Go Nuts for Donuts

by Julie Besonen, 06/13/2012

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  • Alpha Donuts 
    45-16 Queens Blvd., Sunnyside, Queens
    It's all about old-fashioned goodness at Alpha, selling airy, yeasted donuts with a sweet sugar glaze for $1. This nostalgic dinette is an easy pit stop for commuters since it directly faces the elevated 7 train's 46th St./Bliss St. station. Club kids and those working the late shift also love it since breakfast is served until 4am several days a week. There are stools just off the snaking Formica counter where you can while away some time drinking coffee, savoring that donut and conversing with Queens characters who've been coming in for decades. From the looks of it, not much has changed since the 1970s; it's the sort of joint Travis Bickle would haunt in between fares. In fact, this Sunnyside block had some excitement last year when Robert De Niro was filmed at the donut shop as part of the movie Being Flynn.

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