A Guide to Buying a Good Everything Bagel

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.

Davidovich Everything Bagel
Bagel #1
Bagel 2

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.

The Results

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.

 

Davidovich Bagel Now Available Everywhere in the United States

May 1, 2019– Everyone knows NYC is the home of the best bagels in the world. Over the past several years Davidovich Bakery has been inundated with inquires from customers and resellers throughout the United States seeking these Artisan gems.

Now through a series of strategic partnerships Davidovich Bagels can be found at the finest retail stores, gourmet supermarkets, 5 star Hotels, and coffee shops.

Whether by the trailer load, the pallet, or even as little as one case (5 dozen) of the hand made, kettle boiled, plank baked, certified Kosher, Pas Yisroel, double seeded, all natural, Non-GMO Certified, Certified Made in NYC artisan bagels can be sourced in as little as one day.

To find out where to purchase Davidovich NYC Bagels for use, consumption, or resale please email marc@allnp.com

 

The History of the Essex Street Market and Davidovich Bagels

Essex Street Market (Circa 1940’s)

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.

1980’s Essex Street Was Thought of as “Gritty”

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.

2013 The Essex Street Market Welcomed Davidovich to its Family of Vendors.

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.

The Future Essex Street Market, Home to a New and Exciting Davidovich Bakery Location.

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.

Come and join us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Minimum Wage May Mean The Elimination of Artisan Bakeries in NYC

New Minimum Wage May Mean The Elimination of Artisan Bakeries in NYC

 

DAVIDOVICH LOVES IT WORKERS AND IS STAYING IN NYC

NYC, December 26, 2017 – As 2018 approaches NYC employers are faced with dramatic increases in the Minimum Wage paid to their employees.   This increase has been publicly debated and discussed and the voices of NYC’s residents and government have been heard in favor of a significantly increased minimum wage to “lift up the standard of living of New York City’s most valued asset:  its workers“. 

Many NYC companies have analyzed the impact of this increase on their bottom line and have determined that they simply can not absorb the additional labor cost.  It isn’t about politics or about being anti-labor or even corporate greed for most of them.   It is about economics.  For food companies, in particular, who survive on slim margins of under 20%, an increase to costs of 10-12% is the difference between survival and extinction.
For these employers they have only two options:
1.    Relocate from NYC’s jurisdiction entirely.   Many jurisdictions have minimum wage requirements that are nearly half of NYC’s.  New Jersey, for example, will require employers to pay $8.75 at a time that NYC will require $15 per hour.  This relocation will save companies significant dollars and help keep them financially viable.
2.    Stay in NYC but completely automate.    This option will replace minimum wage dependent people with machines that can be very productive and are not subject to such restrictions.
In either scenario the NYC worker will suffer complete loss of employment as their jobs are eliminated.   This unintended consequence will devastate the very workers that the minimum wage law is designed to assist.   $15 is only helpful to the workers left behind and who are actually employed.   There are no known figures on the impact on the local and regional economy from these dramatic, unprecedented changes in labor costs.  The outcome could be very grim for many companies and employees alike.
Davidovich Bakery, the baker of the world famous Davidovich Bagel, like many other food manufacturers in NYC, is an Artisan Baking Company.  This means the very nature of its production depends on our beloved workers.   Over the years so many in the baking industry have chosen the path of automation and the elimination of manual labor, but at Davidovich we have stayed TRUE to our Artisan nature.   It is for this reason Davidovich Bagels have retained their essential, Artisan, traditional character and are beloved all over the world.  However, we face the same challenges as other food manufacturers in NYC are are now faced with dramatic and hard choices.   The ownership and management have spent many sleepless nights discussing the options and have come to an important and dramatic decision- We have decided to remain in the heart of NYC and continue our Artisan way of life.   Davidovich Bagels, NYC’s authentic hand-made, kettle boiled, plank baked, Non-GMO Certified Bagels, will continue to be manufactured and baked in NYC.
Why have we made this decision?   
We believe consumers have come to trust us as the TRUE link to old world Artisan baking and we can not betray our very nature nor can we betray our beloved  customers.
So what are we to do?   
We can not simply ignore the reality that we will facing a huge increase in Labor costs in just a few weeks.   Davidovich’s only option is to hope that the buying public in NYC and beyond really does believes in and support increasing the standard of living for workers like ours and are willing to do more than just vote on Election Day.   More important than casting a vote for mayor and Governor on this issue is supporting Artisan Companies like Davidovich.   We believe that consumers will be willing to pay a little bit more for hand-made, Artisan baked goods like ours.   We believe that consumers will be willing to look for labels and look for companies that still make their beloved baked goods the Artisan way and know that by buying those goods they are not only getting the best products in the marketplace but they are also supporting the cause of lifting up Artisan labors everywhere to new heights and to new standards of living.
We have passion and purpose in our cause of bringing the best baked goods to the world but now we also have deep pride in our commitment to our people and their families and to giving them an opportunity to achieve all that the American Dream has to offer.