This NYC restaurant is selling gold-covered doughnuts

The latest trend in the New York City gourmet scene is not as exotic as a chorizo ice cream or a lobster-caviar frittata, but something much more simple: doughnuts.

Now, we are talking about New York. So these fried goodies are not your usual coffee companion, but one made of Ube—the sweet purple yam used in many Filipino desserts—, covered by icing made with Cristal champagne and flecked with 24-karat gold.

This NYC restaurant is selling gold-covered doughnuts

The restaurant's owner and chef, Björn DelaCruz, working on one of the golden doughnuts. (By Tabakodelacruz via Instagram)

Manila Social Club, a Filipino restaurant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is selling them for $1,200 per dozen. Gold was last trading Tuesday at $1,078 an ounce.

Björn DelaCruz, the restaurant’s owner and chef, has also created a "black and gold" doughnut flavoured with an IPA beer from Bushwick and dusted with 24-karat gold.

The New York Times reviewed Manila Social Club last week in rather favourable terms. The restaurant opened in April.