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Lost My Bialy Virginity

I was born and raised in the city, but somehow have managed (unintentionally) to avoid bialys for the first 28 years of my life.

Yesterday morning, I found myself hungry, and walking past Kossar's, which of course, I have heard numerous great things about on these boards.

I went in, and ordered a bialy. It was tough. The texture reminded me of a day-old bagel. It didn't have much flavor. There was some sort of onion in the middle which was pretty good. Overall, I was completely unimpressed.

Now if I had gotten the exact same thing at a street cart, I would've just assumed it was a poor example. But this was Kossar's, supposedly the best bialy in the city. So my question is this - was that an incredibly off day for them, or do I just not like bialys?

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Kossar's Bialys
367 Grand St, New York, NY 10002

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  1. I don't like bialys either. Perhaps someone can explain the appeal.

    1. Unless fresh from the oven you need to split and toast a bialy, Then liberally apply butter. They are very good when they are golden and hot.

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      1. re: MVNYC

        I have found that throwing a bialy in the microwave for about 30 seconds will also improve it, if you don't want to toast your bialy. Not everyone likes them, though, even when they are at their peak.

        1. re: small h

          Eating an untoasted bialy is like eating an untoasted English muffin to me.

          1. re: MVNYC

            id guess that a hot-out-of-the-oven english muffin wouldnt be half bad, but yeah, once its cooled to room temp, would be a no-go.

      2. Don't let the raw bialy turn you off. The same thing happened to my Midwestern husband. Now he loves them. Try this: Get your bialy home. Have some good-quality salted butter softended up. Slice your bialy like a bagel. Toast lightly. Spread both sides liberally with butter, making sure you get some in the little well of onions. Then put your bialy under the broiler. Keep an eye on it while the butter melts and bubbles and the edges turn golden brown. See if you can let it cool a tiny bit before eating it, but not longer than it takes to pour a glass of orange juice. Oy, is that a bialy!

        1. Very interesting. I guess I was approaching it with the bagel frame of mind, where toasting is only necessary when you have an inferior product.

          I'll have to give it another shot, next time toasting, microwaving and broiling with butter. But not all at once.

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          1. re: lexismore

            Right-as above, bialys like English Muffins are meant to be eaten toasted.

          2. That day old chewy texture is part of the appeal. I hate bagels now that they've become roid pumped up fluff bombs. As everyone else says, gotta toast them. I know what I'm having for breakfast tomorrow.

            1. Bialy's are made to eat fresh. If right out of the oven, which is possible at Kossar's they are amazing. I have eaten bialy's since I was a kid. I always preferred them over bagels. Bagels were the things that were too tough and chewy. Bialy's are softer. The garlic and or onion in the center give them extra flavor. If you put cream cheese on them or some white fish salad, its not as much dough , like a bagel. Much better way to eat things like that. Including smoked salmon.If only pretty fresh they are good toasted. I am amazed that the other posters have eaten chewy bialys. Totally amazed. Get one right out of the oven. Then tell me how chewy they are . NOT