Whether your go-to order is plain with butter or a toasted everything with scallion cream cheese and private stock sturgeon, there's no wrong way to eat the right bagel made by a shop with character. Here are the 10 Best in NYC.
Bulbous specimens, they're surprisingly yielding despite their bulk. King among them is the egg bagel, tinged yellow with creamy yolks. The result is a best-in-class baked good with pastry aspirations.
The menu employs bagel Darwinism, placing flavors like egg onion and marble rye in the "traditional" category, while rosemary olive oil and jalapeno cheddar get the "artisan" moniker and a 50 cent price hike.
There are plenty of specialty cream cheeses to pair with your bagel, but the store is perhaps most famous for its "Chicken Ridiculous" sandwich, a mess of grilled chicken, mozzarella cheese, bacon, lettuce, and tomato on the bagel of your choice.
Smoked and pickled fish platters -- from belly lox and lake sturgeon to pickled herring and smoked trout -- are the freshest in the area. The bagel jerks get a little overzealous with the cream cheese, but the puffed up breads are up to the task.
Sandwiches come overstuffed, piled high with lox or an entire Philadelphia's-worth of cream cheese. If you're looking for something a bit less filling, the plain bagel is rolled thinner than the rest. It's as fine an expression of the craft as any.