Bagel Boss Debuts Latest Outpost at Former OddFellows on East Houston
On Tuesday, long-standing local chain, Bagel Boss, debuted its latest outpost – the Little Italy storefront previously occupied by Oddfellows ice cream shop on the corner of East Houston and Mott Streets.
Bagel Boss owner-manager, Alex, tells us that it’s been busy since opening day. But that their launch came with a bit of an unwelcomed intrusion. The new spot was burglarized sometime overnight… And as it turns out, through the same storefront window, and allegedly by the same culprit, who broke into Oddfellows during the pandemic shutdown. With the aid video surveillance, cops nabbed the robber – who only made out with some petty cash – outside the CVS across the street later that day.
But like a true New Yorker, Alex took it in stride and appeared eager to please locals as well as customers already familiar with their brand.
The family run business, which started in 1976 in Hicksville, Long Island, has been on a bit of an expansion tear with a new spot on East 14th Street off 1st Avenue, as well as stretching out to New Jersey. Cheaper storefront rents may aid in this growth, but perhaps more importantly, locals now see such small businesses as integral to the post-Covid economic recovery and necessity in maintaining a neighborhood streetscape.
Indeed, locals have been anxiously anticipating the opening as desperately needed affordable lunch spot in the nabe on the cusp of Little Italy, SoHo, and NoHo.
Bagel Boss is also a welcomed addition to the diverse array of restaurants and neighborhood haunts on this commuter stretch of Houston between Mott and Mulberry Street that saw the loss of Lite-Delights – a shake, sandwich and salad spot that was forced to shutter during the pandemic after 25 years in business.
Unlike the Bagel Boss’ better known 15th Street and 1st Avenue spot, this new location is non-kosher. So that means you’ll be able to get your egg and cheese bagel with bacon! There’s also a full breakfast menu that includes traditional Challah pancakes as well as French Toast. Not to mention their trademarked “Flagel” – a flattened bagel with a tasty texture. While their traditional hand-rolled bagels won’t be kettle cooked in-store, the goods will arrive fresh daily from their other locations.
The new locale has a take-out window facing Mott Street and real NYC deli vibe that’s super clean and compact while still affording two eat-in tables with a cozy red booth.
For now, hours are 7am-3pm but may expand and has a full array of delivery service options.