ABOUT TOMPKINS SQUARE BAGELS
"I KNEW THE BAGELS WERE GOING TO BE GREAT!"
After all, I had worked along side some of the best in the business. I got my start at Bake City Bagels in Gravesend Brooklyn, home of what I believe to be the best bagels on the planet. Alumni of this tiny shop have gone on to open some of today's top bagel spots including The Bagel Hole (Park Slope), The Bagel Store (Williamsburg) and, Court Street Bagels (Cobble Hill). As a kid, I was lucky enough to work along side and learn from the owners of all of those wonderful shops while at Bake City.
A local artisan and a small batch purveyor long before either of those terms were cool or hip, my old boss Steve put extreme care into every aspect of the bagel making process. Steve paid great attention to even the most minute detail of his operation. As a worker, you only had one option when performing a task in front of Steve; do it the right way. The 15 year old me probably didn't appreciate how important those qualities are when it comes to running a successful business; especially on the days when it was my turn to clean the giant barrel dough mixer armed with nothing but some soy oil and a hand scraper. Today though, that philosophy is something that I always keep in mind. It's one of the reasons why Tompkins Square Bagels is a success. We sweat the small stuff and if we always bring our A game.
Bagels in the hole, it wasn't going to be enough for me to just provide a great product. Tompkins Square Bagel's is truly my love letter to the East Village; a place I now call home. I put extreme love, care, and that same attention to detail, into every aspect of our shop's build out. TSB is first and for most, a neighborhood shop, built by neighborhood craftsmen and artists, to be enjoyed by neighborhood folks. I wanted TSB to have a warm, homey, welcoming feel similar to the Brooklyn shops I grew up with as a kid. A place where no one could ever feel out of place. College student, actor, policeman, writer, toddler or taxi driver. TSB was built with all of you in mind.
When asked to write the 'About' for this website, I was told it might be a good idea to provide a mission statement; a clear idea of TSB's main purpose. There's a fellow named Andrew who's been coming to TSB with his young daughter Lilly since the day we opened our doors. From the start, young Lilly was crazy about our blueberry muffins. Although she couldn't string too many words together at the time Lilly knew how to make all of us understand in no uncertain terms that we better get her a blueberry muffin quick. Being adorable, we were always more than happy to oblige. These days, Lilly can easily stroll in on her own two feet and demand that muffin in a much more articulate manner. Watching that happen is the joy of owning a local shop.
In the time since we've opened I've gotten to watch lots of Lilly, along with a whole bunch of other kids, grow up a bit. Not just kids actually; I've gotten to know all sorts of wonderful people during the two years we've been operating. Many of whom I can now proudly call my friends. They all have their stories and I've gotten to watch them all grow in their own ways. With any luck I'll get to watch Lilly start grammar school, then high school. Maybe we'll even still be around to say goodbye when she goes off to college. If along the way she asks for a part time job so she can make a little spending money during the summers well, all the better. Steve did the same for me after all. So, this is what TSB is 'About' If I'm really lucky, I'll get to watch a bunch of stories like Lillie's play out before my lease is up. When the day comes to close my doors I will look back on those stories and I will say to myself 'Mission Accomplished' and consider TSB a great success!
Christopher Pugliese Owner & Operator - Ave A.
TSB COVID GUIDELINES
YOUR SAFETY FIRST.
– All staff wear gloves & masks.
– Sanitizing of all surfaces on the half hour.
– Orders are individually wrapped in plastic.
– Staff temperature is checked daily to ensure health.
– Bagels go from 550° oven into your bag.
(never touched by hand)
What our customers are saying!
Heard the gluten free bagels were the best in Manhattan...was NOT disappointed! Super friendly and accommodating.
Extra care spent preparing GF items. DELICIOUS! We’ll certainly be back!! ~ Rene
Best bagel I've ever had and service to match. This is now my regular stop for breakfast, brunch,
and just because I want a bad ass bagel. ~ Shane
This place is absolutely legit with the quality of their homemade bagels and their wide array of spreads, toppings and creative sandwiches! An absolute must go to when you're in the East Village! ~ Ryan
Amazing bagels! They do a delicious vegan sun-dried tomato tofu spread; and the cookie dough cream cheese
(not vegan) on French toast bagel is one of the best foods ever! ~ Debbie
Mac and cheese on a bagel? Birthday cake cream cheese? This place is WELL worth the long lines. The staff will do everything they can to make your order perfect and your experience great. Highly, highly recommend this place.
Other establishments in NYC could learn a lesson from them when it comes to quality and service! ~ Lindsay
Superb bagels – too damn many choices! Great service. Great atmosphere. A perfect place to spend an hour or so!
Great people! We were from out of state and the owner made us feel right at home! We are a gluten free family due to allergies, and they had options for us too! Want to go back! ~ Leslie
I'm a sucker for a good bagel and Tompkins square bagels definitely did not disappoint! They hand roll their bagels
and make their own cream cheese. Everything is fresh, delicious and there are so many choices! ~ Samantha
I love this place because of the wide variety of bagels and spreads that are always fresh! Ive tried a bunch of different combinations, both sweet and savory, and you just can't go wrong. ~ Paalika
Don't let the line out the door scare you away – the wait is worth it! My go-to order is a classic bacon egg and cheese with scallion cream cheese to mix things up on an everything bagel, but you can't go wrong with anything here.
I don't let friends come to town without taking them here and you shouldn't miss out either! ~ Rene
165 Avenue A., New York, NY 10009
Hours: Mon - Fri: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
184 2nd Ave., New York, NY 10003
(bet. 11th & 12th St.)
Hours: Mon - Fri: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
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