March 31, 2013
Opinion– Since posting our first story on the decline of the Pick-A-Bagel on South End Avenue, it has become one of the most read stories of the year. It seems official now that Pick-A-Bagel is the worst restaurant in Battery Park, which is saying a lot.
In a region infamous for low quality restaurants that get shut down by the Health Department, only to reopen under new names, Battery Park has been the Mecca for crappy food. So it takes something exceptional to dethrone Liberty View Chinese as the worst restaurant in BPC.
Congratulations Alan Phillips. You now run the worst restaurant in Battery Park City.
Some of the best comments posted have been:
“I’ve tried Pick-A-Bagel 4x. In short awful.” Joanna
“Pick-A-Bagel is a disappointment. Izzy & Nat’s was no great shakes…” Pfepher
“The new Pick-A-Bagel feels like a place that the owners are waiting out their lease. No effort, at all, went into changing the decor or the set up.” Jeffrey
“The staff at Pick a bagel on Southend Ave. needs to be retrained or replaced. They are incompetent and unfriendly.” Helene
” I only order bagel delivery because I can’t stand the smell in that place. South End Avenue needs a major overhaul.” Pao
Click here for full list of comments
January 24, 2013
We have received many complaints about the new Pick-A-Bagel slapped up after Izzy&Nat’s closed down on South End Avenue. Izzy’s was a full service restaurant with quality issues, so owner Alan Phillips decided to convert the space into a self-serve deli. However, even that is generating complaints due to heavy bacon smoke inside and overall poor quality.
Do you agree with these complaints or strongly support Pick-A-Bagel. Please post your comments.
Pick-A-Bagel on South End Ave and Albany Street
Update November 15, 2012
Update October 22, 2012
Izzy & Nat’s is now completely closed, and a sign indicates that it will re-open as a Pick-a-Bagel.
Update: October 11, 2012
We have heard from good sources that Alan Philips, the owner if Izzy&Nat’s, will be bringing in new management to the location and possibly changing the food offerings to more of a broader appeal diner.
October 9, 2012
Izzy and Nat’s, the deli on South End Avenue, is now closed for dinner service. If the place seemed to you to be more of a forgotten bastard child, your observations might be accurate. Rumor has it that the restaurant was opened as a safety backup in case Goldman Sachs did not allow the same owner to keep a presence in the Goldman alley. However, their Pick-a-Bagel, Wei West, and Beans&Greens were allowed to open.