Babka: Kossar’s Bagels & Bialys

Date: 1/14/2017

Borough: Manhattan

Address: 367 Grand Street

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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

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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.

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Check out the irresistible swirl on that babka!

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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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