In a nutshell: This timeless doughnut stop in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood has a red velvet cake doughnut worthy of gobbling up multiple times over.
With all the newfangled doughnut creations coming out these days–bacon maple bars, cronuts, and the like–it can be hard to find just a normal doughnut around town. Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop fortunately fits the ticket. The Polish bakery in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn has been around for decades and shows no signs of stopping anytime soon.
I love the quaint, no-frills ambiance of Peter Pan: there’s nothing frou-frou about the place, just good eats and prompt service all day long. Take your time perusing the vast selection of baked goods on display, but not too long– your favorite doughnut may be snatched up by another hungry customer before you know it! The more doughnuts you buy, the cheaper it becomes per doughnut, so eat one there and pack some for the road. Your best bet is arriving early in the morning, although we were lucky to find a decent selection for our afternoon pick-me-up.
Peter Pan fries up all types of doughnuts, from plush cream- and jelly-filled yeast-risen doughnuts to spiraled French crullers to classic cake doughnuts decked out with silky frosting and colorful sprinkles.
My favorite hands-down is the shop’s signature red velvet. The cake-based doughnut is a deep crimson color, covered with a light layer of glaze. Beyond the crispy coating is an interior much lighter than your usual cake doughnut, a texture that was most welcome. The flavor has hints of cocoa without being overly chocolatey, with a touch of sweetness from the glaze. This pick is especially a winner if you’re lucky enough to be there when a tray of red velvets arrives hot and fresh from the kitchen.
The yeast-based glazed twist is a lovely knotted masterpiece; its loops cradle the simple yet mouthwatering glaze that envelops many of the other doughnuts. The twist has a fluffy airiness to it, meaning that you may gobble it up in just a matter of bites.
The chocolate coconut has a nice cocoa flavor with a tropical twist from the coconut shreds generously adhered to the doughnut’s surface, but the doughnut in its entirety was a touch dry. A piping hot one straight from the oven might have resolved this.
If your sweet tooth isn’t hammering for a doughnut, indulge in any of Peter Pan’s bagels, bialys, danishes, muffins, and other baked goods that may better suit your fancy. If that doesn’t convince you to check out Peter Pan, perhaps Tina Fey can?
The best doughnut? That’s Peter Pan doughnuts in Brooklyn. It’s a Polish bakery. We shot nearby once for 30 Rock. Its white-cream-filled powdered doughnut. And I really believe, when I first tried it, if I had a penis, I would put it in this doughnut. I finally understand what you guys are thinking about and what motivates you guys.
Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop
727 Manhattan Ave
New York, NY