One brisk Saturday morning, my friend who was visiting at the time and I were headed to Central Park for a run. She was in the middle of training for a half-marathon and needed to keep up with her work-out schedule, so I thought I might as well join her. We were also trying to eat as many new foods as possible during her stay, so we thought we would grab breakfast on the way. I remembered Orwasher’s Bakery, a place I had been wanting to try for quite some time now, and their famous jelly-filled donuts. Yes, I realize donuts are not a good source of fuel, but they were there and we wanted them gosh darnit!
Orwasher’s Bakery has been around for nearly a century and is a marker of the thriving immigrant population that once lived in the area. A man named Abraham Orwasher established the bakery in 1916, while living in a small apartment in the back. Once the business started booming, they started making deliveries on horse and buggy. If you’re looking for even more history, there’s a claim that Abraham’s son, Louis actually invented raisin pumpernickel bread here during Word War II.
There is such an assortment of handmade breads, pastries, and cookies at this quaint and cozy shop. Breads of all varieties like ciabatta, rye, pumpernickel, and sourdough line the back shelves while other delicious goodies like flaky croissants and perfectly iced black and white cookies (which are supposed to be some of the best in the city!) are displayed on the countertop. On the shelves on the other side of the store are Peanut Butter & Co peanut butters, jellies, cheeses, pickles, and antipasti for purchase.
I was on a mission, so I zoned in on one specific part of the bakery. The front corner is a special little section devoted to these donut delights where you pick your donut and then they fill each one to order using these awesome “jam guns” that look like caulking guns and are filled with different flavors. I asked one of the workers what their most popular order was and she told me the chocolate covered donut with black raspberry jam was a real hit. That’s the combination I was dreaming up anyways, so perfect.
Orwasher’s prides themselves in making donuts that are light and never greasy, and as someone who normally doesn’t want sweets for breakfast, I appreciate that it didn’t weigh me down as other kinds might. Remember we still had a run to accomplish! I would even go so far as to say that it was the best jelly-filled donut I’ve had.
I keep meaning to come by here and grab a loaf of bread to munch on and use throughout the week. Hopefully it doesn’t take me as long to do that as it did for me to finally step foot inside Orwasher’s because based on how my donut tasted and how many people were going in and out during that short time I was there, I would seriously be missing out.
Black raspberry jelly-filled donut
308 E 78th St
New York, NY 10075