MANHATTAN – The search for a good bagel is set to get a little easier, as longtime Lower East Side neighborhood shop gets ready to bring it’s more than 85-year-old recipe for chewy, delicious bagels and bialys uptown— to the Upper East Side.
Upper East Site spotted signage for the new bagel shop at a long-vacant storefront at the corner of East 75th Street and York Avenue on Thursday.
A large white Kossar’s logo stands out on a sharp red background in the center of the window display filled with images of bagels, greeting neighbors walking past the soon-to-be-eatery with a message on the door reading “where tradition is baked in.”
Tradition really is baked in at Kossar’s.
Founded in 1936, the shop located on Grand Street on the Lower East Side has been cranking out their famous bialys— the hole-less unboiled cousin of the bagel— by hand for decades.
The dip in the middle of the bialy typically gets filled with onions or garlic, but now Kossar’s offers several varieties, including sesame, sun-dried tomato, and olive.
Bialy’s get their name from Bialystock, Poland, whose Jewish Immigrants brought the comfort food of their homeland to their new home in New York City.
Here on the Upper East Side, we can expect much of the same delicious schmears of flavored cream cheese, homemade fish salads and sandwiches that make Kossar’s so popular.
Beyond bagels and bialys, there’s also plenty of options for those with a sweet tooth, including cinnamon and chocolate babka’s, black and white cookies and rugelach.
Upper East Site has reached out to Kossar’s to find out when the new location at East 75th Street and York Avenue will open, we’ll update this article when we hear back.