Dun-Well Donuts

Brooklyn, New York City


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Every doughnut I've had here has been fantastic. They are really creative with their daily special doughnuts.They also have really tasty coffee and they sell locally made vegan ice cream.

Dun-Well has become a must stop for me when I'm in Brooklyn! I only wish they had an outpost in MInnesota...

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I am impressed! I am not a "sweets" person myself but I bought a half-dozen for my co-workers on Staten Island to show them that Vegan food can be AMAZING and they were so impressed that I swear they were talking about it for days! A bit expensive but worth it.

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Dun-Well makes awesome donuts (the New York Daily News ranked it among the best in NYC) and is a quaint, friendly coffee shop on top of it. It's a great neighborhood spot and looks and feels old-timey (while I like the look and feel, it seems to be a direct copy of Lula's Sweet Apothecary).

I had a coconut-almond, a chocolate-peanut, and a German chocolate "drop" donut (which are made by dropping them directly in the oil, I overheard). All of them were wonderful, with the former two being like soft, chewy regular donuts, and the drop donut being a cakey one instead.

The service is always friendly and helpful. If you get there later in the day (after 5 p.m.), they might be sold out of the regular donuts, but will probably have some drop donuts available.

Dun-Well also has a small selection of loose-leaf teas (I wish they'd expand those options).

I don't know if Dun-Well is my favorite vegan donut in the world (Fritz Pastry in Chicago makes a great one), but it's excellent and tasty and decadent and far better than what you can get at more famous places like Voodoo Donut in Portland and Mighty-O in Seattle. I'll be back.

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I've tried a hand full of of Dun-Well donuts at Cocoa V and the other NYC restaurants that sell them and they've either been amazing or so-so. They do a good job of recreating the fluffy, doughy, slightly chewy texture associated with donuts, but I've found some of them to not have enough toppings or to have too mild a frosting so the donut ends up being somewhat plain. That said, I'm still totally ecstatic to have a vegan donut shop in my neighborhood and I went 3 times their opening week because they kept selling out by 2pm!

The shop itself had an old-timey feel (similar to Lula's, I suppose), and the owner/employee behind the counter dresses the part. The donuts cost about $2.50 each, which is probably really pricey compared to Dunkin Donuts but really cheap compared to most vegan desserts in the city, which run about $5 for a slice of cake or small shake. My favorite part was that they let me put my donuts into my own tupperware container so I didn't waste a bag. Thanks!

In general, I've preferred the donuts with more substantial toppings, like the S'mores and the jelly donut, which had a lot of delicious jelly inside. I didn't particularly care for the green tea ginger or the blueberry donuts, which I found slightly bland. Also note that the donuts taste much better fresh than left-over, as the sugar/frosting sort of melts away into the donut, which compromises the texture and flavor.

What I'd really love to see are cakey donuts like bear claws and crawlers. Come to think of it, I've always had a very strong preference for cake donuts so that may have biased my evaluation of Dun-Well.

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Dun-Well Doughnuts makes some of the best vegan doughnuts that I have ever tasted. The only company that I've found to produce comparable doughnuts (in terms of flavor and texture) is the ubiquitous Ronald's Donuts in Las Vegas. One of the key aspects that sets Dun-Well and Ronald's apart from the other vegan doughnut companies is that they make yeasted doughnuts instead of cake doughnuts. Yeasted doughnuts are lighter and fluffier than cake doughnuts and, unlike cake doughnuts, they're capable of holding a filling.

Dun-Well Doughnuts makes good use of this additional feature. One of the most popular flavors that Dun-Well produces is the Peanut Butter and Jelly Doughnut, which is a jelly-filled doughnut topped with peanut butter frosting. During my last visit to New York, Dun-Well was experimenting with a Boston Cream Doughnut, which came with a cream filling that was made from the homemade cashew nut milk that Lula's Sweet Apothecary uses in its ice cream. I hope that the Boston Cream becomes a regular menu item, because it was out-of-this-world!

In addition to creating outstanding doughnuts with fillings, Dun-Well Doughnuts also excels in the more traditional-looking doughnuts with holes. The flavors that Dun-Well creates change from week-to-week, but some of the most popular ones (like the PB&J doughnut) seem to appear on the menu every week. An up-to-date list of doughnut flavors available during a given week can be found on the Dun-Well Doughnut Blog. Some of the past flavors include: Lavender Lemon Poppyseed, Raspberry Cheesecake, Root Beer, Key Lime Pie, Ginger Snap, Black Licorice, Peppermint Stick, S'mores (made with Sweet & Sara Marshmallows), Cranberry with Rose Water Glaze, Green Tea with Ginger Crystals.

The only downside to Dun-Well Doughnuts is that the doughnuts are so amazing that they tend to sell out fairly quickly. As of May 2011, there is no Dun-Well Doughnuts storefront, so all of the doughnuts are delivered to local vendors on Saturday mornings. I purchased Dun-Well Doughnuts at Blossom Du Jour approximately one hour after it opened and all of the flavors were still available. However, I got the "last one" of several flavors and I wouldn't be surprised if the doughnuts were completely sold out by 2 PM. For now, I would recommend getting in line early if you want to partake in these delicious treats. That said, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Dun-Well Doughnuts gets a storefront soon.

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