• Bite into New York’s signature breakfast, reinvented
• Hit a few upscale boutiques, right in the heart of downtown
• Browse the bustling districts of a nearby French market
Forget about that oversized behemoth, the New York bagel. The savory breakfast sensation du jour is a hybrid of NYC’s traditional boiled specimen and Montreal’s sweeter variety. At Black Seed Bagels, New York’s famous yeasty dough is shaped by hand into a more diminutive size, boiled in honey water, then baked in a 450-degree wood-fired oven. It’s not the first time Canadian transplant Noah Bernamoff took on a tired local staple—his Mile End shop in Brooklyn reinvented the classic deli sandwich. You could wait in a half-hour line at the original Nolita storefront (170 Elizabeth St.) but we’re here to help you maximize your free hour. So, to get bagel sandwiches with crazy-creative toppings like beet-cured lox, horseradish cream cheese, and watermelon radish, or tobiko caviar spread, smoked salmon, and butter lettuce, head across the street to Hudson Eats at Brookfield Place for Black Seed’s only satellite location. With all the time you saved, you can stroll around the new Brookfield Place and do some quick damage at stores like Diane von Furstenberg, Lululemon, Paul Smith, Vince, and Vilebrequin. Or hit Le District, a French marketplace with a boulangerie, wine bar, and 28-seat L’Appart, helmed by El Bulli alum Jordi Vallès. Craving a little retro red-sauce comfort? Parm’s got you covered with their id-ful odes to Italian-American classics. The meatball parm (on a roll or hero) is a thing of beauty.
Near the World Trade Center, you can reach the entrances to Brookfield Place from either Vesey or Liberty Streets. Head inside to Hudson Eats where you’ll find Black Seed Bagel. Be sure to stay inside Brookfield and check out Le District, a French marketplace, or perhaps stop by a few stores along the way.
BLACK SEED BAGELS AT BROOKFIELD PLACE: 200 Vesey St., Level 2, 212-417-7000, brookfieldplaceny.com/directory/black-seed-bagel
LEDISTRICT: 225 Liberty St., 212-981-8588, ledistrict.com
PARM BATTERY PARK: 250 Vesey St.; 212-776-4927; parmnyc.com