Go Nuts for Donuts
by Julie Besonen, 06/13/2012
Atlas Cafe. Photo: Alexander Thompson
73 Second Ave., 212-539-0966, East Village, Manhattan
248 Broome St., 212-677-5047, Lower East Side, Manhattan
The tiny Atlas is a crazy cornucopia of blackboard menus and additional breakfast and lunch items written willy-nilly on mirrors and sheets of paper hanging from every conceivable ledge. The sheer spectacle of it is worth seeing, a combination of imagination and recipe hoarding. Big boxes of donuts from Vegan Treats are stacked on the counter, in luscious flavors like Boston cream and coconut custard ($2.95 each). They're baked, not fried, so they're less likely to lead to cardiac arrest. Another prime destination for dense, moist vegan donuts is BabyCakes, a sweet little café on the Lower East Side where the staff wears retro pink uniforms and Glenn Miller big-band music adds to the vintage feel. A favorite donut here is the one topped with crunchy vanilla sprinkles ($3.50).