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Kossar's Bagels & Bialys reopens with sandwiches, homemade schmears and more

Keeping up with the Kossar's is about to become your favorite morning routine.

America's oldest bialy bakery, founded on the Lower East Side in 1936, is making a triumphant comeback on Feb. 5.

New owners, a new menu and a trendy new look bring Kossar's into the 21st century, putting the Grand Street bakery on the map with modern Jewish eateries like the long-wait-inducing Russ & Daughters Cafe and Black Seed Bagels.

Evan Giniger, who has co-owned the bakery with David Zablocki since 2013, explained that Kossar's decided to add bagels and homemade schmears to Kossar's repertoire after they closed to remodel this past September. A major renovation of the basement prep space, and the addition of a bagel rising, boiling and baking area took longer than expected, but the doughy results are well worth it.

Previously, Kossar's was only licensed as a wholesale bakery. "You could buy a bialy, some cream cheese, and take a knife and spread it on yourself, if you wanted," Giniger said.

Kossar's 2.0 now features "Newish and Jewish" sandwich menus, a build-your-own breakfast sandwich option and "Kossar's Creations," which includes homemade babka French toast and a pletzel (think the Cronut version of a bialy and bagel mash-up) pizza.

Take a look around and get ready to celebrate the opening on Friday, which Kossar's publicists have proclaimed #NationalBialyDay. Yes, that's a thing.

Bialys are available in three flavors

The flat, hole-less bagels, i.e. bialys, are made
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The flat, hole-less bagels, i.e. bialys, are made in the back of the store behind a glass wall, so you can watch as your bialy goes from stretchy dough to hot, baked goodness. Choose from onion, garlic and sesame.

Jewish classics include The Bubby, The Yenta and The Mitzvah sandwiches

The Classic ($8.25), pictured, is schmeared with everything
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The Classic ($8.25), pictured, is schmeared with everything bagel cream cheese, tomato, red onion, capers, sliced Nova and dill.

The homemade schmears are just so schmearable

You'll want to schmear them on everything. Flavors
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You'll want to schmear them on everything. Flavors include parsley-dill, roasted jalapeño-caper, double onion, lox and a crunchily satisfying horseradish-pickle. Other new spreads include hummus, almond butter and whitefish salad.

Down in the basement is where the magic happens

While you can see bialys being made, the
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While you can see bialys being made, the secret trove of bagel baking, schmear mixing and more is below the beloved bakery.

Chocolate and cinnamon babka, rugelach and black-and-white cookies round out the sweet options

Doughnut Plant is also just a few steps
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Doughnut Plant is also just a few steps down the block. Bring your reusable shopping bags; you're in this for a big haul.

If you wanted more carbs, look no further than the homemade Challah

Shabbat Shalom!
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Shabbat Shalom!

Prepare yourself to carbo-load

Kossar's Bagels and Bialys (367 Grand St., 212-473-4810),
Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz

Kossar's Bagels and Bialys (367 Grand St., 212-473-4810), officially opens on Friday, Feb. 5 for #NationalBialyDay. Stock up on 80 years of NYC tradition and baked goods. It will be a good weekend.

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