Sometimes the simplest things are the best. When they’re warm and golden from the fryer, dredged in crunchy sugar and shaken in a paper bag, it’s hard to beat a mini-doughnut, and the ones at Chelsea Market’s Doughnuttery(425 West 15th Street; 212-633-4359) are all worth a bite. But we think the best of all the place’s flavors is the Paris Time, with its dreamy coating of lavender-vanilla sugar and nubbly pistachios.
“We were actually inspired by a lavender tea from France,” says owner and doughnut maker Evan Feldman. “Hence the name. We tried a lot of combinations before we found that adding vanilla to the lavender let it be really floral without being soapy. Then the pistachios give it a great texture and a light, more exotic flavor.”
The doughnut is truly bite-size, a classic example that the best things come in small packages. “It’s more fun that way,” Feldman says. “No cutting or messing around — you just pop it in your mouth.” It’s a deco beauty, all sparkly mauve and mint, best served fresh and hot. “We fry our doughnuts to order, so you can see them floating down the fryer and flipping out into the sugar,” says Feldman. “That’s how you know they’re fresh. Simple but so good.”
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