Bread Brothers: Bagels, “A Gelateria of Cream Cheese,” and So Much More
Bagels, delicious bagels! With their amazing array of freshly baked goods and delicious cream cheeses, the brand new Bread Brothers Bagel Cafe will make you crave bagels for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!
With two shops already in the North Brooklyn Area (one by the Montrose L stop and one by the Grand Street L stop), the Greenpoint branch (912 Manhattan Avenue between Greenpoint and Kent) aims to “serve the neighborhood high-quality and delicious food.”
Bagel Brother Daniel Rosen (who co-owns the shop with brothers Jeremy and David) has had flour-selling in the family since 1917. All of their baking is done on site, even the muffins and turnovers. The bagels are first hand cut, then rolled, put in the walk-in fridge for a day, boiled, decorated (with poppy seeds, garlic, etc.), and then baked. They are plump and perfect, the way New York bagels are supposed to be.
While they have 30 types of New York bagels (including various wholewheat and pumpernickel flavors), they are most known for the wide range of cream cheeses they carry. Rosen calls the Bagel Brothers “a gelateria of cream cheese.” They have six different tofu cream cheese options, lox scallion cream cheese, bacon scallion cream cheese, garlic and herb, jalapeno, cucumber dill, and so many more flavors that it’s impossible to list them all.
The strawberry cream cheese was the best I have ever tasted and reminded me of cupcake frosting: smooth, delicious and sweet (but not overly so). The veggie cream cheese was fresh and full of crispy delicious veggies; even though I’m not normally a fan of tofu cream cheese, I found the cinnamon walnut version to be very tasty.
Unique to Bread Brothers also are the hours – they are open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Most bagel places close much earlier, so this will be appreciated by those craving carbs later in the day. They serve breakfast all day, but also have a very expansive menu. You can make your own salad, get a smoothie or juice at the juice bar, build a burger (meat, turkey, and veggie), get a wrap, or even a quesadilla. There are various kinds of fish (including smoked salmon, fresh salmon, herring, Spanish tuna), as well as hummus and prepared salads.
A favorite of Rosen’s is the Walk Tall sandwich – chicken cutlet with panko breadcrumbs, Indiana bacon, American cheese, and Russian dressing.
With options for meals every time of the day, and free wifi, this bagel shop should definitely be on your list of places to visit. The quality will be good because, as Rosen says, “If it’s not fresh, I don’t want to serve it”and with such a huge menu and long opening hours, they will no doubt find themselves inundated with hungry customers.