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Lords of the ring: Brooklyn’s best donuts

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All this talk of donuts made you hungry for some deep-fried dough? Brooklyn has got you covered like a chocolate glaze. “Donut ambassador” Julie Thomson shared three of her favorite places in the borough to engage in a spot of donut diplomacy — and her pick of the pastry case at each.

Dun-Well Doughnuts

Some would recoil in horror at the thought of vegan donuts, but Thompsen said this animal-friendly fryer’s goods can hold their own against those made with eggs, milk, and butter at other stores.

“Their donuts are delicious,” declared Thompsen, whose favorite here is the triangle-shaped Pride donut — a special raspberry-vanilla creation the Williamsburg store cooked-up to celebrate Pride week and New York’s legalization of same-sex marriage.

Dun-Well Doughnuts [222 Montrose Ave. near Bushwick Avenue in Williamsburg, www.dunwelldoughnuts.com].

Peter Pan Donuts & Pastry Shop

With its old-school Formica counter and hand-painted glass menus, this Greenpoint stalwart brings people together, Thompsen said.

“People who’ve lived in Greenpoint all of their life sit on stools next to hipsters,” she said. “It’s a donut shop dream come true.”

Tina Fey has raved about this family-owned bakery’s cream-filled powdered donuts, but Thompsen goes there for a different delicacy.

“They offer the best marble donut I’ve found,” she said.

Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop [727 Manhattan Ave. between Meserole and Norman avenues, (718) 389–3676, www.peterpan-donuts.com].

Mike’s Donuts and Coffee

This neighborhood favorite has been serving the Bay Ridge community since 1976 — and the prices do not seem to have changed much since.

The shop boasts 25 different varieties of donuts, but Thompsen recommends going with a tried-and-true classic — much like the store itself.

“At Mike’s, I enjoy a vanilla frosted ring with sprinkles,” she said.

Mike’s Donuts and Coffee [6822 Fifth Ave. at Bay Ridge Avenue in Bay Ridge, (718) 745–6980, www.mikesdonuts.com].

Updated 10:16 pm, July 9, 2018
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