Buttered coffee and a new doughnut-finder app: Is getting fat the next big New York trend?

If you ever need to know where to find the city's best doughnuts, we've got the list right here.

Blood Orange Doughnut at Dough Loco

Blood Orange Doughnut at Dough Loco Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

Sometimes we don't like New York trends: drop-crotch pants, "normcore" fashion, ridiculous food hybrids, we're looking at you. But sometimes we like them very much. Very much. As with this one, which we're calling "Get fat, fast"—a movement in the making which started with news that there is now a donut finder app for the city, and that New Yorkers are now putting butter in their coffee.

Here's the (cough) skinny. Doughbot scans Yelp, Yahoo and Instagram for data to connect you to the nearest decent donut joint. Plus, its video promo features a robot making snow angels in a sea of donuts.

And that buttered coffee? Well that's not a flash in the pan, globally speaking. Tibetans use yak butter to tasty up their tea and fortify them against the harsh climate, and Ethiopians stir spiced butter into their coffee.

This latest trend for buttered beverages has been called "Bulletproof coffee" and works on the principle that a high-fat, low carb diet can be really good for you. And delicious. You'll need to use really good butter, mind you. Click here for a recipe for the brew from Concetta Smith at The Spoon and Apron (via Gothamist).

Want more chub-cheerful snacks in time for 4/20? Head over to our guide to munchies and stoner snacks in New York. And here's our pick of the greatest doughnut emporiums in Gotham. You're welcome.

New York's best doughnuts


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The owners of Choice Greene and Choice Market in Brooklyn are behind this ten-seat Bed-Stuy café. Nibble on freshly fried doughnuts and sip Stumptown coffee at the bar (fashioned from a recycled door) while watching bakers roll out the goods in an open kitchen.

  1. 448 Lafayette Ave, (at Franklin Ave), 11238
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Dough Loco

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Haute doughnuts get their big break uptown. Chef Corey Cova—known for funky dishes like a Spam-and-octopus salad and a foie gras Fluffernutter—rolls out eccentric fried rounds at this ten-seat bakery. Behind a counter crafted from old bowling alley lanes, find a rotating selection of flavors like miso-maple, pineapple–brown butter and chocolate-and-stout. To drink: pour-overs and espressos made from Blue Bottle beans.

  1. 1261 Park Ave, (between 97th and 98th Sts), 10029
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Dominique Ansel Bakery

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Dominique Ansel honed his skills as executive pastry chef at Daniel for six years before opening this American and French patisserie. Caramelized croissants, miniature pastel meringues and madeleines make up some the sweet selections at the counter, but the lines down the block are there for Ansel's cronut creation.

  1. 189 Spring St, (between Sullivan and Thompson Sts)
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Doughnut Plant

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Need a doughnut to go with that morning coffee? The chubby yeast-raised babies here are fluffy yet substantial, glazed in a handful of rotating flavors including pear, caramel, blueberry and Valrhona chocolate.

  1. 379 Grand St, (at Norfolk St)
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Peter Pan Bakery

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You’ll find doughy fritters, not Tinkerbell, at this Greenpoint standby. Dip your lightly glazed raised doughnut into steaming coffee at the curved counter or box up a dozen still-warm chocolate cake rounds and black-raspberry jellies—just some of the 20-odd varieties baked daily.

  1. 727 Manhattan Ave, (between Meserole and Norman Aves)
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Editor: Marley Lynch (@marleyasinbob)


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