|Kossar's Bagels & Bialys|
|Current owner(s)||Evan Giniger and David Zablocki|
|Street address||367 Grand Street (and Essex Street), Lower East Side, Manhattan|
|City||New York City|
Kossar's Bialys (Kossar's Bialystoker Kuchen Bakery) located at 367 Grand Street (and Essex Street), on the Lower East Side in Manhattan, New York City, is the oldest bialy bakery in the United States.
The bialy gets its name from the "Bialystoker Kuchen" of Białystok, Poland (at the time under Russian occupation). Russian Jewish bakers who arrived in New York City in the late 19th century and early 20th century made an industry out of their recipe for the mainstay bread rolls baked in every household.
Kossar's Bialys, originally known as Mirsky and Kossar's when Isadore Mirsky and Morris Kossar founded it in 1936, is one of the few remnants of what was once its own industry in New York City with its own union association, the Bialy Bakers Association, Inc.
Originally located on Clinton Street in Manhattan's Lower East Side, Kossar's Bialys moved to its current location at Grand and Essex Streets in the early 1960s after a union dispute and subsequent fire destroyed the building.
In 2013, Evan Giniger and David Zablocki purchased the bakery from the Engelmayers and Cohens. After the sale, the new owners made a number of changes to the store, which resulted in the store losing its kosher status. This provided a blow to the shrinking Jewish community on the Lower East Side.
In popular culture
- "Food on the Lower East Side: Kossar's Bialys". Lower East Side Tenement National Historic Site website.
- Colleen McKinney. "Profile: Kossar's Bialys". New York Magazine.
- Paul Solman (WGBH-TV Boston) (April 5, 2001). "Baking History". The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.
- Allegra Jordan Young (Winter 2006). "Roy Mersky and the Future of Libraries" (PDF). UT Law, the magazine of the University of Texas School of Law (Cover story, p. 26).
- "Suspicious Blast Damages Bakery". The New York Times Business Financial section, Page 52 (abstract). February 20, 1958.
The Local had been striking since Feb. 1 against Kossar’s and six other bakeries, all members of an owner’s alliance called the Bialy Baker’s Association Inc.
- Barry Popik. "Bialy". barrypopik.com (includes additional text from the New York Times article).
- Claiborne Smith (November 10, 2003). "Guided by Cell Phone: An 800 number brings Lower East Side history to life". Newsday.
- Nadine Brozan (February 3, 2002). "For Low-Cost Co-op, a Pricing Quandary". The New York Times. kossarsbialys.com. Archived from the original on November 1, 2006.
Juda Engelmayer and his wife, Debra, who jointly own Kossar's Bialys with their brother-in-law and sister, Daniel and Malki Cohen.[Photo caption]
- Mimi Sheraton (2000). The Bialy Eaters: The Story of a Bread and a Lost World. StarChefs. Broadway. ISBN 978-0-7679-0502-2.
- Anne McDonough (December 21, 2005). "Hear Here!". The Washington Post p. C02.