EAST VILLAGE — Black Seed Bagels is set to open in the former DeRobertis Pasticceria space Monday, one of its owners said.
Starting Monday, Black Seed Bagels will serve its hand-rolled Montreal-style bagels at 176 First Ave., which housed the beloved bakery for 110 years before it closed last year. The news was first reported by the New York Times.
“We’re excited to be part of the community,” co-owner Matt Kliegman told DNAinfo New York.
The new location, which is nearly twice as large as Black Seed’s original Elizabeth Street branch, seats about 20 people and will serve an expanded menu as well as a more “robust” espresso program, Kliegman said.
Black Seed also plans to bring back some of its favorite DeRobertis’ pastries like the tri-color cookies, baking and selling them in the store.
Despite the changes, much of the historic bakery’s architecture has been kept intact, including its penny-tile floors, mosaic walls and original tin ceiling. The owners also plan to keep and repair the neon DeRobertis sign, so it can light up again, Kliegman said.
“We’ve really taken great care in preserving what was there,” he said.
Black Seed Bagels, located at 176 First Avenue, will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.