Rubirosa vet Bari Musacchio rolls out Baz Bagel and Restaurant

The updated diner is serving classic—and not-so-classic—Jewish fare in Little Italy

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  • Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

    Assorted bagels at Baz Bagel

  • Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

    Challah french toast at Baz Bagel

  • Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

    Assorted bagels at Baz Bagel

  • Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

    Assorted bagels at Baz Bagel

  • Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

    Grilled cheese deluxe at Baz Bagel

  • Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

    Nova and sable appetizing plate at Baz Bagel

  • Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

    Baz Bagel

  • Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

    Baz Bagel

  • Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

    Baz Bagel

  • Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

    Baz Bagel

Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

Assorted bagels at Baz Bagel


Lower Manhattan is seeing a bagel boom this spring, what with the just-opened Russ & Daughters Café and überbuzzy Black Seed. Add to the mix Baz Bagel and Restaurant, a palm-tree-wallpapered joint from longtime Rubirosa GM Bari Musacchio and Barney Greengrass alum David Heffernan.
 
Lamenting the lack of great, fresh-baked bagels in the city, Musacchio took matters into her own hands. At Baz, the rounds are devoutly house-made, old-school–style: hand-rolled, kettle-boiled and baked in a rotating oven. The rounds are served as sandwiches or in platters, showcasing salads (whitefish, egg, chopped liver) and fish (Scottish salmon, sable, house-cured gravlax). Spreads, in flavors like caviar, vegetable and scallion (Musacchio's personal favorite) are whipped up in-house twice daily. 
 
With both a lunch counter and diner-style booths, dusty pink walls and low-hanging lamps, Baz has a cozy, retro vibe, perfect for indulging in comfort classics like blintzes with sour cream and preserves ($11), challah French toast ($10) and matzo-ball soup ($6), plus quirkier eats like pizza bagels with tomato and mozzarella ($10) and thin-pressed "flagels" (flat bagels) ($1.50). Starting Friday, the comfort-food spot will be open from 7am to 8pm to satisfy your all-day bagel cravings. (Guilty!)


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