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National Doughnut Day in New York: Giveaways and best bakeries

Your guide to celebrating National Doughnut Day (or National Donut Day, if that's how you prefer to spell it) in NYC, including freebies and the best doughnut shops.

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606 R&D doughnut trio, in plain cake, powdered sugar and cinnamon sugar. Three for $4, one dozen $15. 606 Vanderbilt Ave between Prospect Pl and St. Marks Ave (717-230-0125, 606vanderbiltbklyn.com).

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Photograph: Alvina Lai

606 R&D powdered sugar donut. Three for $4, one dozen $15. 606 Vanderbilt Ave between Prospect Pl and St. Marks Ave (717-230-0125, 606vanderbiltbklyn.com).

 

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Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

Orwasher's jam-filled doughnuts. $4.25, one dozen $44. 308 E 78th St between First and Second Aves (212-288-6569, orwashers.com).

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Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

Orwasher's sour cherry–filled doughnut. $4.25, one dozen $44. 308 E 78th St between First and Second Aves (212-288-6569, orwashers.com).

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Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

The General Bakery cereal-topped doughnuts: Fruity Pebbles, Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Cocoa Puffs. $3, three for $8. 199 Bowery at Spring St (212-271-7101, emmgrp.com).

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Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

The yogurt parfait doughnut at The General Bakery, which oozes with a creamier version of the Greek stuff (so it’s at least a little healthy!) and is covered in crunchy granola. $3, three for $8. 199 Bowery at Spring St (212-271-7101, emmgrp.com).

 

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Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

Doughnut assortment—including hibiscus, mojito, cinnamon sugar, chocolate with cacao nibs, lemon poppy and coconut—from Dough. Standard doughnuts $2.25, filled doughnuts $3.75. 448 Lafayette Ave at Franklin Ave, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn (347-533-7544).

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Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

Hibiscus doughnut at Dough. Standard doughnuts $2.25, filled doughnuts $3.75. 448 Lafayette Ave at Franklin Ave, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn (347-533-7544).

 

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Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

Vanilla dipped and blackout doughnuts at Doughnut Plant. $2.25–$3.25. 379 Grand St between Essex and Norfolk Sts (212-505-3700, doughnutplant.com) •220 W 23rd St between Seventh and Eighth Aves.Doughnut Plant

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Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

Trio of filled doughnuts at Doughnut Plant. $2.25–$3.25. 379 Grand St between Essex and Norfolk Sts (212-505-3700, doughnutplant.com) •220 W 23rd St between Seventh and Eighth Aves.

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Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

Powdered sugar, chocolate-hazelnut (topped with sliced almonds) and sticky caramel doughnuts at Wonder City at the Brindle Room. $1.75. 277 E 10th St at Second Ave (212-529-9702, brindleroom.com).

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Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

Powdered sugar donut at Wonder City at the Brindle Room. $1.75. 277 E 10th St at Second Ave (212-529-9702, brindleroom.com).

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Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

Peter Pan Donuts & Pastry Shop braid, cruller and black-and-white doughnut. $1, one dozen $10.50. 727 Manhattan Ave between Meserole and Norman Aves (718-389-3676, peterpan-donuts.com).

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Photograph:Melissa Sinclair

Apple-pie doughnut at Peter Pan Donuts & Pastry Shop. $1, one dozen $10.50. 727 Manhattan Ave between Meserole and Norman Aves (718-389-3676, peterpan-donuts.com).

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Photograph: Alvina Lai

The Donut Pub Boston creme doughnut. $1.15–$2.35. 203 W 14th St between Seventh and Eighth Aves (212-929-0126, donutpub.com).

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Photograph: Alvina Lai

Crème donut at The Donut Pub. $1.15–$2.35. 203 W 14th St between Seventh and Eighth Aves (212-929-0126, donutpub.com).

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Photograph: Jessica Lin

Cronut, a cross between a croissant and a doughnut, at Dominique Ansel Bakery. $5. 189 Spring St at Thompson St (212-219-2773, dominiqueansel.com).

One of June's most worthy holidays is National Doughnut Day (sometimes spelled National Donut Day), which falls on the first Friday of the month. The holiday was founded in Chicago in 1938 by the Salvation Army, who chose to honor "doughnut lassies"—the young women who distributed fried dough balls and rings to WWI servicemen abroad—by distributing free doughnuts to passersby. New Yorkers can celebrate the holiday by scoring freebies from national chains, attending events in public parks and by visiting our favorite doughnut shops in the city for a bite (or two or five) of fluffy goodness.

When is National Doughnut Day?

National Doughnut Day is typically on the first Friday of June. This year National Doughnut Day is on Friday, June 7.

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