Baz, is a small neighborhood sit-down bagel shop and lunch counter right on Grand Street in New York City. According to many of my readers, it’s the place to go for a true “New York Bagel”. Now that’s a bold statement, a true “New York Bagel” is hard to come by these days, especially when you’re in Manhattan. I find it comical that people even consider a bagel from Starbucks or Dunkin. Their coffee is bad enough.
I walk into Baz and I already like what I see. It’s decorated with a traditional subway tile and mosaic theme. There is a busy lunch counter and a small yet adequate dining area. However, traditional “New York City Decor” doesn’t produce a true “New York Bagel”. A vibrant host let’s me know it will be a few minutes before I can be seated. “No problem” I said, Baz has plenty of items to occupy your wait time.
I thumb through one of the on-hand pieces of literature and minutes later, my table is ready. As soon as I sit down, there is a menu in my hand and coffee in my cup. At this point my great expectation of a good breakfast experience is rising. I take a sip of coffee and it rises a little more because the coffee is excellent. I order an omelet with diced peppers and Muenster cheese accompanied by an everything bagel with plain cream cheese. However, the server suggested scallion cream cheese instead of the plain for my bagel.
Now I’m a big fan of suggestions and an added tip from the server is always welcome. That to me is a great way to enhance a customer’s positive dining undertaking as well as repeat business to the establishment. When the food arrives, the presentation is good. I take a bite of the bagel and it’s a “New York Bagel”. This is a hand-rolled small batch bagel. There is no mass-production at all, you can taste the difference. Throwing in the omelet or any of their other tasty breakfast dishes is an added bonus to an already over satisfying and delicious meal.
Baz know’s how to treat a customer. They treat you as if you are a longtime patron. Each time my cup was empty, my server or any of the other servers filled it back up. I never had to ask for a refill. Service is the key to an excellent dining experience as well as good food and they nailed it hands down. No surprise though. The traditional Italian/Jewish heritage as well as the native spirit of “Little Italy” and the “Lower East Side” that comprise Baz, knows all about good service. I absolutely recommend Baz and when you visit tell them Dave sent you.
181 Grand Street,
New York, NY 10013