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$.95 of Pleasure at Peter Pan Bakery

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When Tina Fey told Esquire, “I really believe, when [I first tried a Peter Pan doughnut], if I had a penis, I would put it in this doughnut. I finally understand what motivates you guys and what you’re thinking about,” that Tina and I were even more alike than just our shared affection for nightly meat and cheese (even if that’s just her character on “30 Rock”).

I did not know I liked doughnuts until I had my first bite of Peter Pan Bakery’s chocolate-coconut heaven or red velvet redonkulousness. And still now, I am pretty sure it is an exclusive affection that has quickly become the #1 reason I have to run. At a dangerously low $.95 a pop, it is one of the cheapest and easiest snacks around especially since the bakery’s open even later than the neighborhood grocery store. Even more elaborate choices like the strawberry-cheese croissant are lavish and filling at only $1.75. My favorite is going with a pal, sitting at the old-school L-shaped counter and splitting an egg sandwich ($2.80 for egg and cheese on a fresh bagel) and then fighting over which doughnut to share after.

But that is still nothing compared to the menu item for the foody of the foodiest: the doughnut ice cream sandwich. Choose from vanilla, strawberry, chocolate and cookies n’ cream and give yourself something to dream about when you’re melancholy, homesick or just really cranky for no reason at all.

Whatever you choose, it’s worth it. Don’t think. Just cram it in your doughnut hole and enjoy.

Peter Pan Bakery
727 Manhattan Ave
Between Meserole & Norman Ave [Greenpoint]
Brooklyn, NY

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Jill S.

Jill S.

Jill is an Ohio native and Boston University graduate who refuses to stop saying "pop" and wearing her Red Sox gear despite being heckled for doing so since moving to Brooklyn. She's been honing her thrifty ways since doing that silly thing people talk about when they ignore reason to follow their hearts and chose a career in the fulfilling but faltering music industry. She earns her beer money as a publicist and writer, and spends her spare time cooking, biking, and trying to decide if she's ready to get a cat.