New ‘Moe’s Doughs’ Brings the Croissant Donut to Greenpoint
Important Food News Flash: As of last Friday, Greenpoint got itself a second donut shop. Yep, that’s right, after many years of plain sailing, Peter Pan has finally got some competition!
Moe’s Doughs Donut Shop (126 Nassau Ave), situated at the corner of McGuinness, is a family-run operation headed by Egyptian-born owner Mohamed Saleh, who has lived in the neighborhood for over 25 years.
Donuts are freshly made on site each day and the selection is impressive (and, dare I say, not entirely dissimilar to PP’s). The array includes red velvet, honey dip, iced coconut, sour cream, chocolate cake, and blueberry buttermilk.
I order a classic sugared jelly donut and….drumroll…the Croissant Donut, Greenpoint’s very own take on the Dominique Ansel cult food of yesteryear (he’s since moved on to pretzely peanut butter lobster tails).
The jelly donut is good, although I don’t find the filling quite as tasty as you-know-where. The croissant donut looks so much like a croissant that I actually wonder if I’ve been sold the wrong thing. But the proof is in the pudding and sure enough, when bitten into, it tastes doughnut-like and faintly fried, with a crisp, flakey croissant exterior. I have to admit it is a minor thrill to finally try a Cronut™ (!!) taste-alike, though I’m relieved I didn’t waste hours of my life waiting in line during frenzy time.
As well as donuts and pastries, Moe’s offers breakfast sandwiches and lunchtime burgers along with other wild cards such as falafel, hummus, wings, and chicken tenders. There is a bar with stools to perch along if you want to eat in, or you can take your treats to McGolrick and enjoy as part of a picnic like we did.
Let us know your thoughts on how Moe’s donuts compare to Tina Fey’s fave…