Doughnuts inspired by food, fun, & cocktails!

The Doughnut Project is a hand-crafted, small-batch doughnut shop in the West Village of Manhattan. The shop opened in October of 2015 and takes inspiration from food and cocktails to create their flavors.  The shop is known for its collaborations and partnerships with local, national and international brands where they create custom doughnuts for product launches and events.  Every weekend, the shop does Weekend Specials that are available for Friday, Saturday & Sunday only.  Led by Co-founder Leslie Polizzotto, the all-female team’s creativity is bringing joy to customers from all over the world who visit the not-to-be-missed NYC destination.


Leslie is a former attorney who oversees daily operations and also handles the business side of TDP. She is in charge of marketing, sales, strategy, human resources, and social media. She also handles brand growth, collaborations and licensing opportunities. She can be found having fun pulling shots and serving doughnuts everyday in the shop.


Originally from Rhode Island, Jessica Bone moved to New York in 2006 to study musical theatre. After a few years of auditioning and baking on the side, she enrolled in the Institute of Culinary Education in 2012 to turn her hobby into a career. Post-graduation, she joined the team at the Michelin starred restaurant Oceana as a pastry cook. Three busy years later, she moved to Bouchon Bakery at Rockefeller Center and Hudson Yards where she worked as pastry chef de partie in the cake, tart, and vienoisserie stations, continuing to learn and develop her skills in a high volume bakery. In that role, she was incredibly honored to receive the Employee of the Year "Core Award" and a scholarship from Chef Thomas Keller to study in the UK. When she saw an opening at The Doughnut Project as a kitchen manager, she couldn't pass it up. She started in July 2019 and has enjoyed creating new flavors and sneaking in nerdy references wherever she can!


Vanessa is a born and bred New Yorker originating from Queens. She graduated from the International Culinary Center in 2013 and has a passion for delicious, homemade pastries that she takes with her wherever she goes. In her spare time, Vanessa loves to perform in and enjoy theater, watch movies, and care for cats and dogs.


Brooklyn born and raised, Kiara had aspirations to work in the food industry at a young age. So young that she attended Food and Finance High School in the city.  She then went to The Culinary Institute of America to get her degree in Baking and Pastry in 2017 and since then she been working in the industry. And although she loves making custom cakes she’s been enjoying helping to make the fun and innovative flavors at The Doughnut project.


Being raised in a Caribbean home in the Bronx means I was always being introduced to new and wonderful strong flavors. For as long as I can remember, I always helped my grandmother with cooking and baking. Now when I look back and think about my grandmother FloJo, I draw inspiration from our time together. R.I.P. For instance, one of my fondest memories is baking a Caribbean cake called Jamaican Rum Cake or also known as Black Cake. Knowing that I loved to bake, I decided to start working in the food industry in places like Babbo Ristorante and Otto Enoteca just to name a few. After 10 years of working in the food industry, I've realized that baking is my passion! My love for baking is endless. I knew to further myself in this industry I needed to get my degree, so I decided to enroll in culinary school and I graduated from Auguste Escoffier School Of Culinary Arts with a degree in pastry and baking at the top of my class with honors. I finally found my new home at The Doughnut Project where my passion and love for baking are turned into beautiful and exquisite doughnuts.

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