Kossar’s, a 79-year-old bakery in the Lower East Side that’s famous for its bialys, is looking to expand to the Upper West Side, one of its owners told us on Monday. Although they haven’t found a space to rent yet, Kossar’s is hoping to open a bakery here, because of our deep love for bagels and bialys.
“With the loss of H&H there has been a gaping hole (pun intended) in the bagel and bialy world on the upper west side,” wrote co-owner Evan Giniger, who bought the company in 2013. “With our 80 year history, and fans all over the world, the UWS is the natural next stop as we look to expand our business. We do sell at Fairway and Zabar’s now, so we know the demand is there.
Kossar’s is currently renovating its downtown store to add a sandwich section and to have employees put butter or cream cheese on the bialys instead of making customers put it on by themselves, according to the Wall Street Journal. They’re hoping to elevate the bialy as a fantastic baked good in its own right, instead of simply the forgotten cousin of the bagel.
Photo via Kossar’s.