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Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Co.

Map & Directions 262 S. Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
  • Bakery, Breakfast
  • Open daily 6 a.m.–4 p.m.
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Breakfast, Lunch
  • No Alcohol
  • Reservations Not Accepted
  • Street Parking


LA Weekly's Description

Backed by talk show maven Larry King, the gimmick here is the water. It's Brooklynized! Signs touting it are everywhere: in the seltzer, sold by the bottle, mixed into the dough. Despite the shtick -- in the rest of the known universe, a water bagel is just a bagel -- the bagels here are good. Better than good. They're thick and chewy, larger than most and with enough daylight in the center to surround a child's eyeglass frame. If you like them dense and intense, these bagels deliver. You chew and chew and chew only to find that eating an entire one of these things is like doing a math problem with your teeth.
Here, in a world where Atkins never existed, there are 18 varieties of bagel, which include, in addition to classics like sesame, poppyseed and onion more arcane creations like asiago-Parmesan.
The sandwiches are less good, ranging from lackluster (bland egg salad) to dreadful (a soggy pizza melt coated in oily cheese and bits of meat kibble). And God help you if you dare ask for a modification to any of their "signature" sandwiches.
Other options, which include wraps, salads and muffins the size of Schwarzenegger's bicep, can be confusing, especially beneath the glow of the constantly changing electronic menu. Fuggedabout it. In fact, forget about almost everything except Brooklyn's bagels -- and their iced coffee. It isn't strong or complex, but it does come with free coffee cubes. That's right: frozen cubes of coffee so your drink won't get watered down. As long as you know how to mix them, the DIY egg cream sodas, made with real U-bet chocolate syrup, are a find. If you don't, the helpful clerks will walk you through the process, but don't expect it to stay professionally frothy. That takes some serious wrist action.

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  • Cupcakes and Cashmere on 08/28/11

    It's not New York, but these are the best bagels in LA. Plus, they have coffee ice cubes, so your iced coffee never gets watered down.

  • Cindy C. on 03/31/11

    Obsessed with the iced coffee. Ice cubes made of coffee may possibly be the best idea since sliced bread. Oh, and bagels are pretty good too! Still not an NYC bagel, but close enough.

  • Doug M. on 07/13/13

    Very family friendly!

  • Matheus on 07/04/13

    Tuna eith garlic bagel !! Amazing!

  • LA Home & Style on 03/12/13

    This place might have the best bagels in LA. Try the coffee ice cubes.

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