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Finding New York Biali's In Los Angeles

wiz Jun 24, 2008 02:43 PM

I have tried Cantors, Factors, Nate and Als and they don't make the grade. Any suggestion?

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    ExtraCheesePlease Jun 24, 2008 02:53 PM

    Bagel Broker on Beverly one block east of Fairfax. I pick up bagels for work each Fridays and always get 5 Bialies for me and the other former New Yawkers and we all love them, dry and crispy and heavy on the onions.

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      Ogawak Jun 24, 2008 03:06 PM

      Not from NY, don't know if it measures up, but Brooklyn Bagel on Beverly makes some of the best bagels in town and also makes Bialys. It's worth a trip.

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        Mr Taster Jun 24, 2008 04:06 PM

        We've been round and round on the LA bagel debate... it's true that Brooklyn gets a lot of praise here, but every time this NJ native has eaten them, the bagels have been hard, dense, barely chewable without some kind of lubrication (be it a beverage or cream cheese).

        A great bagel (or bialy) needs no embellishment and can be eaten, comfortably and most enjoyably, unadorned and warm from the oven, all by itself.

        I also feel that Bagel Broker has the best bagels of those I've tried in LA (but I haven't tried them all.)

        Mr Taster

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          ExtraCheesePlease Jun 24, 2008 04:26 PM

          Bagel Broken, LOL.

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            Mr Taster Jun 24, 2008 04:44 PM

            Bagel Broken, but now fixed :)

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        Clyde Jun 24, 2008 03:41 PM

        Also, the Beverly Hills Farmers Market on Sunday's has a bagel/bread stand that has Bialys. They taste just like how i remembered eating them growing up, however they are flatter than the standard ones from NY.

        1. JAB Jun 24, 2008 04:09 PM

          Doesn't Barney Greengrass import biali's from NY?

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            joshekg Jun 24, 2008 05:03 PM

            Yes, they import bialys as well as bagels. I believe the bialys are from Kossars.

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              Das Ubergeek Jun 26, 2008 07:52 PM

              I just had a Kossar's bialy (from Kossar's, though -- in NYC at the moment) and it was delicious, but wouldn't have made it even uptown on the F train, let alone all the way across the country.

              1. re: Das Ubergeek
                Mr Taster Jun 27, 2008 09:36 AM

                Hey Das-- wow, am I jealous. Be sure to grab some Guss' Pickles... the outdoor barrels on Broome Street around the corner from the visitor's center. All further replies should be posted on the NY board :)

                Mr Taster

          2. Tinitime Jun 24, 2008 05:17 PM

            Gelsons sells a bialy that is really close to what I've had in NY. I'm sorry I don't remember the name but they sell them on the bread aisle and also in the freezer section.

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              jeffrosen Jun 26, 2008 04:10 PM

              My vote also for Brooklyn Bagel on Beverly near downtown

              1. Emme Jun 26, 2008 07:56 PM

                If you're on the westside, try New York Bagel Co in Brentwood on San Vicente across from Coral Tree Cafe and in the same center as Frontrunners'. Good bagels and bialys.

                Bagel Factory is another good choice either at Sepulveda/National or on Robertson.

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                  Rosiepigs Jun 27, 2008 10:20 AM

                  totally echo New York Bagel Co on San Vicente: their bialies are phenomenal.

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