Dean & Deluca Makes Me Fall Off the Apple Fritter Wagon

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To frit or not to frit? That is the question. And if the fritters are from Dean & Deluca, the answer is an emphatic: FRIT. I love apple fritters. They were among my favorite Sunday treats as a kid. Last year I realized that it had been years since I had my last fritter. I became fixed on breaking my fritter fast and intent that my first frit be hot and fresh from the bakery. I even posted on the Serious Eats NY Talk section for fritter recommendations. Alas, I only got one response that recommended the non-hot fritters at Dean & Deluca. I proceeded to ignore that recommendation for some months until the fritter craving kicked back in and I came upon one of my co-workers on her way back from Dean & Deluca, fritter in hand. It looked so good, I had to go get one for myself.

Apple Fritter from Dean and Deluca

The fritters ($3.50) come from D’Aiuto bakery. These beauties are crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, studded with apple pieces, and covered in plenty of sweet glaze (so much that it soaks into the apple fritter inards). If you ask nicely the folks behind the counter will briefly warm it for you. Hot and fresh, no, but hot and delicious? Yes.

After some googling, I discovered these fritters were featured in New York Post’s article on the city’s best doughnuts, apparently you can get them for $2.25 at the mother bakery on 8th ave and 30th street. Hmm, this seems worth the field trip. Permission to step out of bounds for the sake of the ML community, Mr. Brooks?

In the meantime, if you have the Rock Center Privilege Card you can save 10% at the 48th street location.

Dean & Deluca, 9 Rockefeller Center (48th Street btw. 5+6th Ave.), 212-664-1363


  • I like the ‘Bux fritters.

    • I’ve eyed the fritters from the ‘Bux as well. They do look good. For some reason I thought that the Starbucks fritters came from Top Pot in Seattle, so I’ve steered clear figuring that fried pastries shipped from Seattle = not so tasty. But, this chowhound thread ( seems to have debunked the Top Pot origin and says they are made locally to the Top Pot recipe, so I might have to give them a try…

      • The first time I ever had a fritter was from bux. Seemed fine to me , but I am not picky at all when it comes to sweets. I haven’t tried any others yet.

  • Makes Me Fall “Off” the … Wagon.

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    These really are amazing. They taste very old-fashioned, like a perfect food memory from my childhood. I will definitely check out the mother bakery on 8th and 30th. But having one of these fritters, hot and fresh out of the grease, may cause me to pass out from sheer yummy goodness.

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    Exposure, I actually prefer the “of;” it has a tragic ring to it. Like: “The Fall of the House of Apple Fritter.”

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    Agreed on the D&D apple fritter. Also, from a value standpoint, the fritter wins hands down. The size & weight of the apple fritter is the equivalent of four or five doughnuts.

  • I had my first one in a Montreal Tim Horton’s. They are insane, but never fresh at the rebranded Timmy Ho’s we get.

  • Hot and delicious, seriously. And the Apple Fritter is so huge, it might take a few attempts to finish it. (I’m not a sweets person. Blasphemy, I know. But I do like fried things.)

  • I finally got to try this. It’s large and heavy which makes it worth the $3. It tastes like a good fresh donut should. Not too sugary and just great. I highly recommend, though you might want to split it with a friend.

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