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Kossar's Improves Their Bagels!!!!!!

Jim Leff Jan 15, 1999 12:37 PM

Of course I've been getting bialies, onion rounds, and sesame sticks for years from Kossar's at 367 Grand, but I've eschewed the bagels. They always seemed somehow wrong to me, as if the bakers' heart wasn't into trying to bake the essence of a BAGEL rather than just a round shiny bialy with a hole in it.

Two night ago, the bagels looked irresistible. And I'm chomping one now, and it's splendid. Very dense and chewy, with brown slightly crunchy skin. I think they're using sugar rather than malt, alas, but it's a low dose, at least.

I can't promise this isn't an aberration--a single magical night of bagel greatness--but here's hoping they keep it up.

Follow-up reports would be greatly appreciated!


  1. j
    Jessica Jan 28, 1999 10:51 AM

    I had a very fine pumpernickel bagel from Kossar's last
    weekend (I was escorting an out-of-town friend on a
    bialy mission). Very chewy, very pumpernickely.
    Thumbs up.

    1. c
      Charlie Wertheimer Jan 18, 1999 08:32 PM

      I agree with you 100% about Kossar's. I discovered
      them about three months ago and I am convinced that
      they have the best bagels in New York. (I might be in
      the minority but I think that H&H bagels are way
      overrated.) I especially like Kossar's rye,
      pumpernickel and cinnamon raisin bagels.

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      1. re: Charlie Wertheimer
        Jim Leff Jan 18, 1999 10:50 PM

        "I might be in the minority but I think that H&H bagels are way overrated"

        You'd also be in the minority if you thought Madonna isn't a really great singer and that Leroy Nieman isn't a terrific painter.

        Stick to your guns. You're a chowhound! Don't EVER apologize for disdaining cruddy food everyone tells you you should like!

        1. re: Jim Leff
          rebecca Jan 27, 1999 05:38 PM

          I also think H&H are overrated, and thay Kossar's have
          the best bagels in NY, and I've tried alot. Love them--
          and love that they changed management, and got better--
          how unusual is that??

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