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The Most Delectable Doughnut Joints In NYC

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Homer Simpson would have killed to be at TTHQ last week: We tried nearly 40 doughnuts from bakeries both newfangled and old-school to find our favorites in the city. Here are our picks, in no special order.
Brioche at Mah Ze Dahr ($20 for six)
Hole in one: Each gorgeously light, cream-filled, sugar-dusted brioche ring is topped with an equally delightful doughnut hole.
Hibiscus at Dough ($2.25)
Wine geeks would call this one a fruit bomb. Tart, fragrant hibiscus glaze and edible flowers top this yeasty behemoth.
Plain at 606 R&D ($1.50)
Zero sweetness here, just a goddamn tasty nugget of unadulterated fried doughnutness. They'll also be available at 606's sister shop, R&D Foods, opening soon.
Boston Creme at Bouchon Bakery ($3.27)
Keller & Co. apply their prettifying powers to the lowly doughnut. Their cream-filled work of art is crowned with crispy chocolate and vanilla beads.
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Apple Cider Doughnut at Carpe Donut ($2.25)
Like taking a trip to Ye Olde Cider Mill, only these come from a food truck that uses organic ingredients. They boast killer crunchy cinnamon-sugar coating.
Chocolate Glazed at 7th Avenue Donuts ($1)
Who needs artisanal this and small-batch that when you can get a no-fuss chocolate-dipped ring? Bonus points for sprinkle flair.
Boston Cream at Du Jour Bakery ($2.25)
A light, flaky doughnut. Silky cream filling. A slick of dark chocolate. So good, we'd consider rooting for the Red Sox. (Kidding!)
Jelly Doughnut at The Donut Pub ($1.15)
The Platonic ideal of jelly doughnuts, with jam in every bite and an even dusting of powdered sugar. Junkies, rejoice: The Pub is open 24-7.
Cream-Filled Bomboloni at Sullivan Street Bakery ($3.50)
It's hard to stop at uno with these airy little Italian stunners. And, hey, you can actually taste the vanilla in the custard filling.
PB&J at Leske's Bakery ($1.25)
What you wish you'd had in your lunchbox. Bay Ridge represents with a raspberry jelly-filled doughnut topped with a sweet peanut butter glaze.
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