I never saw the apartment I was moving into before I put down the deposit. I learned quickly that finding an apartment in New York City wasn’t an easy task. So I was praying that the one I found actually looked like the video, that the roommates were as nice as they seemed, and that the neighborhood wouldn’t make me want to carry pepper spray.
When I first pulled up, bright-eyed and bushy tailed, to the front door of my apartment four months ago and fresh off the plane… I was SO excited. I thought I’d be living on top of a fast food Chinese store or something. What did I find instead? My apartment was essentially right above… a donut shop.
That’s right. Donuts. Right. Below. Me. For anyone else who has a sweets problem, you can probably understand my glee. I knew this meant the apartment was the right call. I had a good feeling, and I was right.
Naturally, since I live on top of a donut shop I feel as if I should be an expert on its products. After all, when anyone visits or comes over they’re going to see it and they’re going to want one. Especially knowing that they won The Donut Shutdown on The Food Network.
So I did what any sane person would do. I got a handful of flavors of donuts to try, cold brew with coffee iced cubes AND lavender lemonade to wash them all down with. In case you find yourself in East Williamsburg, this place isn’t to miss.
The inside of the shop has a homey local feel, and you’re immediately greeted warmly by the person behind the counter. The drinks all came out quickly, and the barista helped me choose my donuts – which are all vegan by the way.
The shop was established in Brooklyn in December 2011 and named the top spot to find a doughnut in NYC in February 2012. I’d say that’s a big success for the co-owners, Christopher Hollowell and Dan Dunbar.
But onto the tasty stuff. I absolutely loved the addition of coffee cubes in the cold brew so that the coffee didn’t get watered down during my commute. The lemonade was refreshing, but I honestly didn’t taste the lavender in it. Both were great end-of-summer drinks on a warm NYC morning.
As for the donuts, I tried: blueberry almond, espresso, egg nog, maple, and pecan-something. My favorite of them all was the most traditional, maple, but blueberry almond was a close second. The egg nog one didn’t taste like egg nog (but was still good) and my coworkers and I happily split each of these treats for a mid-morning snack.
Feedback other than my own? Maple was a clear winner, egg nog was confusing (or misnamed), they were a little hard to cut with a plastic knife, but in the end they all tasted great. One friend was especially pleased that there were finally vegan snacks in the office.
All things considered, it was a solid experience, but I’m definitely open to trying other donuts around the city to compare. For now, take a look at these babies: