Kossar’s Bagels & Bialys to Replace Pier 72

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Signage for Kossar’s Bagels & Bialys is up at 270 West 72nd Street at the corner of West End Avenue. (Thanks to Joe R. for the tip and photo.) This space was the long-time home of Pier 72, which in late 2020 closed after a 41-year run.

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Kossar’s is a Lower East Side institution, around since 1936 but just now beginning to expand. Its second-ever location opened recently in Hudson Yards, and the famous bagel and bialy shop is set to open an Upper East Side outpost before the end of the year.

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Kossar’s Bagels and Bialys. Photo by EGiniger1 via Wikimedia Commons

Kossar’s – which claims to be “the oldest operating bialy bakery in the United States” – didn’t actually start making bagels until 1998, according to NYCGo, which adds that “The pumpernickel is almost black, while other flavors—poppy, sesame, everything—are dense and rich with a glossy sheen.”

“Kossar’s makes bagels in traditional New York style, which means they are huge with a doughy inside and a crispy outside,” writes Huffpost, which gave Kossar’s the # 4 spot on its best-bagels-of-NYC list.

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A Kossar’s bagel with vegetable cream cheese. Photo by stu_spivack via Flickr

Kossar’s bialys, which Eater considers the best in NYC, are made by hand with all natural wheat flour, kosher salt, water, and brewer’s yeast.

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Kossar’s garlic bialy. Photo by stu_spivack via Flickr

Kossar’s also offers smoked salmon and whitefish salads, rugelach, babka, black and white cookies, challah and more.

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Pier 72 was a reliable diner loved by many. When it was apparent that it would be closing, a loyal patron launched a GoFundMe campaign to give owner Jimmy and his team a final “tip.” Almost $10,000 was raised, exceeding the campaign’s $8,000 goal.

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We’ll provide an update once we find out when Kossar’s plans to open.





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