Medical Offices Will Transform into Montreal Bagels

The former medical offices at Clinton St. and Atlantic Ave. will apparently soon be home to “Montreal-style” bagels. What is a Montreal-style bagel? Sacre bleu! Find out after the jump.

It’s not some kind of bagel-croissant hybrid, but instead, according to Wikipedia:

[T]he Montreal bagel is smaller, sweeter and denser, with a larger hole, and is always baked in a wood-fired oven … the difference in texture and taste reflect the style of the particular area in Eastern Europe in which the immigrant bakers learned their trade.

No word yet on when the bagels will be landing; the note on the door said the place will also offer hot meals, organic food and the “Best American, European and Asian recipes, including open-fire cuisine.”

Thanks to @ejcory for the tip!

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  • bh_dad

    Can’t wait! Had them a long time ago in Montreal & in Vancouver. Thinner and slightly sweeter

  • Claude Scales

    If you’re willing to make the trek to Atlantic and Hoyt, you can get Montreal bagels as well as the full gamut of that city’s Jewish cuisine (the novel on which the movie Barney’s Version is based has lots of loving descriptions of it; I don’t know yet if they made it into the screenplay) including Montreal smoked meat, their take on pastrami, which is, in my humble and goyische opinion, delicious, at a place called Mile End.

  • Heather Quinlan

    Claude, you have such a head for knowing.

  • Bongo

    “Selling coal to Newcastle”, as they say.

  • George Earl

    Hope this place does better with bagels than it did with patients!


    This report makes me feel like the rest of the gold-hunting guys in that scene from The Treasure of the Sierra Madre when Walter Huston points out that they are sitting on it.
    Claude, I never knew Mile End. And that’s despite the numerous hot references on Google. How could I have overlooked this promising treasure of really good Jewish cooking and deli stuff? I’d be rushing there now except I just finished a meal featuring meat loaf with poached egg.
    Maybe tomorrow. There is much to be learned. Meanwhile it sounds like they’re the ones who are moving up here. They are are clearly ready for prime time. I offer an advanced welcome to the neighborhood.
    This is truly good news.

  • nabeguy

    Nothing says bagel like Montreal.

  • David on Middagh

    ,,,AND if you’re going down Mile End way, be aware that “The Little Sweet Café” is a few blocks north (73 Hoyt near State). They opened this January.

    They specialize in crêpes, both sweet and savory. (I had Crêpes Suzette and part of a delicious brownie.)

  • Claude Scales

    For Martin and others curious about Montreal cuisine, Jewish and otherwise, read Gary Shteyngart’s homage to the city and to Mordecai Richler, author of the novel Barney’s Version (alas, he didn’t live to see the movie) which starts here. It’s well worth reading through all five one page entries.

  • GHB

    … if only we could get a decent New York bagel!

  • David on Middagh

    @GHB: Always you have to remind us?

  • AEB

    (Hey! What’s with the italicization of all posts? Does make everybody seem more emphatic, though….)

  • EHinBH

    Big time Bagel FAIL.

  • Heather Quinlan

    I feel like I’m reading peoples’ internal monologues.

  • AEB

    Heather, I think we always are, one way or another….

  • David on Middagh

    “That’s funny, Jim never has a second bagel at home…”

  • Heather Quinlan

    @David On Middagh, that wins the award. What that is, I don’t know.

  • David on Middagh

    @Heather: It’s a shiny gold thing with the winner’s name on it. But that’s not important right now.

  • Claude Scales

    Oh, Stewardess, I speak jive.

  • MadeInBrooklyn

    While Canadian bagels hold little interest to me, perhaps it will make up for the TRAIN-WRECK that is now Montague Street Bagels… Can’t someone talk sense into the new owners? The place looks like sh*t with all the ridiculous lottery crap, and the new employees are the WORST. Oh yeah, and selling stale bagels is a nice new touch too.

