Sept. 6, 2018 By Tara Law
Astoria bagel chain New York City Bagel and Coffee House will open its fourth location this January.
The shop will be located at 29-10 Broadway, a brand new, 6-story building that will also offer 64 apartments and other street-level stores. Like the other New York City Bagel and Coffee House locations, the shop will serve a variety of bagels and spreads, soups, coffee, beer on-tap, and breakfast staples such as eggs and pancakes.
Co-owner John Loukas, an Astoria native who currently resides in Bayside, has run the bagel chain with a partner, Michael Lagoudis, since 2013.
Loukas said that the bagel shops have been warmly received by the community in Astoria due to the quality of their food. All of the bagels are made by hand and on-site.
“When bagels are hand rolled, they taste differently than when they’re made by a machine,” said Loukas.
Loukas added that the New York City Bagel and Coffee House aspires to create a homey atmosphere in its shops.
The locations are somewhat large for bagel shops— the new shop will boast about 50 seats— so that families can sit together to enjoy breakfast, and that people can linger to use the WiFi.
Loukas said that he particularly likes the area surrounding the new shop because there are many families, and the residents seem to be “friendly.”
Loukas feels that the warm culture of New York City Bagel and Coffee House will fit in with the neighborhood.
“We’re family,” he said of the store. “We know everybody’s names, their kids’ names.”