Everyone loves doughnuts, no matter if we’re talking a simple box of glazed, old-fashioned, and chocolate, or more avant-garde varieties like tres leches or maple-miso variety. Across NYC, new-breed bakers have pushed the classic treat into new terrain, smothering yeasty rounds with blood orange icing and finding ways to incorporate Sriracha (always a good idea). Then, there’s institutions like Chelsea’s Donut Pub and Peter Pan Bakery in Greenpoint that remind us of an undeniable truth: sometimes old-school simplicity—paired with cops and strong black coffee—is all you need.

Here are our five favorite spots for sweet fried dough in NYC.

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