Monday, February 16, 2009

Reasons I love Greenpoint- Part 3: Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop

One thing I look forward to almost any time I leave my apartment is passing by the delightful Peter Pan Donut and Pastry Shop on Manhattan Ave. If you're a resident of Greenpoint, this is surely a familiar sight-

Peter Pan Bakery, Manhattan Ave

For over three years, I've have been passing their window nearly every day. I've even gone out of my way and unnecessarily crossed the street just to get a glimpse of their beautiful and tempting sugary treats in the window.

Aren't they beautiful?

And the baked goods and colors vary to coincide with the holidays (shown here- Valentine's Day, St Patrick's Day and Christmas)

Heart shaped Lindser Tarts

Green donuts

Christmas Donuts @ Peter Pan Bakery

The inside is gorgeous and for the most part, I am guessing untouched for the decades it has called this spot home. (Note: Since someone thought they were lamps on Flickr, I just want to point out to those of you have the misfortune of never entering a 'real' bakery - those cool looking fixtures that hang from the ceiling contain spools of the red and white string that is used to tie your box of delicious baked goods)-

Inside Peter Pan Bakery

These shots are from one night around closing time-

Inside Peter Pan Bakery @ closing time

Inside Peter Pan Bakery @ closing time

And on any given Saturday, if you pass by around 1 or 2 in the afternoon, you'll find a handful of USPS mail carrier carts parked outside, while some postal employees enjoy a break inside-

I guess the mail carriers were eating lunch here today

Despite the numerous times I've passed, and the many photos I've snapped, I had never actually *eaten* one of their donuts. I had been in there a few times, but only for coffee. I have a pretty serious sugar addiction, and worried that once I had one, I'd make it a habit. So I did not buy a donut out of simple fear.

However, that all changed this past Saturday - on Valentine's Day...

I was meeting Miss Heather, her husband, and our friend Diana for some bowling fun. And on my walk to the bar/bowling alley, I passed the window of Peter Pan and saw this magnificent display:

Valentine's Day donuts!!!

I finally couldn't take it. I knew that today was the day. The day I finally had a Peter Pan Donut!

Now let me just say- they have quite a reputation: If you google this place, you'll come across dozens of food blogs, personal blogs (including one from Miss Heather with a great picture from the 1960's!), local newspaper articles, and reader comments that all say the same thing - that these are pretty much the best donuts around or ever. In fact, I remember that my ex-husband, who lived in Greenpoint in 1999 when I met him, vowed that Peter Pan donuts were the best. Coming from him, this was a huge compliment.)
I bought a half dozen for the group, but selected my own personal donut carefully - a cream filled beaut with shredded coconut and pink sprinkles on top. And after two rounds of bowling fun it was donut time! At the first sugary awesome bite, I think my eyes rolled into the back of my head: It really was the best donut I had ever consumed in my life!

So if you find yourself in Greenpoint - or are close enough and willing to make a trip for the best donuts ever - take the G to the Nassau stop, exit on the Norman side and walk north (toward Meserole) half a block. You'll be glad you did!

Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop
727 Manhattan Ave. (between Norman & Meserole)