By Carol Tannenhauser
When the Pier 72 diner closed on the southeast corner of West 72nd Street and West End Avenue in November 2020, the neighborhood viewed it as the loss of another institution. Loyal customers were so bereft they launched a petition and fundraiser to save it. Who could ever replace Jimmy and Georgia, who had run the place together, like family, for 42 years?
Well, hold onto your hats, because another institution, known throughout the city and country, is coming to that spot: Kossar’s Bagels & Bialys.
WSR heard the news from Harriet Flehinger, who sent the above photograph and wrote, “My husband is very excited. He will finally be able to get his ‘bialy of blessed memory’ from childhood.” We immediately called the manager of the original, 86-year-old, Lower East Side store about the new Upper West Side outpost. Sharon said she was too busy to talk, but promised to send details as soon as possible. What she did say was, “Kossar’s is at the stage where we’re opening locations throughout Manhattan, and we had to be represented on the Upper West Side.”
While we wait for her email, savor the downtown menu here.
We’ll update soon!