Doughnut Plant

They come from far and wide to sample Mark Israel’s delicious artisinal doughnuts. But how to choose? Creme brulee? Tres leches? The blackout?  Oh just order one of each.

379 Grand Street, at Essex


Hours Tue-Sun, 6:30am-7pm (or when sold out); Mon, closed

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This vegan bakery is famous worldwide for its moist cupcakes and other baked goods.

248 Broome, near Ludlow


Hours Sun-Mon, 10am-8pm; Tue-Thu, 10am-10pm; Fri-Sat, 10am-11pm

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Yonah Schimmel

There’s always lots of kvetching about Yonah Schimmel, “not what it used to be.”  But they’re still doing what they’ve done since 1910 — churning out soft, handmade knishes — 14 varieties to suit every taste.

137 East Houston, near 1st Avenue


Hours Sun-Thu, 9am-7pm; Fri-Sat, 9am-10pm

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Sugar Sweet Sunshine

Magnolia Bakery alums Debbie Weiner and Peggy Williams run this laid back cupcake cafe on Rivington Street. The pistachio and red velvet varieties are our personal favorites. Cupcakes cost $1.50 each.

126 Rivington, near Essex


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Pushcart Coffee

pushcart coffee

Cusine: Coffee
Address: 221 East Broadway (at Clinton)/map
Phone: 212-876-8065
Hours:  Mon-Sun; 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
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Reservations: n/a
Delivery: yes
Jamie Rogers and Lisa Fischoff run this community-oriented coffee shop on East Broadway.  They serve Stumptown Coffee, a selection of baked goods (many made by neighborhood friends) and offer sandwiches, soups and snacks, very often created with local ingredients. There’s a robust bulletin board in the entry announcing various local events and happenings.  And then there’s those pushcarts: increasingly popping up at various locations around the neighborhood.


Roasting Plant

A network of clear tubes instantaneously transplants raw beans to a roaster, resulting in a supremely fresh cup of java. A former Starbucks exec dreamed up the idea in his basement. The original store is on Orchard Street.

81 Orchard, near Broome


Open Mon-Fri, 7am-6:30pm; Sat-Sun, 8am-6:30pm

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Pain D’Avignon

The Long Island-city based wholesale bakery sells fresh bread out of a tiny retail stall at the Essex Street Market.

120 Essex Street


Monday-Saturday 8am-7pm

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