Black Seed Bagels opened early this year (2014) and quickly took this bagel crazy city by storm on social media.
So, I quickly went to NOLITA to check what Black Seed Bagels was about.
Black Seed Bagels is located in a trendy area of Manhattan known as NOLITA or North of Little Italy.
Inside Black Seed Bagels, the long and narrow shop was simply laid out. Counter in front, line on left, pick-up and seats at the right :-D
The red bricks and brown wood, olive slate and white chalk decor made this eatery felt warm, laid back and welcoming.
The bagel dough was made from scratch at Black Seed - hand rolled on that marble slab and boiled in honey sweetened water in that large pot (at the right of the picture).
The boiled bagels were baked right there at Black Seed Bagels in a wood fired oven.
I ordered Black Seed's #1 Smoked Salmon Bagel at USD11.07 after tax.
The smoked salmon was briny, smokey, good type of greasy and flavoursome.
At a lower price point than Russ & Daughters, the smoked salmon at Black Seed was excellent though not as refreshing as that Classic Scottish at Russ & Daughters.
Half a not-very-big bagel sandwich but Black Seed was not stingy with the smoked salmon or cream cheese.
The mildly savoury cream cheese was thick, dense yet smooth.
The bagel itself was browned outside and crisp while the inside was dense, stiff and chewy as good bagels should be. The sprinkle of black poppy seeds added a bit of gritty herbal flavour to the quite bland bread.
I liked this bagel sandwich.
Black Seed Bagels is near to Butcher's Daughter at the junction of Kenmare Street and Elizabeth Street. It is easy to miss the Black Seed Bagels' small shop front, so it is best to look out for Butcher's Daughter's large street corner shop.
Next time, I want to try their signature "Everything" bagel which is topped with multi-seeds.
Restaurant name: Black Seed Bagels
Address: 170 Elizabeth St, NYC, New York, USA
Hours: 7:00 am to 4:00 pm
Date visited: 4 Dec 2014
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