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Wednesday
Feb182015

Ollie & Ry Now Open in Bageltique Space on Fifth

A new bagel and sandwich shop with a cheffy twist opened last week in the space that was last occupied by Bageltique, on Fifth Avenue between Carroll and President Streets. It's called Ollie & Ry, and it's owned by two chefs who named the restaurant after their young children.

The the northern half of the double-wide storefront is a coffee bar selling a nice selection of coffee drinks, the southern half is a seating area, and like Bageltique orders are placed at a counter in the back. Just about everything is made in-house: there are two varieties of lox, one made from salmon and the other trout; bacon, roast beef, and pulled pork are all fresh-made; and bagels (which sell for $1) are made locally by one of the owners' friends.

You can get all the familiar bagels and toppings here, as well as breakfasts like eggs and pancakes and sandwiches including roast beef with Korean barbecue sauce and kimchee slaw; pulled pork with Chinese five-spice, hoisin, and cabbage slaw; pulled chicken with chimichurri, lettuce, tomato, and mayo; top round roast beef melt with melted cheese and onions; chicken salad; and even grilled cheese with Spam. There are also several salads and fresh-squeezed juices.

This restaurant elevates your usual bagel shop a bit; the bagels are tasty, the sandwiches are well-prepared, and the housemade bacon and cured salmon are definitely a nice touch.

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Bagels e panini sono molto trendy anche in Italia se avete bisogno di un aiuto il mio Knw how è a disposizione

February 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterFranco

Thought this was becoming a Le Bagel Delight?

In any case, I walk right by here and never notice that it's reopened so I suggest they change the signage and do something to make sure that people know they are open and different from the previous establishment.

I also saw someone that someone said they open at 8am which is entirely too late for a place serving coffee.

Please step up your game Ollie and Ry! We don't need any more mediocre poorly run establishments around here that only make it 9 months.

February 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEd

@Ed Signage will be going up within a week.

February 18, 2015 | Registered CommenterHere's Park Slope

I'd like to see them open before 8am. The Bagetique wasn't great but at least it opened early enough that I could grab something to eat before going to work.

February 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRyan

8am is ridiculous for a place that serves coffee.

Should be 7am at the latest, but 6 or 6:30 would be better and more in line with what is typical.

Le Bagel Delight opens at 5:30am.

Beygl which is very close to here (and also EXCELLENT) opens at 7am.

This place will be doomed to failure if they are the last coffee/bagel place to open around here.

I hope they do something with the outside and the peeling paint, because it looks awful now.

Will definitely give it a try though.

February 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTim

I do think they are staying open later- nice option to grab a sandwich.

February 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterErika

Innovative business concept.
Wonder what the rent is.

February 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMarty Markowitz

I'm assuming that's a joke, Marty.

The neighborhood is absolutely saturated with bagel places. We have 2 La Bagel Delights, Bagel Hole, Beygl, Bagel Market, Union Market sells bagels, Bagel World, AREA Bagel, shall I continue?

And we have about 15 coffee places.

February 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

But all the good bagel places (Bagel Hole, Bagel Pub, Beygl) close early (4-5pm.) If this place has good bagels and stays open late, I'll definitely pick up a bagel sandwich for dinner on occasion.

February 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterYo

Bagel Hole closes at 6pm
Bagel Pub closes at 6pm
Beygl closes at 4pm
Bagel World closes at 10pm
LaBagel delight closes at 8pm.

Do we know when this place closes? People are assuming it's staying open late but we so no evidence of that yet. Lots of bagel places in the neighborhood are open past 4pm.

February 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterIna

And they sell "bagel sandwiches" at every local deli as well. Many are open late or even 24 hours like the one on Berkeley/5th.

I just don't see how opening a bagel sandwich store with limited hours is really going to survive. Might as well have opened another childrens clothing "boutique"

I won't even comment on naming the place after your kids with those names. Lordy, wait till Gawker finds this one.

February 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterIna

Give us a Shelsky's and then we'll tawlk!

http://www.shelskys.com/

February 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterIna

How is there a whole thread impugning their hours without a single person indicating what the scope of their hours are?

But more distressing about this place is that you cant confirm what they are (or anything else for that matter) because, at least from a cursory search, they have no website or social media. Is it even possible to run this type of business without one? How do you open with no website? or even a twitter feed? If it werent for the 5th Ave BID they wouldnt even show up on the Internet at all. Being a chef and running a business are not the same thing.

As for their food, I cant comment , not having been there yet BUT if Dan is correct , bagels are a prime feature of this place and they dont make their own? Their "friend" makes them "locally"? WTF does that mean?

This isnt dry cleaning where most places send out to a nondescript warehouse in Queens manned by undocumented quasi slave labor.
Every good bagel place always makes their bagels on the premises, thats kinda the definition of what a bagel place is.

February 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJbob

Yes, Lisa, my comment was facetious.
Bagel stores, Thai restaurants, Nail salons (yes, another one going in on Seventh Ave.), Real Estate agencies.
The homogenization of Park Slope continues.

February 18, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermartymarkowitz

Actually 2 more nail salons on 7th ave coming in both between Union and Berkeley literally right across the street from one another.

And a Verizon store coming where Game Stop is.

Horrible!!

February 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

I walked past the place this morning and looked at their hours. The sign said closed Mon. Open Tuesday through Sunday, 8am to Closing.

February 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRyan

In that case, Ryan...I give it 8 months. Tops.

February 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSara

What the hell kind of bagel place closes on Mondays? You don't close for a day when you open a business like this. They already sound lazy and they've barely opened. I take it back, I don't think it'll last 8 months. Ridiculous.

February 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSara

@Sara- maybe Mondays are the day their "friend" takes off and since they don't make their own bagels they have to close. Nuts.

February 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJbob

Place is doomed. You cant re-open a failed business (with the same basic goods) and not redo the interior and exterior. They are adopting all the taint of the past failure and gain none of the benefit of a new business.
2nd - those hours are beyond stupid. A breakfast place opening at 8am. unbelievable.

Everyone loves to bash the Landlords and complain when national chains come in, but the level of sophistication and acumen shown by the average retailer in Brooklyn makes clear that the landlords often have no choice.

February 19, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterbrklynmind

Walked into this place two weekends ago and walked right back out. It's the same dingy floor and beat-up furniture from Bageltique. They should've done a top-to-bottom overhaul of the space. It's just not inviting.

February 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterVLM

The reviews above prove the obvious once again: You can't put a business in the hands of amateurs. This is the biggest problem with the Slope. We need less dumb ideas and more proven winners.

Imagine what the folks behind the Larder could have done here. The Bogota guys could have opened up their own market. Instead, another doomed storefront, just like the Nutella store, the cookbook store, and that other place. Throwing money to the wind while kids starve somewhere else.

If people want to open up businesses like these, have them gentrify Brownsville or something.

February 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHomey

Would have been nice to have a Black Seed Bagel open here. Not some half assed place where your 'friend' makes a few bagels in that shabby, dirty old space you plan to occupy for a few hours a day, 6 days a week. I love it...8am to close. You can't even tell us when you plan to get bored every day and close so you'll just leave it to chance! Brilliant strategy!

These owners sound like idiots. Not that I'm surprised after they named their children Ollie & Ry. Those poor kids have to grow up named after a dumpy used bagel store? Might as well just hand your paycheck over to the psychologist now!

February 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRita

We just don't need another bagel place here. Beygl is perfectly good.

February 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJBob

everyone can rest easy.
they put a new (slightly dingy) awning up
and posted a sign that says they are open till 8pm

February 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterjbobPRIME

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