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tamerlanenj Dec 19, 2006 08:55 PM

Anywhere?

  1. Chris VR Dec 19, 2006 09:12 PM

    Here's a starting point: http://www.chowhound.com/search/std?q...

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      Gabatta Dec 20, 2006 01:53 AM

      Unfortunately, the closest place to get real Bialys is about a 3.5 hour drive away.

      1. Maxinella Dec 20, 2006 02:57 AM

        Where? Rein's Deli in Vernon, CT?

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          Blumie Dec 20, 2006 03:00 AM

          Rein's is less than 1.5 hours away, but I do think they have decent bialys, albeit frozen. It's been a while since I looked for them, but I also have been able to get decent (and, yes, real) bialys at some Stop & Shop locations.

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          trembler Dec 20, 2006 03:20 AM

          kupels might make the best bialys in boston- for whatever thats worth.

          1. thegolferbitch Dec 20, 2006 12:58 PM

            tamerlanenj...with no sarcasm I ask from ignorance. What is a bialy? I don't know what it is, but I want one.

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              tamerlanenj Dec 20, 2006 01:18 PM

              It's the oniony, harder, non-holed cousin to the bagel. Here's a link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bialy

              In New Jersey where I grew up, they are sold in the majority of bagel shops.

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                trembler Dec 20, 2006 01:31 PM

                noble cousin of the bagel, dimpled, not holed. with a dollop of carmelized onion-type filling. almost extinct, in it's finest form.

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                sharonlebewohl Dec 20, 2006 01:43 PM

                Kossars Bagels 367 Grand Street NY NY 10002
                Tel: 877-4-BIALYS
                Info@kossarsbialys.com

                Don't bother eating a bialy from anywhere else. Kossars sells to many of the major stores and I'm sure that they fedex. There is nothing like this anywhere. I'm from NY, and this is my standard present when I go visiting out of town.

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                  tamerlanenj Dec 20, 2006 01:47 PM

                  thanks for the tip!

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                  TripleBoston Dec 20, 2006 01:56 PM

                  yesterday morning I actually ate a bialy from Kossars, brought back from Zabars (NYC) over the weekend by my wife.

                  Kupels is probably you're only chance for something decent. Otherwise, bring back a bag from NY and freeze em.

                  Bialy trivia: Tony Soprano ate one this past season but had to have the onions picked out by one of his guys, because they feared it might give him heartburn.

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                    tamerlanenj Dec 20, 2006 02:24 PM

                    Well, it's because he had gotten shot and had his pancreas recently removed. Bialys are T's favorite breakfast, but he's had to adapt to a much milder diet.

                  2. Maxinella Dec 20, 2006 03:25 PM

                    Oh...Kosars also has pletzel. The shipping is too rich for my blood, though. Does anyone around here have decent pletzel? I don't like Kupel's; it's too soft.

                    Blumie, of course Rein's is only 1 1/2 hours away, but it always seems longer on holiday weekends!

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                      trembler Dec 20, 2006 05:23 PM

                      is pletzel what we used to call an onion board in brooklyn?

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                        charlieg Dec 20, 2006 06:57 PM

                        Yes. In my native Connecticut both terms were used. Does anywhere in greater Boston ever make pleztl/pletzlach/onion board?

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                          barlev Dec 20, 2006 09:59 PM

                          No pletzlach around these parts. Seems to be quite rare even in the city. However, if you're ever in the Boca Raton area, there's a small chain of bakeries, originally from the island, called Flakowitz. An old fashioned jewish bakery . . . pletzlach, rye bread, you name it. The chocolate babkas are quite delish. They've been threatening to go online and ship to the north, but I don't think they've accomplished that as yet.

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                      nas1968 Dec 20, 2006 07:01 PM

                      Katz Bagel in Chelsea makes a good bialy. Get there early!!

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                        onefoodguy Dec 21, 2006 01:31 PM

                        Rosenfelds in Newton Center sells bialys, however you MUST be there very early or they will be sold out.

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                          galleygirl Dec 21, 2006 03:03 PM

                          only on Sundays!

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                            Kip McSkipster Dec 22, 2006 12:49 PM

                            Yup, only Sundays, and they're very good (but what isn't at Rosenfeld's?).

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                            Blumie Dec 22, 2006 07:39 PM

                            Any idea how long they've had them?

                            30-some-odd years ago, when Rosenfeld's first opened, they planned to carry bialys -- which my family was very excited about -- but had some sort of accident with one of their machines (at least that's what my dad told me they had told him), so they decided not to carry them.

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                              onefoodguy Dec 23, 2006 12:22 PM

                              I am not sure how long they've carried them. At least the last few years which is how long I've been going there.

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                            buffet king Dec 21, 2006 02:29 PM

                            I went to Katz Bagel in Chelsea this morning to buy a dozen bagels. I asked if they sold bialys. The girl at the counter asked what's a bialys. I then told her. Katz Bagel in Chelsea does not sell bialys.

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                              trembler Dec 21, 2006 04:15 PM

                              where is katz bagel? are they better than kupels? i mean, are they worth the ride over there from cambridge?

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                                Chris VR Dec 21, 2006 04:21 PM

                                I haven't had Kupels in years but Katz is pretty darn good. No poppy seed though.

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                                  buffet king Dec 21, 2006 04:23 PM

                                  Katz Bagel is at 139 Park Street in Chelsea 617-884-9738. It's on a corner near Riley's Roast Beef. Get there early because they sell out fast. Katz is the only place that I buy bagels from. They have been making bagels for a long time. Bagels are $6.00 for a bakers dozen (13). I have never been to Kupels so I can't comment on them.

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                                  cheesehead in recovery Dec 23, 2006 10:59 AM

                                  Rosenfelds DOES carry, on occassion an onion challah - and its AMAZAING! But ive never seen onion board anywhere....

                                  Katz's -- what are their hours? It would be a shlep for me to get there...and would hate to find them closed. Also are they kosher?

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                                    onefoodguy Dec 23, 2006 12:24 PM

                                    They also sell a whole wheat challah which is great. Don't forget about there chocolate babka! But then, this post is about bialys, sorry for the side track.

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                                      galleygirl Dec 23, 2006 02:43 PM

                                      Oh, Rosenfeld's chcocolate babka is amazing... as are all the bagels...still haven't gotten there on a sunday to try the bialis...some day...;)

                                  2. whs Dec 27, 2006 11:55 AM

                                    Our local Shaw's supermarket sells bialys--not Kossar's, but serviceable.

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                                      Uncle Scotty Feb 4, 2008 10:37 AM

                                      This may be a little late, but I have seen Bell's Bialys sold in the bakery section of Shaw's on Comm Ave in Boston. They have no preservatives, so be sure to freeze them right away if they are not totally consumed!

                                      -Scott

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                                        mr mangia Feb 4, 2008 10:56 AM

                                        i used to work in randolph, ma & they sold pretty decent bialys in the sudbury farms/roche brothers supermarket. they may get them from zeppys bagel bakery which is also in randolph. i love bialys but wouldn't neccasarily drive to randolph for them. my relatives are actually from bialystok which is on the poland/ukraine border and that's where they were 1st made. when you get the right one they are delish.

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