Black Seed Bagels Opening in Williamsburg


Popular bagel chain Black Seed Bagels (214 Berry St.) will soon be opening the brand’s newest store in Williamsburg. The 800 sqm ft. store, complete with counter seating, will open in early February, with the option of delivery via Black Seed’s website and app being offered even earlier.

Black Seed Bagels is an artisanal bagel chain run by Dianna Daoheung, Executive Chef and Pastry Chef nominated by James Beard. Dianna developed Black Seed’s signature bagel recipe by combining a New York-style bagel and Montreal baking techniques. Black Seed bagels start with a naturally leavened, fermented gooey dough boiled in water with the addition of honey for a touch of sweetness. Each batch of bagels is baked in a wood-fired oven, just long enough to achieve perfection in terms of crispness and density.

Black Seed’s sesame bagels fresh out of the wood-fired oven. Photo: Bagels with black seeds.

Black Seed’s Williamsburg location will offer fresh bagels baked on site, as well as the same amazing menu as the chain’s other locations. Black Seed’s menu includes everything you’ll find in your typical New York bagel store with unique and flavorful additions. The brand prides itself on using only the highest quality ingredients.

Bagel flavors include plain, all, sesame, salt, poppy, all multigrain, rye, and the new cinnamon raisin addition. They have plain cream cheese, green onion, vegetarian, chili, lox and dill, sunflower and sunflower, as well as raspberry jam, almond butter, and regular butter.

Black Seed stores also offer sesame or all-gluten bagels, sourced from the Modern Bread and Bagel gluten-free bakery. (Gluten-free bagels are only available in store due to limited availability.)

Bagel sandwiches with egg salad and tuna salad. Photo: Bagels with black seeds.

What the little chain is really known for are bagel sandwiches. The menu is divided into egg sandwiches, classic sandwiches and signature sandwiches. Egg sandwiches all start with a white cheddar base and cage-free eggs on the bagel of your choice. You can add classics like bacon or ham, or homemade smoked pastrami or avocado and tomato.

Black Seed Executive Chef, Dianna Daoheung. Photo: Bagels with black seeds.

Two of the best classic sandwiches are the classic salmon with smoked salmon, cream cheese, tomatoes, onions and capers, and the tuna fondant with a tuna salad and melted white cheddar cheese. The signature sandwich menu includes the classic BLT, Turkey Reuben and a very unique option called Country Smokehouse with smoked ham, chili cream cheese, lettuce and pickled green tomatoes.

Black Seed’s menu also features pizza bagels with delicious mozzarella cheese from the famous Italian cheese dairy Di Palo’s. Finish your meal with chocolate chip bagel cookies, made with recycled crispy bagel chips.

Black Seed Pizza Bagel with Di Palo Mozzarella. Photo: Bagels with black seeds.

The Williamsburg storefront will be Black Seed’s eighth location in the city, joining stores at Nolita, East Village, Brookfield Place, NoMad, Rockefeller Center, Bushwick and Chelsea Market (which is temporarily closed). A ninth location at the Ace Hotel in downtown Brooklyn will open later this spring.


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