Babka: Kossar’s Bagels & Bialys

Date: 1/14/2017

Borough: Manhattan

Address: 367 Grand Street


What we ordered: 

  • Chocolate Babka (full loaf)

Cost (post-tax, pre-tip): $10.50

The scores:

Ratings (1-10) Rob Missy
Taste 8.25 8
Presentation 8 8
Setting 8 6.5
Value 8 8
Overall 8 8

Ryan comments:

Ryan slept the entire time in her stroller.

Ryan’s Report Card (1-10): 9


General Comments:

Kossar’s has been a Lower East Side institution since 1936 and are mostly known for their bialys. They also sell chocolate babka along with some other sweets like rugelach, macaroons, and black & white cookies. (see Kossar’s bagel post for other notes & pictures on their shop itself)

In the back portion of the shop next to the drink coolers is a rack full of their baked good which are all pre-packaged with nice branding and packaging.


Check out the irresistible swirl on that babka!


We were full from the bagel and bialy tasting we did at their shop, so we took the babka home to try a few hours later. Here’s a close-up of the nice packaging:


The outside of the babka looks nice, with hints of chocolate and what looks to be flour. It looks like this was part of a larger loaf of babka that was cut in half and then bagged.


The inside looks glorious and has swirls of chocolate throughout. There are no air pockets and there was a deeper layer of chocolate at the bottom of each slice. This was also more consistent throughout the loaf than others we’ve tried, and much easier to slice through.


Overall, Kossar’s makes a mean babka, and one that’s pretty well-priced too. We’ll definitely be trying it again!



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