Baz Bagel & Restaurant

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84 Very Good

A Formica-countered, palm-tree-wallpapered luncheonette that pays tribute to Barney Greengrass, Eisenberg’s, and Miami bagel cafés all at once.

181 Grand St., New York, NY, 10013


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The lowdown

You halfway expect an impromptu mah-jongg game to break out at this retro luncheonette, the passion project of Long Island native and pumpernickel-everything-bagel maven Bari Musacchio. Somehow, her Formica-countered, palm-tree-wallpapered shop manages to pay tribute to Barney Greengrass, Eisenberg’s, and Miami bagel cafés at once, and her unvarnished take on Jewish soul food does the Lower East Side tradition proud. You can’t go wrong with the lemon-scented cheese blintzes, the latkes, or any of the “Baz Original” sandwiches, served on bagels that are hand-rolled, boiled, and baked in-house.

Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld

What you need to know

Recommended DishesLatkes; blintzes; matzo brei; the Baz (nova, scallion cream cheese, tomato, and onion on a pumpernickel-everything bagel).

DrinksBeer and Wine

Noise LevelCivilized