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Mar 19, 2011 02:26 AM

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.

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  1. A friend told me he was not impressed...while im still hopeful, down deep I figured it was nothing but hype!

    1. It takes lot more than "the water" to make an outstanding bagel.

      1. 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.

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        1. re: Emme

          no properly made bagel has much staying power once it gets cold.
          your criticism actually has made me MORE likely to spend the time, gas, and carbs to try this thing.. . . .

          1. re: westsidegal

            are you saying there's no such thing as a good cold (is room temp a better word?) bagel?
            just trying to clarify.

            1. re: westsidegal

              i hope you do! to clarify, i didn't try them, was just passing along the intel i got from a few ex-NYC friends... i hope you love them :)

            2. re: Emme

              Boy, I'd be really nervous about leaving my car unattended after royally pissing someone off. Just saying.

              I tried this bagel and it was not bad. Having never been to Brooklyn, I don't have a point of comparison. I liked Noah's better.

              1. re: granadafan

                Noah's isnt really a bagel, its steamed bread. A real bagel is kettle boiled

            3. 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.

              1. 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.