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PIES 'N' THIGHS, 43 Canal Street (between Ludlow and Orchard Street), Lower East Side

Once upon a time it was cupcakes, then this city’s bakeries turned to focusing on pies. Now the big thing seems to be doughnuts. And why not? They’re another satisfying dessert that has been  compromised by big commercial food chains.

While fried dough in any form still tends to give me major heartburn, I am pleased to see local bakeries using quality ingredients and innovating with unique flavors in surprising locations (I’m dying to try the doughnut at Underwest Donuts inside a car wash). It’s definitely worth a little pain.

Pies ‘n’ Thighs is a wonderful Southern joint in Williamsburg that unveiled their second location in the Lower East Side this year. And that’s when they debuted their sourdough doughnut.

Sourdough Doughnuts at PIES 'N' THIGHS

I came by for brunch and since I had a rather healthy egg sandwich called the Hippie Banjo with lots of vegetables, I figured I could indulge on one of their beautiful rounds. I got the last of the sourdough doughnuts and it was heavenly.

They’re made with an actual rye starter (just like sourdough bread) and left to ferment. So these doughnuts aren’t just greasy and sweet – they have a subtle funky, sour quality that mixes beautifully with the light sweet glaze. They taste homey and comforting and feel like a real doughnut that required a chef’s time and effort rather than a machine’s settings. It’s a new doughnut style that’s fresh and timeless.

PIES ‘N’ THIGHS
43 Canal Street (between Orchard and Ludlow Street),
Lower East Side
(212) 431-7437
piesnthighs.com
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Brian Hoffman is a classically trained actor who is now a full-time tour guide, blogger, and food obsessive. He leads food and drink tours around New York City, which not only introduce tour-goers to delicious food, but gives them a historical context. He also writes food articles for Gothamist and Midtown Lunch in addition to overseeing this blog and a few food video series, including Eat This, Locals Know, and Around the World in One City.

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