Kossar's Bialys

Kossar's Bialys

Bagel Shop$$$$
Lower East Side, New York
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    The Corcoran Group
    "When we're downtown, we love to stop in here for a delicious bialy."(31 Tips)
    Gerard M.
    "Best bagels and bialys in the neighborhood."(6 Tips)
    Dolci K.
    "Favorite for an onion bialy with everything cream cheese."(5 Tips)
    Scott H.
    "Onion disc (traditionally called pletzel) is the BEST item."(3 Tips)
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  • bagels
  • pletzel
  • lox
  • casual
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  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 23, 2018
    Bialys — a flat round roll with onions chopped up in the center — are a NY tradition. Kossar’s is the ultimate place to score some. The shop opened in 1936, and still uses the same original recipe. Read more
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    Lydia VanWormerAugust 16, 2017
    Bialys are great but the babka....OMG. Do not leave without one of these babies. Seriously. Do yourself a favor and get both. (They freeze well too 😉)
    Upvoted Oct 23
  • Nicole F.heart icon on user image
    Nicole FormicaOctober 21, 2017
    The classic sandwich is fantastic. Lox, tomato, red onion, capers and EVERYTHING CREAM CHEESE.
  • Emily W.heart icon on user image
    Emily WilsonApril 4, 2016
    If you're going down the bagel route, go for "the classic" and get it on a plain bagel, since it comes with everything cream cheese.
  • Gothamist
    GothamistAugust 1, 2014
    You can't go wrong with a bialy—a pillowy round thing that looks a little bit like a bagel but will SURPRISE YOU when you bite into it and are overcome by the taste of onion. Read more
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    LindsDecember 11, 2016
    Been here 50+ times
    On the weekends, be sure to press the handle and take a number - they'll call them out and flash on a sign just like at Russ & Daughters. During the week, no numbers necessary, just line up.
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    LisiMarch 6, 2014
    Best Bialys! Back in the day there use to be a movie theatre there!! You could have a bialy then a movie! Back then it was Gus Pickles and the famous Bialys place...still stands today!
  • Andrew C.heart icon on user image
    Andrew COctober 4, 2017
    Even in the late afternoon, there were plenty of bagels and bialys and drinks to choose from... any of the bialys are well worth the trip!!!
  • Jay M.heart icon on user image
    Jay MandelJanuary 9, 2017
    The best Bialy. New owners modernized the operation and added new products. Still my favorite.
  • Keyue B.
    Keyue BaoJanuary 8, 2022
    An institution. My favorite is the Kossar’s classic with scallion cream cheese on everything bagel/bialy.
  • Chris N.heart icon on user image
    Chris NatoliSeptember 15, 2014
    The garlic bialys aren't bad, the onion bialys are great, and the bagels are enough to make a man weep with joy that malty bagels survived the catastrophe of the 20th century.
  • David M.
    David MilbergDecember 7, 2015
    This has been a staple of mine forever. Glad to see they are continuing the tradition. Mimi Sheraton has always loved bialys and I learned what I know from her. Kossar's is best! Read more
  • Samantha
    SamanthaOctober 7, 2016
    Its been all prettied up. The babka is really good, the bialys and onion pletzel aren't what they used to be
  • Anissa
    AnissaJune 5, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The new and improved Kossar's now includes bagels and baked goods! Try a bialy!
  • Scott H.
    Scott HuestonJanuary 28, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Onion disc (traditionally called pletzel) is the BEST item. Perfect chewy texture & the right amount of onion/poppy seeds. Come on SATURDAY NIGHT until about 2:00 am, for everything HOT out of oven
  • Kate F.
    Kate FurmanMay 17, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place to pick up a bagel or biayl esp after the remodel.
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    ᴡ MezaAugust 12, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing bialys and great lox! Cool guys and they do some fancy bialy specials with local chefs
  • Hannah G.heart icon on user image
    Hannah GMAugust 20, 2016
    This place has always been fantastic, but it's great to finally get toppings on the bialys in-store!
