In 2016, the cronut is passé. New Yorkers now have another exuberant pastry to sink their teeth into: Manila Social Club’s so-called “Golden Doughnut.”
Since Bjorn DelaCruz, the founder of the recently-opened Filipino restaurant, posted an image of the $100 doughnut to Instagram last week, there’s been buzz about the dish.
DelaCruz spoke to the website First We Feast about the doughnut, which is filled with ube mousse, covered with champagne frosting and topped with 24-karat gold.
“The Golden Cristal Ube Donut came along because there is a brewery in Bushwick called Braven Brewery, and we know the owners…We had a doughnut event where I unveiled a doughnut with icing made with Braven White IPA, dusted with gold. That was the beginning of the golden doughnut [idea].”
DelaCruz went on to tell the website that the ingredients were hand-picked to craft a delicious dish.
“I take pride in this, and to me it’s a piece of art,” he told First We Feast.
“I cook with [those ingredients] because I think they taste good,” he said.
Manila Social Club is located in Williamsburg at 2 Hope Street. It is open Tuesday to Saturday for dinner; Saturday and Sunday for brunch; Monday through Friday for coffee service in the morning.