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Caroline’s Donuts Opens on Second Avenue

 Pavita Singh  October 24, 2023  Food & Drink


BK-based Caroline’s Donuts is about to open on the Upper East Side. The new sweet spot is located at 1631 Second Avenue (between 84th and 85th streets) and will be open on Wednesday at 9 a.m. Caroline’s is replacing Polleto Chicken and Sangria.



The most popular item at Caroline’s is its donut-croissant hybrid, known as the DoughCro. The owners tell us it was inspired by the Cronut but that it’s not identical.



They’ve also got beignet-shaped donuts made from a “special recipe”; vanilla glazed, cinnamon sugar and chocolate donuts; dulce de leche, manga and apricot donuts; and donuts filled with orange cream cheese, Nutella and crème brûlée.



Thierry Locatelli and Caroline Lameda were originally planning on selling their donuts wholesale, but ended up opening the BK location in July 2022 based on high demand for a neighborhood donut spot.

The couple live on the Upper East Side and are excited to have a location close by. Their main criteria for a new spot was having enough space to make the donuts onsite; customers will be able to see the donut-making-process in action, they tell us.

Locatelli has been working in the food services industry in New York City since 1997, and Lameda made a transition into the industry after owning a hair salon in the neighborhood, MV Salon, which she sold five years ago.

In addition to their Brooklyn and new UES location, Caroline’s sells its donuts to restaurants, stores, and catering companies. Customers can also place bulk orders directly by calling their UES store at 646-455-0056. 

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Caroline's Donuts Opens Its New Upper East Side Shop

The Brooklyn-based donut shop is famous for their own take on the "DoughCro."

UPPER EAST SIDE, NY — The onslaught of treats in the Upper East Side continues.

Caroline's Donuts, a popular Brooklyn-based donut shop, opened its doors in Yorkville to welcome the neighborhood to their donut palace, according to their Instagram.

Early images on social media showed a line out the door just minutes after the shop opened at 9 a.m.

Caroline's Donuts quickly got attention for their take on the popular donut-croissant hybrid, the DoughCro, which took New York City by storm years ago.

Their iteration, called the DoughCro, is different from the original, and has proven to be similarly popular.

Other unique donut offerings include flavors and fillings like Orange Cream Cheese, mango, lemon, banana and apricot.

But even the donuts themselves are different.

“In the south of France we have beignets, and they are very similar, so I said why don’t we do donuts,” French owner Caroline Lameda told Brownstoner in 2022. “It’s a beignet in the shape of a donut, and we have our own recipe.”

Thierry Locatelli and Lameda first opened Caroline's Donuts in Brooklyn over a year ago after pivoting from a plan to sell exclusively wholesale.

A second location in the Upper East Side makes sense, since the couple lives in the neighborhood, according to East Side Feed.

The new location at 1631 Second Ave., between East 84th and 85th streets, has enough space to make their donuts onsite — and for customers to watch the magic, they told the local news site.

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Caroline’s Donuts Bringing its DoughCro to the Upper East Side

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