If you ever walked by the Dumbo Muffins sign at 205 Plymouth Street (above), you’d think that the old sign is just a remnant of pre-gentrification Dumbo. But there’s a thriving baking operation inside the two story former factory building (Joshua Guttman owned). You may have walked by while they’re baking, and the wonderful aroma tempts you to go in and ask for a sample. This is what we did and had the fortune of meeting the Dumbo Muffins owner, Gregory. We discussed his business, showed us around the kitchen of Dumbo Muffins, and even gave me a dozen muffin samples.
Dumbo Muffins (dumbomuffins.com) is a wholesale business that makes and distributes gourmet muffins and baked goods to cafes, hotels, and markets in Manhattan and Brooklyn. They’ve been in Dumbo for 25 years and are committed to the area. They’re not about churning out mass produced, dry muffins. They hand make each muffin daily, using high quality, fresh ingredients. They have 17 flavors of their fat free/cholesterol free, 10 flavors of traditional yogurt, and 5 flavors of the sugar free/low carb, and consider customer suggestions for new flavors (no trans-fat, 97% fat/cholesterol free). We asked Gregory what the most popular flavors are. “Our yogurt flavors are very popular as is our chocolate chip and almond poppy. But each customer has their favorite flavor. We take pride in baking our muffins everyday and delivering them to the customer.”
So how did they taste? This is a snapshot of a few of their flavors:
The muffins are generous in proportions, and the texture is fluffy and light on the inside with a slightly golden crust on the top, just like it should be. The berry muffins are packed with fresh juicy blueberries or tangy cherries. Speaking as an amateur baker, I have to say that they were really tasty and fresh; I wanted to try them all. But don’t take my word for it. You should try yourself. While they are wholesale, they accept orders for small businesses and residents of as little as a dozen to hundreds (contact info below). If you’re throwing a brunch party at your Dumbo apartment for 12 or catering for 60 for your business, it’s a great way to support this local gourmet muffin factory. If you happen to stop by and smell the baking, tell them you saw Dumbo Muffins on DumboNYC, and they may give you a sample.