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H & H Bagel is closing

AdinaA Jun 21, 2011 10:41 AM


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    mrogovin Jun 22, 2011 10:39 AM

    IT could have been the rents or the tax issue, but I think what did them in was baking blueberry bagels. A sacrilege. They should have been drawn and quartered for such an offense. On the other hand, they are (were) the only bagel place I knew that, aside from making very good bagels in general, made sourdough bagels (mmmmm, a foodie's delight). I have been missing that ever since I left the UWS (by the way, the H&H bagels on the east side has no connection and is not reliably kosher). In Teaneck, Sammy's makes excellent bagels, but not sourdough. sigh.

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      AdinaA Jun 22, 2011 05:39 AM

      Lender's bagel story. I once flew out of New Haven seated beside three Lender's executives. Insisting that their bagels are as good as anybody's, they offered one still faintly warm from the oven and redolent of just-baked bread. It really was good. Not like a Lender's bagel at all. Maybe all bagels are good when they are still warm. But, that was the thing about H & H, as Avitrek says, you could get them hot from the oven.

      A bagel that sits in a delivery truck for a few hours is not particularly worth eating. Cold, it's just a round piece of bread.

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      1. re: AdinaA
        bagelman01 Jun 22, 2011 08:42 AM


        I am a New Haven Native. My first job after College was as the purchasing manager for a large New Haven based Kosher bakery, hence the moniker 'bagelman'

        \That said, The Lenders haven't made a good or fresh bagel in New Haven in many, many years. The whole operation went downhill after it was sold to a conglomerate. That fresh bagel you tasted was probably from Bagel Board, S. Kinder or H. Lender, the 3 restaurant names used by the local operation retained by Murray and Marvin Lender (now long gone). The propuct was not the same as the small bagels made for the freezer or the later large size fresh bagels made for supermarket distribution with a long shelf life.

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        mamaleh Jun 21, 2011 01:33 PM

        how sad.

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          koshergourmetmart Jun 21, 2011 03:30 PM

          it is just their upper west side location -80th and broadway. Their factory has a retail store at 639 West 46th Street

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            AdinaA Jun 21, 2011 05:33 PM

            "just their Upper West Side location"... just? How can you be so heartless? A neighborhood is sitting shiva for the closing of a beloved bakery. The Atlantic made a shiva call. http://www.theatlanticwire.com/nation...

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              koshergourmetmart Jun 21, 2011 08:17 PM

              Your post title made it sound like that they were closing completely-I wanted people to know that H&H will still make bagels (hopefully) for many years to come. While it is sad that their Upper West side location is closing, from the article you posted they have been playing fast and loose with paying taxes.

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                avitrek Jun 21, 2011 08:40 PM

                Yes, but the factory ones eaten hours later aren't that special. What was great about H&H was stopping by the store and eating a hot bagel fresh out of the oven.

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                  AdinaA Jun 22, 2011 05:32 AM

                  My apologies. It was correct and useful of you to note that the central bakery will still be open. I should have put a smiley face. But, from the way New Yorkers are carrying on (NY Times "Last Whiff of Bagels, Mixed with Despair" quote: “That is literally tragic,” and "learning the store would close affected her 'deeply.' ” ) http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/22/nyregion/when-its-not-just-a-roll-with-a-hole-in-the-center.html You would think somebody had died.

                  "Breaks Neighborhood's Heart" (Daily News) http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2...

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            georgeliot Jun 21, 2011 12:03 PM

            How sad. Where will I go for fresh bagels Motzei pesach ?

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              craigcep Jun 21, 2011 01:13 PM

              Fairway, their bagels are better anyway.

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                DeisCane Jun 22, 2011 04:56 AM

                I always thought Fairway bagels were H&H wholesale.

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                  craigcep Jun 22, 2011 05:34 AM

                  I don't think so. They have a different texture and shape.

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                    AdinaA Jun 22, 2011 05:43 AM

                    http://www.fairwaymarket.com/pages.ph... Baked at Fairway.

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                      DeisCane Jun 22, 2011 06:20 AM

                      Cool. Good find, Adina.

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