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What Bagel Crisis?

If you can’t find a good one, you’re in the wrong town

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An Ess-a-Bagel bagel.(angela n/Flickr)

The New York Post reports on the “Great Bagel Crisis” afflicting New York City in the wake of H&H’s shutdown (not that H&H’s bagels were actually particularly good, but, well, never mind). Apparently, Zabar’s has found a new bagel supplier, but it won’t name names: if anyone knows who this is, please leave it in the comments or email me (I once heard that Zabar’s used to get its bagels from the tragically defunct Columbia Bagels, which closed in 2004). The article notes there are still places where you can get a good nosh, including Absolute and Ess-a-Bagel. Interestingly, the most “authentic” bagel in the city, in terms of fealty to what they made in Poland a century ago, can be found at the Park Slope, Brooklyn, establishment Bagel Hole, whose proprietor is an Italian guy.

Or, you could just go to a city with better bagels. Reports the Post: “Jewish-food authority [and Tablet Magazine food columnist] Joan Nathan (an H&H fan) thinks bagels are better in her current hometown of Bethesda, Md., than in New York. ‘We have very good bagels—we don’t have a crisis,’ she says.”

That was my H&H, suckers.

The Great Bagel Crisis [NY Post]

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Sara Ivry says:

Marc: Columbia Bagels operates Times Square Bagels on 44th Street off of Broadway, fyi. Excellent. And if you come to the fair borough of Brooklyn, Bergen Bagels has great offerings. Crisis averted, ptl.

Unless you live in Montreal, you haven’t had access to decent bagels in a very long time…

Bethesda Bagels is good, but Goldberg’s on Georgia in Silver Spring is better.

In the Boston area, we swear by Kupel’s in Brookline.

Moshe Fintz says:

Davidovich Bagels are the the traditional hand rolled, kettle boiled, plank baked, Kosher, all natural bagels. There is no bagel crisis any place where Davidovich Bagels are served!

philip mann says:

Montreal,all the way .If you didn`t know this already , your education has been sadly neglected.

Jac Lavone says:

Best bagel around is Super Duper Bagels in Livingston NJ…Second to none

rosanne skopp says:

I shouldn’t let these bagels out of the bag but the best and most perfect New York bagels never came from NY. They were handrolled at Newark’s famed Watson Bagels whose heirs are still making amazing bagels at Sonny’s in South Orange and Elmora Bagels in Elizabeth. Dense, crusty and not blown up with air. Real bagels.

philip mann says:

plus, anybody who thinks that bagels with cinnamon , or raisins or whatnot count as bagels, should lose their share in olam habah

C>Hoarsen says:

I live in the miami, florida areaa and
unfortuneately they dont bake a good bagel anywhere near here. Does anyone know???

neal sturman says:

what’s the best bagel store in Brooklyn?

Judy Meltzer says:

Goldberg’s Bagels in Baltimore makes the best bagels, biales, and twists anywhere. And they’re kosher!

Since moving to Canada from the US, I have been subjected to (ex-pat) Montrealers extolling the virtues of their hometown bagels. If you like a somewhat sweet bagel designed for people on low-salt diets, then I guess they’re OK. But they do not compare with crunchy on the outside/chewy on the inside NY-style bagels (available in many places other than NYC). However, while it is possible to find some halfway decent bagels in Canada, I have yet to find a good cream-cheese to shmear on them, since what passes for cream-cheese in Canada is a type of insubstantial concoction seemingly mixed with sour-cream.


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