Brooklyn Water Bagel Co. Opens in Beverly Hills
I'm anxiously awaiting reviews for Brooklyn Water Bagel Co. (262 S. Beverly Drive) which opened yesterday. Larry King is connected to the co., which plans to open many other stores in the L.A. area soon. According to their website, the secret to their bagels is all about the special NY-style water that they use.
A friend told me he was not impressed...while im still hopeful, down deep I figured it was nothing but hype!
the consensus i've gotten is that they're decent or even pretty good warm, but once cooled, really nothing at all to write home about. to quote my friend, "i mean, it's edible, but i think there are better uses of stomach space and appetite."
as a side and slightly OT note, my neighbor got into a thing with the owner. she was getting ready to back out of a spot on beverly, when this guy pulled into the "no parking spot" next to her and blocked in her in. when she said something, he said, "well you can back up and pull in and you can get out." and she pointed out the no parking thing. he said, "i own this store." meanwhile there was a cop 2 feet away who said nothing. interesting. i guess cops like bagels just as much as donuts.
I tried the bagels, both fresh and "left-over". I think they're pretty tasty. They have a harder skin than many, which gets even harder once the sat for 12 hrs, and are dense but not doughy. To me these are actually positive atributes and "authentic". They also had a wide array of flavors.
I wouldn't drive across town to get them, but they're better bagels than most places, and no bagel is worth a schlep.
If Larry King switches from Nate 'n Al's on a regular basis it might be worth a try. Not sure if he is actually an investor or just a front man, but he was doing PR for them a while back.