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If you’ve ever been to New York City, you know that there are certain foods that are synonymous with the Big Apple. Big, cheesy, NYC-style pizza slices, for example; or hot pastrami from a Jewish deli or a mustard-topped hot dog. But no trip to New York is complete without a visit to a bagel shop. A freshly-baked bagel slathered with cream cheese and topped with smoked salmon is the perfect New York breakfast, but for most of us, New York isn’t exactly around the corner. Thankfully, some of New York’s best bagels are shipping to your door on Goldbelly!
Bagels have been a quintessential New York nosh for well over 100 years, since they were brought over by Eastern European immigrants. Classic NYC bagels are boiled in water that contains a bit of sweet barley malt before being baked, and locals swear that the New York water makes them taste better than any other. The ideal bagel has a chewy crust that gives way to a soft, fluffy interior that’s perfectly complemented by cream cheese, lox, smoked whitefish salad and other “appetizing” (which translates to, basically, “things that go with bagels”).
You can find bagels all across America these days (and in Canada, where sweeter Montreal-style bagels, like the ones sold at the iconic St-Viateur, are popular), but there’s nothing like a real New York bagel to take your brunch to the next level. These legendary NYC bagel & appetizing shops are shipping nationwide!
The Best New York Bagels
Russ & Daughters
A Houston Street staple since its 1914 founding, Russ & Daughters is today New York’s most legendary appetizing shop, selling a wide variety of smoked & cured salmon as well as harder-to-find bagel toppers including kippered salmon, delicate sturgeon, and peppered mackerel. They all partner up perfectly with their chewy house-baked bagels.
A Queens landmark since 1980, Utopia Bagels individually hand-rolls its bagels, kettle-boils them, and bakes them in an oven that was originally built in 1947. They’re slightly chewy, a little crusty on the outside, and soft on the inside, with a satisfying maltiness that just can’t be faked. They’re shipped by the baker’s dozen in a wide variety of flavors and alongside creative cream cheeses including walnut raisin, cinnamon apple, and tofu lox.
Tompkins Square Bagels
A true neighborhood bagel shop, the East Village’s Tompkins Square Bagels is run by Christopher Pugliese, who started making bagels at age 16 and uses a recipe from the 1950s. His bagels are available by the dozen, and the shop is also renowned for its irresistible French toast bagels.
Zucker’s Bagels and Smoked Fish
Zucker’s makes their bagels the old-fashioned way, but doesn’t shy away from the new & creative, like skinnier Bagel Flatz and par-baked bagels that finish baking in your home oven. Their classic Bagels & Schmears are not to be missed, especially when complemented by lox that’s been everything- or pastrami-seasoned.
Classic NYC bagels meet the 21st century at Little Italy’s Baz Bagels, where owners Bari Musacchio and Saralyn Feinberg are upholding the traditions of NYC bagel baking. All of Baz’s bagels are hand-rolled, kettle-boiled, and baked in a special rotating deck oven, the old-fashioned way. The modern touch? Rainbow bagels!
A New York institution since 1916, Orwashers is one of the city’s most legendary bakeries, famous for its babka, black & white cookies, artisanal breads, and, of course, bagels. These bagels stand apart from the pack thanks to their use of sourdough, which gives them a slightly tangy flavor.
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