On Wednesday, July 6, Black Seed Bagels officially opened its 9th shop in New York City, located in Boerum Hill and connected to the Ace Hotel Brooklyn.
The shop is roughly 700 square feet and features an ordering counter, a pick-up area with a separate entrance from Bond Street, three eat-in counters with indoor seating for 17 people and a dedicated merchandise area. There is also an entrance from the Ace Hotel lobby.
The northwest-facing storefront has tall windows that bring bright light into the space, easily blending into the aesthetic of the hotel’s wooden and concrete exterior. The shop’s interior is accented with warmly-hued walnut wood, white subway tile, plaster walls, concrete floors, ribbed glass, custom shelves and fixtures, linear pendant lamps and round sconces. This is the third location designed by Rebecca Cohen-Scharfman, who also oversaw the creation of the Chelsea Market and Williamsburg shops.
In addition to bagels and its housemade pastrami and smoked turkey, Black Seed Bagels sources ingredients and other products from local producers, including:
- King Arthur high gluten flour from Vermont
- Stumptown Coffee roasted in Red Hook, Brooklyn
- Cage-free eggs from the Hudson Valley
- Cream cheese from Ben’s in upstate NY
- Milk from Battenkill Valley Creamery
- NY state honey
- Smoked salmon specially made for Black Seed by Catsmo Smokehouse
- Gluten-free bagels procured from Modern Bread and Bagel (Upper West Side)
- And even recently collaborated with Raaka on a special, limited edition Black Seed-inspired chocolate bar
Recent updates to the menu include seasonal specials such as a strawberry, basil and black peppercorn cream cheese that will be on the menu for summer. Black Seed also makes signature “upcycled” cookies by incorporating milled bagel chips in its house-baked chocolate chip cookies; $1 from the sale of each cookie is donated to a rotating list of non-profit organizations. (For the months of June and July, the cookies will benefit the Ali Forney Center.)
In addition, Black Seed introduced new frozen packaged bagels with Whole Foods as its exclusive retail launch partner on June 1. The bagels are now available in Whole Foods stores around the New York City area.