Your First Look Inside the Updated Kossar’s Bialys on Grand Street
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Here it is, folks. Your first glimpse of the re-branded, rehabilitated Kossar’s Bagels and Bialys (note the subtle name change). The new 80-year-old bakery resumes service at 367 Grand Street on Friday morning after spending four months on the sidelines. That $500K renovation is officially complete, and the bagel baskets are stocked with goods.
An eagle-eyed reader snapped the above photo of the interior yesterday.
The updated space is a bit more sanitary than the predecessor, yet still manages to retain some of that old-world charm. Subway-style tiling rings the joint, and the baking area is now enclosed in glass (previously an open room). As we’ve noted, Kossar’s will now sell you a bagel and schmear, so you don’t need to purchase bagel and cream cheese separately. According to the New York Times, they’re also concocting their own trademarked spreads in several flavors including lox, vegetable, horseradish and everything bagel.
Let’s just hope Kossar’s isn’t turned into another “artisanal good” like the over-hyped bagels at Black Seed.
Kossar’s first opened on Clinton Street back in 1936, and moved to its currently location in 1960. Evan Giniger and David Zablocki are together the third set of proprietors to operate the bakery since its inception. Marc Halprin was aboard at first, but is no longer part of the team, though.