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Brooklyn Boy Bagels Opens Permanent Bakery Cafe

The traditional New York-style bagel experts have expanded their farmers markets pop-up into a real, four-walled home.
By Gemma Mollenhauer
May 27, 2015
By Gemma Mollenhauer
May 27, 2015

After years of popping up at farmers markets and on Sydney brunch menus, Brooklyn Boy Bagels has just opened their first Sydney bakery cafe. Claiming the title of 'Sydney's first true artisan New York bagel maker and bakery', BBB has now taken up a more permanent residence in a little shop on an otherwise unremarkable stretch of Bunnarong Road in Matraville.

Previously only available through tracking down their pop-up stalls or by ordering delivery, BBB's delicious wares are some of the more authentic in Sydney. These bagels are about as traditionally New York-style as they get in Australia, made with the blood, sweat and tears of local self-proclaimed dough raiser and actual Brooklynite Michael Shafran, who first brought the power of the bagel to Sydney in 2013. With their slogan reading "If it ain't boiled, it ain't a bagel," BBB boasts traditional, handmade bagels. Shafran believes the most important aspect of creating is the boiling process, boasting on their website that they don't cut corners — rather, they go through the proper (and painstaking) kettle-boiling, hand rolling, cold fermentation process.

Mastering the art of bagels is just the beginning for Shafran, who's slowly introducing his various other New York loves into the bakery, including Mecca coffee, NY-style pretzels, breves (coffee with half milk/half cream) and babaka, a Jewish rolled cake with his own personal spin of either salted caramel or the traditional filling of cinnamon and chocolate.

Find Brooklyn Boy Bagels at 448 Bunnerong Road in Matraville, as well as at farmers markets, pop-ups and cafes around Sydney.

Images: Brooklyn Boy Bagels.

Published on May 27, 2015 by Gemma Mollenhauer

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