First stop on my 7 Best Doughnuts In NYC Challenge is Dough Loco. Located on the cusp of the Upper East Side and East Harlem, you can smell the intoxicating scent of doughnuts pouring out.
Inside is a simple store with scatterings of the signature cartoon caricatures, selling unique doughnuts and Blue Bottle coffee. These doughnuts are not for the faint of heart, measuring to about the same size of a softball. Luckily, I’m not scared. I chose a couple, the Maple Miso and Pumpkin Cherry.
Ok, so, I’ll keep it honest. I thought the doughnuts themselves were too thick and dense. A yeast doughnut by itself doesn’t necessarily have a ton of flavor to it, but, when it’s lighter and airy, and with the right coating or glaze, it’s delicious. Here, there was just far too much dough. The glazes are more of the star of the production.
The glaze was very sweet, but, since the dough was without much flavor, it was necessary. The Pumpkin Cherry really exuded the flavors nicely. You first get the pumpkin flavoring and then when you incorporate the red icing drizzles, the cherry comes through. And not that candy-like cherry, the real deal.
The Maple Miso glaze was really good as well, with a sweet maple flavor, speckled with little candied bits.
Name: Dough Loco
Location: 1261 Park Avenue, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? I’m all about second chances, but, they would have to reduce the size of the doughnut first, and I’m not sure that’s in their plans.
Would I recommend it? As much as I love doughnuts, it wasn’t my top pick.