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Eat prosciutto doughnuts and maple-bacon bars at the Doughnut Project

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Dan Q Dao

These muggy NYC mornings might be getting worse, but the city's breakfast options just keep getting better. Last week, we brought you news of deconstructed lattes at Coffee Project in the East Village, and this week we're introducing you to a completely unrelated, but equally awesome The Doughnut Project by Troy Neal and Leslie Polizzotto.

The duo met at Manzo in Eataly, where Neal was a bartender and Leslie was a regular, and have spent the past three years brainstorming and experimenting with flavors in his apartment kitchen. At the store, outré combinations include a Sazerac-inspired sweet and a prosciutto-pear variety with olive oil and ricotta, joining crowd-pleasers like bacon-maple, blueberry cheesecake and a cinnamon buttercream. While all are Crayola-bright, surprisingly none of these small-batch, hand-crafted treats contain a lick of food coloring, and the duo feature only fresh, locally-sourced ingredients in their menu. 

Beyond the artfully glazed treats, the space features actual art: pieces by local painters like Tripp Derrick Barnes dot the walls, which were spray-painted by streets artists Leaf, Miishab and Jcorp. Check out these paintings and try some of the wonky creations at the shop's grand opening party tomorrow, where they'll be handing out free doughnuts from noon to 4pm.

The Doughnut ProjectPhotograph: Courtesy of The Doughnut Project

Bacon-maple bars at The Doughnut ProjectPhotograph: Courtesy of The Doughnut Project

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