Donut shops are cool, but a donut shop in a car wash? Even cooler, for sure. I met up with owner Scott and his wife Orlee to get the scoop on their Underwest Donut shop.
Scott has been in the culinary world for quite some time. A New York City chef formerly of Chanterelle and Union Square events, Scott decided not long ago it was time to open up his own business.
At first Scott thought he was going down the bagel path, then with the opportunity of this space opening up, nothing made more sense than donuts. Donuts + car wash = awesomeness. DUH. The car wash is open 24hrs. what makes better sense than devouring a freshly fried cake donuts while waiting for your car to be washed…nothing! Plus, let’s be honest here. We’re in NYC. You can never have too many donut shops.
The menu features two versions of cake donuts, glazed and sugared. Sorry guys, the glazed donuts are available only until they sell out. But, silver lining: the sugared donuts are offered hot throughout the day and dipped in sugar on the spot.
Glazed donut flavors include brown butter, halva, coconut lime, dark chocolate and maple waffle (sewww tasty). The halva donut is a specialty of Underwest. Halva is a Middle-Eastern ingredient made of sesame nut butter and sugar. It’s rich, nutty and adds glorious GLORIOUS moisture to the donut. Sugared donut flavors include coco raspberry, espresso bean, cinnamon sugar and – but of course! — Old Fashioned.
I was most excited for the halva donut with its tahini base and halva floss topping. (My personal fave—if you’re in NYC, buy some at Holyland Market.) And it most definitely did NOT disappoint. What’s more, I was introduced to one of their new donuts: Maple Waffle. Now, being Canadian and all, I obviously immediately gave full attention when I heard those words said together. This donut, this truly EPIC donut, is coated in a pure maple syrup glaze and topped with pecans and a stroopwaffle. What’s a stroopwaffle? It’s a thin waffle cookie with caramel inside, my friends. OH I KNOW. I have both a halva and a maple waffle donut in my hands in this pic, each donut representing my heritage. (Halva for Israel, baby.) Perf.
It’s time to make some donuts…
Old Fashioned Recipe
This is how the glazing goes down at Underwest. These are the Maple Waffle in the works.
Photo- Matan Hakimi