Long before the Cronut there was, you guessed it, the donut. And it was great. It still is.

There are all kinds of donuts, and they are made all over the world. There are even different spellings of the word, too. Do you doughnut or donut?

In New York City, there is no shortage of donuts. Indeed, while new Dunkin Donuts franchises proliferate at an alarming rate, mom-and-pop donut operations thrive (and expand.) Brooklyn's relatively new and widely hailed Dough is opening a branch in Manhattan at 14 W. 19th St. soon, and Manhattan-based Doughnut Plant, in business since 1994, is opening a third location near the Barclays Center in Brooklyn in October.

At amNewYork, we love donuts. We love them A LOT. So we decided to share our favorites with you for National Donut Day, a holiday celebrated on the first Friday of June that was started in 1938 by the Salvation Army in Chicago. It was created to honor "Donut Lassies" who served treats to soldiers during World War I, and to raise funds during the Great Depression.

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