June 10, 2019 (NYC)– All bagels are not created equal. Just because a famous bagel store calls that seeded circle with the hole an “Everything Bagel”, doesn’t mean it isn’t an imposter. In fact, I would argue there are more imposters on the market today than ever. So how can you, the discerning consumer, be sure to get an authentic Everything Bagel?
The Problem Defined
You get a craving for an Everything Bagel and you walk into your local bagel store. How can you be certain the bagel you are purchasing is the very best? At Davidovich Bakery we understand that buying an Everything bagel, without a source of comparison, can make the answer to this question very difficult. So we decided to provide a short guide to determining whether your store’s Everything Bagel passes muster. We decided the surest way to illustrate the differences between an authentic, Davidovich, Everything Bagel and others was to do a side-by-side comparison.
The Bagels Were Chosen at Random
To set up this test we selected a Davidovich Everything bagel at random. This bagel was not hand selected for this purpose of showcasing our great bagels. It, simply, was chosen from an ordinary bin of Davidovich Everything Bagels at our Blue Moon Hotel location on the Lower East Side of NYC.
This Davidovich Everything Bagel was placed side-by-side with two bagels purchased at some reputable NYC Bagel Stores. These bagels, also, were not hand selected by us, but chosen, blindly, by the clerk in “arms length” transactions. Both stores were established NYC bagel stores with solid reputations. The stores had no idea we were conducting this test.
When we compared the seeding of these three bagel selections, the results were not even close. Davidovich’s double seeded, Everything bagel was generously covered with Poppy seeds, Sesame seeds, Onions, Salt, Garlic, and Oats. Bagel #1 had only a few seeds, that appeared accidental by contact. Bagel #2 was covered more generously on one side, only, with Sesame and Poppy Seeds.
How can these other Bagel Stores even dare to call their products “Everything Bagels”?
While we understand the cost of ingredients has gone up, we believe discerning customers expect more value from their bagel seller, not less, in these times. We also know that, historically, bagel stores always reduce the quality and quantity of seeds when they are looking to save a few pennies on their product. The hope is, that without a source of comparison, the average customer will not even notice.
Well, but-for our little experiment, these bagel store owners may have been correct. However, once these bagels are lined up side-by-side, the results are undeniable. Davidovich is the winner by unanimous decision.
In addition to seeding the test we went on to compare other salient factors that constitute bagel quality. The test went on to discuss such factors as texture, flour, density, and more.
Once again, the hands down favorite was the Davidovich Everything Bagel.
To Find out More
The side-by-side comparison conducted by Davidovich was quite extensive, and the subject of a video posted on Davidovich’s YouTube Account. Please be sure to check it out here for a more detailed look at this shocking look at the state of bagel business in NYC.
Look for more side by side comparisons in future video installments to insure you are getting the best value for your money and the best bagels NYC has to offer.
Tomorrow: NYCEDC to Celebrate Grand Opening of New York City’s First New Public Market Since 1955
New Home for Essex Street Market Features Over 35 Vendors New York – Tomorrow, Monday, May 13, New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) President James Patchett, City Officials, community stakeholders and over 35 vendors will celebrate the grand opening of the new Essex Market at Essex Crossing.
First opened in the 1940s on Essex Street, NYCEDC led the renovation and revitalization of the market into a new 37,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility that includes 39 vendor stalls, two full-service restaurants, and a demonstration kitchen that will be used for cooking classes, educational programming, and more. The new space, which is triple the size of the previous location, will provide the local community and visitors alike with local and globally-sourced fresh and affordable grocery items and prepared dishes.
All 21 vendors operating out of the previous market space, including the world famous Davidovich Bakery, have made the move to the new location, where they are joined by 16 new vendors, including Lower East Side Ice Cream Factory, Samesa, Don Ceviche, and Heros & Villains.
WHAT: Ribbon cutting for the new Essex Market location
WHO: James Patchett, NYCEDC President and CEO Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer Councilmember Margaret Chin Tim Laughlin, Lower East Side Partnership President Dominic Berg, Essex Crossing Task Force Chair Legacy and new market vendors Community stakeholders NYCEDC officials and vendors will be available for pull aside interviews after the speaking program WHEN: Tomorrow, Monday, May 13, 2018, 10:15 AM
WHERE: 115 Delancey Street New York, NY 10002 (Map)
Visuals: Ceremonial cutting of the ribbon Opportunity to tour the new facility and capture b-roll and photos of vendors *Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by 8PM on Sunday, May 12th* ABOUT NYCEDC New York City Economic Development Corporation is the City’s primary vehicle for promoting economic growth in each of the five boroughs. NYCEDC’s mission is to stimulate growth through expansion and redevelopment programs that encourage investment, generate prosperity and strengthen the City’s competitive position. NYCEDC serves as an advocate to the business community by building relationships with companies that allow them to take advantage of New York City’s many opportunities. Find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, or visit our blog to learn more about NYCEDC projects and initiatives.
