I am not really a bagel person, but I do enjoy a good bagel every once in a while. Lately, my bagel cravings have been occurring at a higher frequency thanks in part to New York food community's renewed interest in bagels. My Instagram feed is filled with photos of bagels and there are countless articles on all things bagel.
Too lazy to travel down to SoHo for Black Seed Bagel, the bagel shop that's somewhat responsible for the recent bagel craze, I opted for my neighborhood bagel place. Not bad when my neighborhood bagel place is the established institution….Ess-a-Bagel!
There's always a line for Ess-a Bagel. Luckily, as a local, I know that there are actually two separate lines. The bagels-only (no fancy toppings) line is toward the back of the store and almost always short.
An added bonus of being in the bagels-only line is proximity to the bagel making action! Glimpse of trays of rolled dough…bagels floating in the hot boiler…and the massive oven filled with almost ready-to-eat bagels.
I got a whole wheat everything bagel as it was coming out of the oven. It was pipping hot! The freshly made bagel was crusty on the outside, soft and chewy in the middle. NY bagel at its best! My only complaint is the $2.25 charge for the tiniest container of cream cheese. Seriously?!
One of these days I'll make my way down to the much hyped Black Seed Bagel. For now, I am feeling quite satisfied with my whole wheat everything bagel with a schmear.
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