My first donut shop donut of the New Year was @ Holey Cream and it was a great way to kick off 2013. After a walk around town getting used to the cold weather I'm going to have to deal with again, I found myself in Hell's Kitchen and realized Holey Cream was on my list of possible donut places to hit in NYC. I had no idea why it was on my list or what was really going on, but that made the experience all the more exciting.
They dress your donut on the spot! I think they have really hit on something here. Totally original. There are donuts on display with a variety of toppings, mainly candy based, but these are not for eating, you get yours fresh on the spot. They pull you out a fresh donut, still warm from its holding cell, drizzle your icings on top, shake your candy toppings or sprinkles and serve you up a warm donut treat. I got an M&M donut and it was really delicious.
I imagine they can follow the same process with the cupcakes they have there. And there's ice cream, I just couldn't find the stomach room to get their signature item, a donut ice cream sandwich you can call the shots and flavors and toppings. That is a stroke of genius, donuts and ice cream together. I have got to get it next time I'm there.
There's also coffee drinks, smoothies, brownies, etc. A little 3-person counter seating area for wolfing down your purchase.
796 9th Ave
(between 52nd and 53 St)
New York, NY. 10019
Quick Score - 9 - Pretty awesome
Donut Quality - 8 - Tasty donuts and toppints
Donut Selection - 8 - All original selections
Donut Freshness - 10 - Fresh dressed donuts!
Service - 9 - Great service
Extras - 9 - Ice Cream, other goodies
Appeal - 10 - Really inviting and enjoyable place
Emotion - 10 - I felt like a 10 walking out of the joint
Other's Rating - 7 - 3.5/5 stars average rating on Yelp!
Price - 4 - More expensive but it is special and it is New York
Donut Dunkability - 4 - Maybe a little tough to eat with hands and dunk
Total - 88