Oh là là: Montreal bagels coming Tuesday

Empire Bistro, the new bakery cafe at Atlantic Ave and Clinton St was open for friends today, and on Tuesday will start rolling out it’s sweet “Montreal-style” bagels, along with breakfast pancakes, crepes, and omelettes; luncheon salads and sandwiches; and dinner platters. Their full menu is available on the web.

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  • C.

    Am I alone in thinking B & B Empire is a really tacky name? Also, is it necessary to put your url on your sign anymore? I’m pretty sure everyone realizes they can google your name and get your website as the first hit.

  • bhts

    i really want this place to be great…but it seems like they are trying to be all things to all people…which is usually a recipe for disaster.

  • philica

    I agree with both C. and bhts, but I do think that it might do ok since its walking distance from the Hospital and there aren’t too many options for all the traffic in and out of there.

  • Jorale-man

    I agree with C. – and adding “www” seems especially 1999. That said, I also agree it should serve a need for the area – there aren’t very many short-order places (with a bagel specialty) around that block.

  • David on Middagh

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the web address is not allowed to be on the sign (in the same way that phone numbers are not allowed to be advertised on awnings). That doesn’t mean they won’t get away with it…

  • Jaques

    That is as tacky as putting the web address on a liscense plate. It looks like band bempire. So lame.

  • Eddy de Lectron

    I wouldn’t call the name “tacky” Grandiose is more like it… but the web address is definitely tacky and unnecessary… as far as the menu “Turkey-bacon” please, say it isn’t so…

  • bklyn20

    I admired the topiary at the doors from afar, and then upon coming closer realized the topiary were fauxpiary.

    Still, glad to have an active business on this corner.

  • hoppy

    Whenever I see that URL, I can’t help but hear the Darth Vader theme in my head.

  • Monty

    Is Vineapple open for business?

  • http://selfabsorbedboomer.blogspot.com Claude Scales

    Monty: good question. Unless someone else can answer before, I’ll check it out tomorrow.

  • Knight

    Hoppy … love the photo … Onslow is one of my favorite Brit-com characters!

  • AEB

    Looking for other new BH enterprises with similarly alluring generic names. Like Drugstore or Supermarket or Gym…..

  • Wrennie

    This might be a dumb question, but what exactly is a Montreal-style bagel? What about just a regular old Brooklyn bagel? Where can those be had? I’m really not all that impressed with Montague’s offerings.

  • AnnOfOrange

    Wrennie – go to the B&B website where there is a detailed history of the Montreal bagel and more.

  • David on Middagh

    …and then go to La Bagel Delight on Front Street in DUMBO, if you are not satisfied with the Montague offerings.

  • http://selfabsorbedboomer.blogspot.com Claude Scales

    Monty: I walked by Vineapple a few minutes ago. There’s still paper on the door,so I presume it’s not in business yet.

  • Nancy

    Lat night they were open for some type of private party. I assume they will be opening in short order.

  • AEB

    Can’t wait to go to Vineapple. So inviting!

  • Andrew Porter

    Amazing amount of comments which have absolutely nothing to do with this store. Evidence of lack of a hearty breakfast to start the day, I’d say.

    I frequently see people in hospital scrubs on Atlantic; IMHO a good breakfast place will be healthy competition for the café inside the LICH building on Hicks Street; certainly the ambience will be far better. And Montreal-style bagels definitely have their devotees in NYC.

  • Billy Reno

    Huzzah! I shall have the sweet sounds of Celine Dion going through my head when I savor this petite Canadian treat! I certainly hope they don’t use leftover tongue depressors (from the previous tenant) as coffee stirrers.

  • George Earl

    New shop, new specials? Let’s hope so.

  • suzette

    I’m not sure how Canadian this place is. Owners are Russian. The brisket on display looked like corned beef.

  • David on Middagh

    I had an “everything” bagel there. Salt was not a topping, and the bagel did not taste sweet to me. So, rather neutral tasting, for whatever you would want to put on it. It was appropriately crusty, and not oversized.

    The place has plenty of tables to choose from, in various window nooks. I couldn’t stay, but it looks like a great place to hang out off-peak. The counter help was attentive and pleasant. (Price was $1.50 for my bagel, which seems a lot, but if I were hanging out for a while, it would be worth it.)

  • michael

    visited the new bagel place. what a disappointment! for several days before they opened they seemed to be burning all the bagels they were making. now they seemed to have solved the problem. my poppyseed had too many seeds & was way too sweet. & a little pricey. they’re scallion spread was flavorless. lemonade looked pretty but too sour. & all of this for almost 10.00$

  • Eddyenergizer

    Disappointment indeed, I tried a couple of bagels there and was not at all impressed, dry dense and not very flavorful… I might try them again in a few months to see if they get their act together, then again I might not…