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Jun 9, 2011 12:05 PM

B&B Empire Bagels

Billed as 'Montreal style' bagels, I bought a few on my way home. Not quite there yet. I bought three, none of them really looked like Montreal bagels except for the skinniness of two of them (poppy seed, and a raisin), the third was a puffier than usual Brooklyn style everything bagel. The skinny ones had an ok, but not nearly chewy enough crust -- I'm assuming these were not baked in a wood burning oven. Taste was decent, but without the proper crust it didn't do anything for me.

Anyone else eat there?

I'll try back in a week or so and see if there have been any improvements...

B&B Empire
200 Clinton St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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  1. I went there Saturday morning and almost went Postal in the Place.. I arrived around 8 am.. They were very understaffed.. The place is huge and they only had three workers up front .. I am hoping it was because people called out sick as opposed to them trying to cut corners..

    One working the register and coffee, one running food from the back, one cutting bagles and dressing them..

    Two people ahead of me in line and it took 15 minutes to get by.. After 15 minutes, some lady cut in front of me who was sitting down. She said that she was charged x amount for a full breakfast but, she only ordered a sandwich.. This took 12 minutes..

    The lady ended up getting like 8 dollars back? I was thinking, how the hell was this mistake made..

    The bagels were ok.. My wife loved them said that she preferred the lack of salt and like more of the sweetness.. If you are ordering cream cheese or lox spread to go, check the container as mine were only 20 percent full and it took another 6 minutes to have them properly filled..

    The oven looks beautiful, this place could be something... Though, with the generic quality of the spreads and things, it will only amount to a good place to get a dozen bagels to go..

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    1. re: Daniel76

      It's possible Daniel76 was in front of me, the guy ordered a dozen bagels and 2 containers of cream cheeses to go and I saw that they had next to nothing in them.

      My wife and I were very unsatisfied with the bagels. Perhaps I don't "get" what a Montreal bagel is, but it looked and tasted nothing like what I get from Mile End, and I ordered the exact same plain bagel with cream cheese and lox that I get from there. My wife couldn't even finish half of her bagel because of the taste. The lox appeared to be the generic out-of-the-container kind, which is disappointing if true because there are much better sources in NYC. With other solid options within a 10 minute walk...Court Street Bagels, Mile End, Hot Bagels on Montague...I can't imagine going back here again.

      Montague Street Bagels
      108 Montague St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

      Court Street Bagels
      181 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

      Mile End
      97 Hoyt St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

    2. Two words: head elsewhere! $22.50 on this Saturday morning got us the following: three bagels with very parsimonious schmear (and I'm someone who doesn't like getting lots of cr. cheese in a schmear) and two "fresh-squeezed" OJs, which were definitely not fresh-squeezed and had to have come from a Tropicana carton. When I balked at the total, the underfed, cold-eyed cashier just told me, "that's the way it goes." Staff was all very slow and confused. One of the bakers in back was eating an entire bagel while handling the fresh ones -- that can't be up to health code... The bagels, well, they're different, I'll give 'em that. But they were not very chewy. And that place had like, NO VIBE. Other than all that...

      B&B Empire
      200 Clinton St, Brooklyn, NY 11201