Dun-Well Doughnuts

222 Montrose Ave(nr Bushwick Ave)Brooklyn, NY 11206
L at Montrose Ave
Tue-Fri 7am-7pm, Sat-Sun 8am-7pm, Closed Mondays
Coffee Roaster
Brooklyn Roasting

A neighborhood is gradually taking shape around the Montrose L stop in Bushwick, including another coffee shop, Cup, across the street, a health food store, and several bars. A 2011 entrant onto the scene is Dun-Well Doughnuts, a purveyor of vegan doughnuts that have an addictive squishy texture. They’re quite sweet, although the sweetness is usually, but not always, flavor-balanced.

The place is owned and operated by two men, one of whom, Christopher Hollowell, can be found behind the counter nearly every day. He’s the soul of friendliness, and will happily suffer through a question he hears day in and day out by people apparently overwhelmed by the standard ten doughnut selection: “What’s your favorite?”

Doughnuts are what people come here for, and no other food is available besides vegan ice cream, unless you count the doughnut banana split as a separate genre. They specialize in yeast doughnuts, and those are the ones we prefer. For whatever reason, possibly the vegan-ness, the cake doughnuts are not too appealing. Coffee is limited to stale-tasting Brooklyn Roasting Company French press in a self-serve urn. The loose-leaf tea is a better bet, with a couple of earthy chai options, and is popped into linen bags for serving.

The dark wooded room is attractive, cluttered with antique ephemera, the walls crammed with old framed photos. A counter extends across the entire back of the room, separating the bakery and work space from the seating area, which consists of four tables and a rough hewn window counter with stools, looking out over sleepy Montrose Ave. A side wall is devoted to well-curated work by local artists, which changes monthly.

It’s a good place to work, with free wifi and a plug or two, working time being limited in direct proportion to liquid imbibed, given the lack of bathroom.