More than simply a place for tasty large donuts, Alpha seems like a miniature hub for Sunnyside, a place where locals have come for decades to have a simple breakfast and read their paper amongst people they know. It is this quality that gives Alpha its true nature.
You will hear many real New York accents as the place is full of them. The snaking counter fits about 15 people and the menu is displayed on backlit yellow signs above the kitchen that appear to be 1,000 years old. All this old-school diner feel packs in the charm.
$1 will buy you any donut, and $1.25 will get you a bottomless cup of decent coffee. The ladies make sure to take care of you and will fill your cup before it gets half empty usually.
The donuts seem like takeout items and most people who sit down are having a big plate of eggs and home fries. At 11am they are even a bit stale and the selection dwindled, but grab a cup of coffee and do as the locals do.