ABOUT ESSEX MARKET Essex Street Market has provided affordable space to eateries, artists, merchants and other vendors since the 1940s when Mayor LaGuardia made a dedicated effort to provide street merchants and pushcart vendors with dedicated places to do business. In the new space, the public market will continue to specialize in a wide variety of grocery items and culinary products including gourmet cheeses, premium cuts of meat, fresh fish, and prepared foods for every palette.
In addition to bagels they discussed the Project’s work in providing tours and preserving historic facts and information about the essential character of NYC. From Mafia Tours to tours about little know facts about NYC, it seems Mr. Ferrara is a great resource for information about NYC.
In addition to being the founder of the Project Mr. Ferrara is the author of seven (7) books, his most famous, Revolt; all of which can be found on Amazon.com and everywhere books are sold.
February 21, 2018– In Episode 5 of Davidovich’s Bagel Talk Comedian Joe Pontillo sits down with Joseph V. Smith, president of the NYC Bagel and Sandwich Shop to discuss Franchising, NYC Bagels and More.
NYC Bagel & Sandwich Shop is a Franchise bringing authentic NYC water boiled, plank baked Davidovich Bagels to regions all over the United States.
Joe Smith discusses how he started the Franchise and his perspective on the nationwide explosion of interest in authentic, artisan NYC baked bagels. “Take a proven commodity – everyone’s favorite “light” meal, the bagel – and then take it one step further. Offer the original New York bagel, and create a cornerstone for a bagel franchise … without the typical franchise bagel taste.”
Bagel Talk, Davidovich Bakery’s Month talk show is taped at the Historic Essex Street Market on the Lower East Side of NY.
We would love your suggestions on possible future guests. Please email your suggestions to email@example.com
NOVEMBER 12 (NYC)-On Episode 3 of Davidovich’s Bagel Talk, Alan Kaufman, of the Pickle Guys joins host and comedian Joe Pontillo for a fun discussion on the history of pickles on the Lower East Side. Have you ever wondered the difference between a Sour and Half Sour? Have you ever wondered what pickle goes best with a bagel sandwich? Tune in to find out.
September 10, 2018 NYC-On the 2nd Episode of Bagel Talk Lauren Margolis, Community Programs Manager at Essex Market, joins our host and comedian, Joe Pontillo for a brief overview of the Historic Essex Street Market and a sneak peak at the New Essex Street Market to open in the Winter of 2018.
Lauren talked briefly about the history of public markets in NYC and how the Essex Street Market plays into that history, about the current market with its 26 vendors, and the near future of the construction project to open later this year offering a relocation of the current vendors plus much more.
Look out for future Installments in the BAGEL TALK series.
February 18, 2018– The Essex Street Market, was constructed in the 1940s, and is an indoor retail market that was one of a number of such facilities built in the 1930s under the administration of Mayor Fiorello La Guardia at 120 Essex Street, at Delancey Street. The Essex Street Market is operated and managed by the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC). The 15,000-square-foot market is made up of approximately 35 individual stalls that range in size from 90 to 600 square feet. The prevailing concept was to keep merchants off the streets of the Lower East Side with a permanent retail structure.
The Lower East Side of old is was often described as “gritty” and “not nice,” and based on some photos from longtime resident Steve Butcher, that grittiness manifested itself during the 1980s as entire lots occupied by piles of broken car parts and assorted garbage.
During this time The Davidovich Bakery Family was busy formulating their Artisan Style, Kosher hand made Davidovich Bagels in the style and character that Old World Lower East Side bakers has made famous in the heyday of the Essex Street Market.
The Essex Street Market continues to be one of the last Public Food Markets left in the United States. Current tenants include Davidovich Bagels, which opened the first of its worldwide bakeries in the Essex Street Market on October 10, 2013. The Davidovich family always believed that The Lower East Side was the key to Artisan bagel lineage New Yorkers and Americans were so passionate about so it was a natural choice for the 1st of several retail Davidovich Bagel and Bakery locations.
It was recently announced that In 2019, Essex Street Market will move to a new home that lies at the cornerstone of the the Essex Crossing development project, a multi-use development project that will transform the Lower East Side with 1.9 millions square feet of residential, commercial and community space over the next decade. This larger, more modern space invites a whole slew of new vendors to join the Essex Street Market family Though in a new space, Essex Street Market will continue to remain a public market, allowing vendors the same opportunity to continue serving residents – old and new – with both affordable and specialty foods.
In the near future both The Essex Street Market and Davidovich Bakery will move into a beautiful new home that honors the traditions and character of The Lower East Side, yet brings many exciting new features and services to the people of the area.