The owner of Crosby Coffee in Crown Heights is starting a doughnut shop nearby at 1031 Bergen Street, where he plans to serve up twists on classic flavors and even a savory doughnut or two, starting in January. Dubbed Elsie’s, the tiny storefront will offer eight to 10 types of doughnuts, pastries, breakfast sandwiches on savory doughnuts, coffee and juices.
Owner Jeremy Mustakas has spent months developing recipes in a commercial kitchen in Queens, and has come up with “playful variations on classic breakfast,” in his words, such as pistachio-vanilla scones and a jelly doughnut filled with fig jam and glazed with ricotta, honey and almonds. There will also be a rosemary doughnut and gluten-free cake doughnuts made with rice flour. Flavors may rotate depending on the season.
When we asked how they’d compare to local favorite Dough, Mustakas explained that his doughnuts would be “a little more recipe-based, and in terms of taste, they are pastry: crispy on the outside, light, fluffy and airy.”
Elsie’s is named after Mustakas’ late grandmother, a native of Naples who loved all things sweet, including zeppoles (aka Italian doughnuts).
Located between Rogers and Nostrand, the shop plans to be open from 7 am to 3 or 4 pm and will offer only window service and delivery. The coffee will come from Plowshares, a roaster based in Hillburn, N.Y., and the dairy from Hudson Valley Creamery. GMAP