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In October last year we went back to NYC, home of the modern bagel, for menu inspiration and a good time… we were not disappointed!
If you find yourself in New York, you could check out any of these and be impressed-
1 – Black Seed Bagels, 170 Elizabeth St. A Montreal inspired bagel bakery baking their bagels in a wood fired oven. These guys have a delicious menu and the most original store design of all the bagel bars we visited.
2 – Essa Bagel, 3rd Avenue. Up in Midtown Manhattan, Essa Bagel is one of NYC’s more famous bagel bars. The bagels here are HUGE. We had a Ruben that was basically two bagels in one. The ingredients were good, service was typical NY style; fast and efficient. Like lots of NYC bagel bars they make a big range of flavoured cream cheeses displayed like a gelato counter.
3 – Zaro Bakeries, various locations inc. the magnificent Grand Central Station. Zaro bake lovely bagels, they also make amazing cakes and other Viennoiserie, coffees etc.
4 – Bagels on the Square, 7 Carmine St. Somewhere on the edges of Soho, Nolita & East Village is Bagels On The Square (Just off Bleeker Street, worth a visit in itself for boutique shopping). This is a bustling store with a queue snaking round the shop apparently all day. Another large range of cream cheeses, smoked meat and smoked fish galore. They also bake on site and have a huge range. A Cuban Sandwich on Pumpernickel Bagel jumped off the menu so we dived in. It was epic. The shop is on a quiet square with benches and a fountain, a bit of a refuge from all the bustle to enjoy your lunch!
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