East Village restaurant The Brindle Room started serving doughnuts last week, and we can't stop eating them. They're cake doughnuts with a bit of mashed potato in the dough, small but fairly priced at $1.50. Hang out and use the free WiFi, and you might rack up quite a bill on individually-brewed cups of coffee.
The doughnuts are extremely crisp on the outside, with a soft, slightly dense interior. But the focus here is really on the glazes and toppings. They have quite a hit of salt, which works especially well in the gooey caramel glazed version—think donut crossed with sticky toffee pudding. On Friday, they offered a new version with an intensely peanut-buttery chocolate glaze and a sprinkle of toasted coconut; we hope it makes a repeat appearance. Doughnuts are available on weekdays starting at 8 a.m., and starting at 11 a.m. on weekends, until the dough runs out.