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A Different Kind of Bagel Shop Coming to Park Slope’s 7th Avenue

Melissa Toldy

Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bread Cafe is opening a location in Park Slope, Brooklyn. The sandwich shop will take up the corner retail space at 347 7th Avenue, which sits on the northeast corner of 10th street and 7th avenue.

Park Slope already has several bagel shops in the neighborhood - Bagel World, La Bagel Delight, The Bagel Market, Bagel Pub, Bagel Hole - so the question is, do Park Slopers need another place to grab a bagel?

Brooklyn Bread Cafe may appear to be just another bagel place, but they stand out for one significant reason: This bagel spot does not make traditional NYC bagels. Refinery29 described their bagels as having an airy consistency, “making for a lighter experience altogether.”

Known for their made-in-house bread, the Brooklyn Bread Cafe has been serving up gourmet sandwiches, breakfast bagels, salads, smoothies, and acai bowls in their Carroll Gardens location for several years.

Owners Dimitri Baylis and Lenny Moyger, both Brooklyn natives, are college buddies and self-proclaimed foodies, according to Star Revue. For a time, they decided to switch their bagels to a more traditional NYC recipe, but fans balked.

It turns out, some New Yorkers enjoy eating a unique variety of bagel, one that’s different from the bagel you can find on every corner of New York City.

Village Voice described Brooklyn Bread Cafe’s vibe as “disconcertingly franchise-like” back in 2008 when there was another Park Slope location on 5th Avenue. You can see what the reviewer meant by the signage alone. However, if the bread stands out for its high quality ingredients, and for its bold departure from traditional NYC standards, who cares about the vibe?
Melissa Toldy

The new Park Slope location for Brooklyn Bread Cafe sits just a block from Winner, another bread bakery in the neighborhood that opened during the start of the pandemic, back in March 2020. Winner was an immediate hit, with lines forming down the block, and so far, the lines haven’t let up.

Another bakery, Simple Loaf, opened recently on 5th avenue, also producing a regular line of eager customers. So perhaps Brooklyn Bread Cafe can get in on the customer base in Park Slope. Clearly, Park Slopers like to eat a lot of bread.

Anyone interested in checking out the menu for Brooklyn Bread Cafe can find one on their website, but I would suggest hopping over to their Instagram account for some mouthwatering pictures of their gourmet sandwiches.

The hot pastrami sandwich looks pretty amazing (shown above in the Instagram post). Or check out these delicious-looking pizza bagels, featured back in January.

And just like nearly every other restaurant in New York City right now, Brooklyn Bread Cafe is hiring. The sign on the window reads: Wanted Staff. They are looking for experienced baristas, grill persons, deli persons, and delivery persons.

Where’s your favorite spot to grab a bagel in New York City? Have you ever tried a bagel from Brooklyn Bread Cafe? Do you prefer traditional NYC bagel recipes, or are you game for a unique take on the bagel?

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