  • Amber
    AmberNovember 3, 2016
    Forget the bialys, they have BABKA FRENCH TOAST
  • Jason B.heart icon on user image
    Jason BrewAugust 5, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    An underrated NY institution. Both bagels and bialys are great
  • Dolci K.heart icon on user image
    Dolci KeyMarch 13, 2018
    Favorite for an onion bialy with everything cream cheese.
  • Michael B.heart icon on user image
    Michael BellSeptember 14, 2016
    Absolutely love it, good coffee and the fresh bagels and bialys are nice
  • Matthewheart icon on user image
    MatthewFebruary 7, 2019
    Excellent bagels that are flavorful and relatively light
  • Adrienne C.
    Adrienne CooperFebruary 11, 2012
    You have your bagels, and then your bialys. They're both delicious and classically New York! Enjoy with your favorite shmear!
  • Dana S.
    Dana SMay 17, 2012
    If you or someone you know has a rare and unfortunate onion allergy, be sure to ask about which bialys have onions before trying. #wtfonions
  • Andrew F.heart icon on user image
    Andrew FurmanFebruary 9, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    get the classic. fantastic lox
  • Joanna F.heart icon on user image
    Joanna FlammDecember 14, 2018
    Really good bialys, and they whip their own cream cheese.
  • Gerard M.
    Gerard McGearyJuly 26, 2018
    Been here 25+ times
    Best bagels and bialys in the neighborhood. Great prices!
  • Sass Conf
    Sass ConfOctober 6, 2013
    Try the garlic bialy. Challah seeded bagel is delicious. Follow it up with a doughnut next door.
  • Patrick S.heart icon on user image
    Patrick ScobleDecember 9, 2020
    Great bagels and bialys! Big bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches.
  • Odo
    OdoJune 14, 2012
    Love the bialys here, nothing change not even the price, old school, great flavour, best to eat them hot. Full review... Read more
  • Irem T.
    Irem TuranMay 30, 2019
    Great bagel experience. Try everything cream cheese.
  • Ahad S.heart icon on user image
    Ahad SheriffJanuary 14, 2018
    The everything bagels are really good! Nowhere to sit though.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsNovember 26, 2013
    Some of the city's best bialys at this old school Jewish bakery.
  • Amaury T.heart icon on user image
    Amaury TouchyourTrililiOctober 15, 2016
    Their Salmon bagels (fish or cream) are very good
  • Steve B.heart icon on user image
    Steve BullApril 26, 2017
    Whole wheat everything bagel is my number one choice these days.
  • Darryl M.
    Darryl McKinneyMay 1, 2016
    Make sure to pick up some lox and salmon to go with these treats...
  • Wendy Q.
    Wendy QiuMarch 31, 2015
    Famous for their bialys, authentic jewish bakery that's been around forever
  • Jeff S.heart icon on user image
    Jeff SavageApril 9, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    the "pumpernickel everything" just won me over. best in nyc, probably anywhere.
  • Kimmie O.heart icon on user image
    Kimmie OhhMay 10, 2020
    Get a bialy or two. Then get a bagel or two.
  • Jonathan C.heart icon on user image
    Jonathan CohenJanuary 17, 2015
    Super nice person gave me bialy to taste. And it was really good.
  • Lauren S.heart icon on user image
    Lauren SloanAugust 19, 2018
    Bagel and Tofu Cream cheese is awesome for vegans
  • Dionne M.
    Dionne McLaughlinAugust 11, 2013
    Went as part of a tour group...definitely will be back.
  • Saarim Z.heart icon on user image
    Saarim ZamanMarch 29, 2016
    Onion bialy with scallion cream cheese is everything
  • Michael H.heart icon on user image
    Michael HusseyApril 3, 2021
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything bagel with scallion cream cheese
  • L. T.heart icon on user image
    L. T.June 30, 2016
    The best bagels I've had in NYC.
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    smile from The Lower East SideAugust 24, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    The best bialys & bagels in the city, too bad they're not open 24 hours any more - smile
  • Eric C.
    Eric CJanuary 27, 2013
    best bialys and they're still 90 cents
  • Eleonore C.heart icon on user image
    Eleonore ChevillionMarch 24, 2018
    Amazing bagels and cream cheese
  • Vero V.heart icon on user image
    Vero ValenzuelaJune 28, 2020
    Loved the bialys!!
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