The 10 Best Bagel Shops in NYC

The 10 Best Bagel Shops in NYC

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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.

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    Our favorite of the bunch is the meaty smoked rainbow trout, which flakes like kippered salmon but with a much gentler flavor. As these are Montreal-style rounds, sesame is a safe and delicious bet.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Best of all may be their cheddar bagel, wherein blistered cheese adheres to the baked good's exterior.
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    Bialys, bulka (sandwich rolls), bagels, and pletzls (oblong bialy/roll hybrids) are all squeezable and chewy, but only the bagels have an audible crunch.
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    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.
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    The chewy bread becomes a canvas for Thompson's many antipasti, flavored cream cheeses, and cold cuts, resulting in an inspired mash-up that's 100 percent Brooklyn.
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    Was your case dismissed at Queens County criminal court? Run down Queens Boulevard like the free bird you are to this old school deli baking extra crisp bagels and bialys.
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    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.
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    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.
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