Photo credit: Kossar’s Bagels & Bialys
Since 1936, Kossar’s Bagels & Bialys has served Jewish specialty foods on the Lower East Side. For the first time, the iconic shop, considered the oldest bialy bakery in the United States, will open a second location in New York City. The bakery has signed a 1,200-square-foot lease on the ground floor of Ohm, a mixed-income rental building at 312 11th Avenue in Hudson Yards developed by Douglaston Development.
Expected to open at the new location this fall, Kossar’s will take over space previously occupied by Via Trenta Pizzoteca. The bakery joins a wine purveyor and deli as Ohm tenants.
“We’re thrilled to have Kossar’s Bagels & Bialys at Ohm, adding one of the oldest New York City bakery staples to the rapidly growing food and beverage offerings in the area,” Joshua Young, the vice president of market-rate operations at Clinton Management, said.
“This lease marks Kossar’s first foray into West Chelsea and contributes to Douglaston Development and Clinton Management’s commitment to bringing authentic and dedicated businesses to West Chelsea.”
85 years ago, Isadore Mirsky and Morris Kossar founded Mirsky and Kossar’s Bakery at 22 Ridge Street on the Lower East Side. After buying out his partner, the store was renamed Kossar’s Bialys and later relocated within the neighborhood to 367 Grand Street, where the original location remains.
While the store has undergone some changes, including a recent renovation and new bialy fillings and cream cheese offerings, Kossar’s continues to make the bialys by hand with only four ingredients: wheat flour, kosher salt, water, and brewer’s yeast.
“Kossar’s was established at a time of uncertainty back in 1936, and in some ways, this past year has been similar with the uncertainty COVID-19 brought on, and the need for community that’s come out of it,” Jonah Phillips, partner at Kossar’s Bagels & Bialys, said.
“Hudson Yards, like the Lower East Side, is a vision with community at its core, and we hope that Kossar’s will continue to grow and endure through the good and hard times for the next 85 years and beyond.”