We only visited Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop in Greenpoint, Brooklyn to get a few donuts to go. Once we walked in, we wished we had time to stay and have a coffee and donut. Peter Pan is an old-school bakery with a service counter, and at least half of the seats were taken while we were there. And with good reason. Peter Pan has long been ranked as one of the best–if not the best–donut shop in the city. It’s been around for over 60 years, and nothing about the place has changed.
If you want to experience a real New York City neighborhood institution, you couldn’t find a better example. There was a constant flow of customers coming in to get donuts to go, but the bustling line wasn’t annoying. Music played very softly in the background, and the older crowd who opted to eat in talked relatively quietly to each other. We thought that everything about the place was perfect.
And the donuts? Yes, they are some of the best in the city.
Monday through Friday: 4:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 5:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
727 Manhattan Avenue (betw. Meserole and Norman Avenues), Brooklyn, NY 11222