New York, NY
If you’re wondering how a donut shop gets linked with a car wash, keep reading. Chef Scott Levine, a veteran of the fine dining world, wanted to start a food business. Going as far away from the fine dining industry as possible, he took some space in his father-in-law’s car wash and opened this gem of an establishment.
They specialize in their cake donuts here. But from the simple cake base comes some uniquely creative flavors – the sort of crazy flavors Scott Levine experimented with at Laboratorio Gelato.
Their Car Wash Donut is the first you should try because, well, when in Rome. It’s aptly named for the place the donut shop it’s housed in. And each element has a perfect correlation to the car wash experience. The vanilla glaze represents the soap while the blue, pink, and green color streams represent the waxes that stream across your car (and donut). This refreshing gem of a donut gets it’s perfumy, lavender flavor not from the sour cream or the brown butter bits, but the clever way they infuse their milk with lavender. Just don’t go home with the lavender car freshener…you’ll be craving these every time you get behind the wheel.
If you can’t decide between a waffle or a donut in the morning, Underwest has you covered. Their Maple Waffle has a sweet, maple-y taste with hints of nuttiness that come from the pecans used in the donut batter and the maple glaze. It’s then topped with a stroopwaffle, making it extra Instagram worthy.
Their Mulled Cider donut was my favorite of the bunch. It was heavy, yet soft, with notes of orange, clove, and cinnamon.
The Mint Chocolate Pretzel is all about the crunch, topped with peppermint bark and pretzels.
The Halva Donut has to be the most unique donut I ate in 2015. It is a truly creative concoction. The batter is filled with un-donut-like things such as tahini and ground sesame seeds. The glaze even uses roasted sesame paste and it’s covered with shredded halva. The end result is a nutty, almost peanut butter-like mixture that comes out as one of the moistest around.
I can’t wait for the snow and the dirt to cover my car to give me an excuse to get my car cleaned at the tastiest car wash around.
638 West 47th Street underwestdonuts.com