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Black Seed Bagels: the new Cronut?

People are lining up and waiting for an hour or more for bagels on Elizabeth Street. Is the Black Seed Bagel the new Cronut"?

The new bagel utopia just opened on Wednesday, April 23 and the waits appeared right away. They have been selling out of bagels by 3 p.m., ahead of closing time.

Noah Bernamoff of Mile End Deli and Matt Kliegman of The Smile are the proprietors of Black Seed and while the popularity of their bagels - hand rolled, boiled in water and honey and finished in a wood-fired oven - is not surprising, hour-long lines for bagels can't be the new norm. Right?

All hail the Black Seed Bagel...

Black Seed Bagels' Montreal-style hand-rolled bagels are tasty
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Black Seed Bagels' Montreal-style hand-rolled bagels are tasty and the spreads fancy (like tobiko caviar and smoked bluefish) but can a bagel, like the Cronut™ before it, be revolutionary? Just ask the people waiting in line for them...

Who wouldn't wait in a line for a bagel?

On Saturday, the line snaked around the block.
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On Saturday, the line snaked around the block. Instagram user @kfanti says the bagels were "worth the wait."

We will wait for god-like bagels

Instagram user @danielleschwob mused
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Instagram user @danielleschwob mused "Only in NYC do people queue for an hour to get a bagel."

Like the Cronut™, there's a 2 per person limit

Don't be greedy, New York. Share the bagels.
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Don't be greedy, New York. Share the bagels. Who thinks a scalper may try to take advantage of this rationing?

"It's the new #Cronut line"

Instagrammer and food publicist @jenniecolemarie is thinking what
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Instagrammer and food publicist @jenniecolemarie is thinking what we're thinking. This is the line on Sunday morning, which took about 45 minutes to go through. "#worthit," she wrote.

Are lines the new norm?

When the Cronut™ line first became a thing,
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When the Cronut™ line first became a thing, no one thought it would last forever. But here we are, a year later, and Dominique Ansel's line is going strong everyday. Will the same be true at Black Seed? We're not sure, but we're willing to guess the other two elevated and old-school bagel purveyors slated to open soon - the expanded Russ & Daughters Cafe and Baz Bagel and Restaurant (a Barney Greengrass alum is at the helm) - will give Black Seed a run for its money.

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