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Jun 21, 2011 10:41 AM

H & H Bagel is closing

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

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    1. re: georgeliot

      Fairway, their bagels are better anyway.

      1. re: craigcep

        I always thought Fairway bagels were H&H wholesale.

        1. re: DeisCane

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

        1. re: mamaleh

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

          1. re: koshergourmetmart

            "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.

            1. re: AdinaA

              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.

              1. re: koshergourmetmart

                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.

                1. re: koshergourmetmart

                  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.' ” ) You would think somebody had died.

                  "Breaks Neighborhood's Heart" (Daily News)

          2. 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


              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.

            2. 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.