughnuts to go and find a nice spot to indulge your sweet tooth. The doughnuts look succulent in their display case calling out to the customer. The different colors of toppings and flavors gives the bakery a bit of a playful feel to it. Although you can’t sit and enjoy the doughnuts, it does provide a comforting atmosphere as you wait. Service was quick and friendly. The server answered my questions and spoke pretty good English.
The Doughnuts: No Trans Fat? No Preservatives? No eggs or artificial preservatives? It can’t be true. But could the sign lie? Never. Since I was making such a healthy choice, I decided to get six doughnuts and bring them into work for my colleagues. This is literally the only nice thing I do for my colleagues and in return they each gave a review. The total cost was approximately 14,000KRW.
Creme Brûlée Doughnut (2,000KRW): As per the signage, this delightful little treat was only 2,000KRW. As a huge fan of creme brûlée, I was excited to try this out. The melted sugar coating tasted as close to a creme brûlée without actually being creme brûlée. The sticky topping coated my teeth for a few minutes after I finished the doughnut. It was like “second drink”, when all the ice melts in your drink (The Office: Season 2, Episode 1 “The Dundies”) but in sugar form. A little more filling would have been nice, but what little filling there was, was tasty.
Milk Crunch (2,4000KRW): This had a chocolate crumble on the top and a nice sweet vanilla coating. Although it was a little dense, it had enough flavor to make up for it.
Valrhona Choco Pie (2,500): The great JS tried this one. She said it was the perfect amount of sweet without being too heavy. I guess that no eggs and no trans fat is the real deal.
Tres Leches (2,900KRW): A gourmet doughnut if there ever was one. EK reviewed this one and she said it definitely had a milky and vanilla taste to it. Could it be condensed milk? She said it was surprisingly heavy, which was surprising because the other doughnuts were fairly light. Regardless, she said it was very tasty and would have it for a treat.
Value: 14,000KRW is a lot to pay for six doughnuts, but they all tasted great and I would definitely go back once in awhile for a treat. That said, I wouldn’t make this an everyday excursion. Your credit and waste line could expand drastically.
Who Should Visit Doughnut Plant NYC: Looking for a change of scenery from Dunkin Donuts or Krispy Kreme? Give this place a chance. Also, there were coffees, teas and juices available to wash it all down. A nice breakfast or dessert to take home to the family.
Who Should Avoid Doughnut Plant NYC: Looking for a spot to take a date for coffee and dessert? Keep looking.