  • Monty

    Mile End sells official St. Viateur bagels no less.

  • Billy Reno

    I liked when the clinic housed a temporary art gallery with Picasso’s Mini-Me mowing the lawn.

  • lifer

    Its a free country, but I think its a little stinky that with all the hub bub that Mile End has gotten in the last year, someone is copying their steez so close to where they opened to cash in on Mile’s bright idea. I’ve been there once or twice, its okay, so its not like i’m outraged, I just dislike biters.

  • David on Middagh

    @lifer: The new place technically won’t be in the same neighborhood–wrong side of Atlantic. I think there will be plenty of business for both. Mile End is small: the last time I was there, my party waited 45 minutes for a shared table. (And that was mid-afternoon–not a typical lunch rush.)

    Maybe Mile End will start using the new place as a bagel supplier, instead of importing!

  • monty

    I hear some places have started copying Lombardi’s idea of selling pizza too.

  • bhmom

    Has anyone noticed that Montague Bagels (I still like them though) is now selling wireless phone accessories as well?

  • Eddy de Lectron

    @ bhmom, before you head back to Montague Bagels, know they had an awful inspection report by the Department of Health. They racked up a whopping 62 points:

    Sanitary Violations
    1) Hot food item not held at or above 140º F.
    2) Cold food item held above 41º F (smoked fish and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 ºF) except during necessary preparation.
    3) Raw, cooked or prepared food is adulterated, contaminated, cross-contaminated, or not discarded in accordance with HACCP plan.
    4) Appropriately scaled metal stem-type thermometer or thermocouple not provided or used to evaluate temperatures of potentially hazardous foods during cooking, cooling, reheating and holding.
    5) Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas.
    6) Filth flies or food/refuse/sewage-associated (FRSA) flies present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas. Filth flies include house flies, little house flies, blow flies, bottle flies and flesh flies. Food/refuse/sewage-associated flies include fruit flies, drain flies and Phorid flies.
    7) Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service.
    8) Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to attracting vermin to the premises and/or allowing vermin to exist.
    9) Toilet facility not maintained and provided with toilet paper, waste receptacle and self-closing door.
    10) Plumbing not properly installed or maintained; anti-siphonage or backflow prevention device not provided where required; equipment or floor not properly drained; sewage disposal system in disrepair or not functioning properly.
    11) Accurate thermometer not provided in refrigerated or hot holding equipment.
    12) Proper sanitization not provided for utensil ware washing operation.

    Still like em?

  • lifer

    @David, I never mentioned neighborhoods, “technically” they are actually 2 neighborhoods away, but If you count, they are only 4 blocks away.

    The Mile’s End guys took a risk with an original idea and succeeded, and now these guys who apparently have read how these guys run out of bagels every week, are piggybacking on their success. Hooray for free enterprise i am sure there will be plenty of business for both and all, its just not an original idea, and its close enough for it to be hard not to believe they are setting up so close to get the overflow. Great business sense, not so great in originality.

  • David on Middagh

    @lifer: I doubt the new place is trying to “get the overflow”, what with it being on the wrong side of Atlantic Avenue, though I’ll bet the success of Mile End heartened them. They might be even further away (North into Brooklyn Heights) were it not for the high business rents pushing stores outward. There is *no* specialty bagel store on either side of heavily-trafficked Atlantic Avenue for… for… all the way to Kennedy Airport?

    If this new place actually were next to Mile End, tho’, so what? You’d end up with a nascent Canadian Cuisine district.

  • lifer

    Again, I don’t think what side of Atlantic it’s on is what matters, the idea is that its within a four block radius.
    As simply as I can put it, as a local business owner myself, If someone copied my original idea that had just gotten a year of great press in my industry, and opened up 4 blocks away from my business, I wouldn’t be heartened.
    But it really makes no difference to me, I wish success on all new local businesses. Maybe you’re right, and they will use them as a source for their bagels, you never know.