In honor of this tradition, we tasted jelly doughnuts from all over Manhattan. Dozens of doughnuts were tasted with one single goal, to pick out the single best jelly doughnut on the island.
With the help of Stephen Collucci, pastry chef of Colicchio & Sons who is known for his doughnut specialty, we picked out the top eight.
In any great doughnut, there should be a balance to the sweetness from a bit of salt, and a cakey dough that can stand up on it's own, according to Collucci. With those guidelines in mind, we set out on our quest.
Read on for the full reviews and be sure to let us know your favorite doughnut shops below!
8. Eli's Manhattan
"Tough cake with a sweet filling, dry dough." - Stephen Collucci
"Very raspberry-y, you can taste the seeds in the filling." - Kate Statton
1411 3rd Avenue
7. The Donut Pub
"Very light and very sweet, filling is not too present." - SC
"Sweet and doughy, without the nice squish in your mouth that other doughnuts give. I enjoy the sugar jelly." - KS
*Side note - I tasted their red velvet donut hole while waiting to pay for the jelly doughnuts and it was very tasty.
The Donut Pub
203 W 14th St # 1
New York, NY
6. Sullivan St. Bakery
"Greasy, waxy mouthfeel. Dough isn't very flavorful. Overall doughnut is not overly sweet, which is good." - SC
"Dough is dense and cakey, super fried like a Zeppoli. The jam is good but has a somewhat anonymous flavor." - KS
Sullivan St Bakery
533 West 47th St
New York, NY 10036
5. Dunkin' Donuts
"Nice amount of filling. Sweet, waxy mouthfeel. Tasty but processed." - SC
"Tastes like childhood. Sweet and artificial, but satisfying." - KS
101 West 23rd Street
4. Doughnut Plant
"Nice texture at first, but a bit plastic-y after - it is a bit hard to break down the dough. Good saltiness to the doughnut and fun flavor. Vanilla Bean is sweet and chewy but has a good flavor." - SC
"Nice amount of salt on the Peanut Butter and Jelly doughnut, dough is a bit chewier but still good." - KS
220 W 23rd St
3. Zaro's Bread Basket
"Nice crumb and body, though not much jam. Sweet jelly, but very nice overall bite." - SC
"Preserves are sweet but the doughnut is nice. The granulated sugar coating provides a nice crunch factor that I like." - KS
Zaro's Bread Basket
2 Penn Plz (Penn Station)
"These are really pretty. The apple was very cakey with nice filling and salt. Good bite. Apricot flavor was good with great crumb to the doughnut. Almost a creamy texture to it." - SC
"The cinnamon is a very nice touch on the apple bombolini, and you can taste the salt used in a great way. This has a thicker, cakey dough that is delicious." - KS
187 Columbus Ave
New York, NY 10023
These hand-filled doughnuts were by far the best of those tasted, making them our number one jelly doughnut choice!
"Strawberry preserves taste fresh and natural. If I was going to make jam at the restaurant, it would be like this. Nice cake texture to the doughnut. The blueberry-filled also has a nice, fresh jam." - SC
"These preserves taste homemade and incredibly fresh. There is nice texture from the jam and the cake has great bite and squishiness." - KS
308 E 78th St
New York, NY 10075