What’s the first food you think of when you think of New York? Pizza? Well yeah, obviously. But how about after that? Bagels! At least that’s my thought. In Texas, our quick breakfast food is a rotation of donuts, kolaches, and breakfast tacos. Of which the last two are sadly a rare sight in NYC. But at least the city offers up something else that’s just as delicious to start your day.
Man, I don’t know what it is about bagels with cream cheese. So simple, but so incredibly good. Just like with pizza places here, there’s about a million bagel places that claim they are the best in the city. One of the names that kept popping up on my radar was Zabar’s, which is also famous for being a gourmet/kosher food and food stuffs emporium.
One morning when I was on the way to drop off a visiting friend at the train station, we decided to finally go experience a true New York bagel. We went to the Zabar’s in the Upper Westside, and it definitely seemed like one of those places where no one ever looks at the menu and is frequented by regulars. I felt like a lost little puppy because I was trying to find out what the bagel options were but couldn’t find a list and they were just all tossed together in one basket and the guy was waiting for me to order so I just picked out the one that seemed to look like an onion bagel. I had a vague idea that that was a thing. The bagel was nicely crisp but a teensy bit burnt along the edges. I’ll hold that against whoever toasted my bagel and not Zabar’s. I also prefer when bagel places put a heaping amount of cream cheese on your bagel instead of just giving you those little cream cheese packet container things you get at buffets and on tables in diners.
If I lived next door to Zabar’s I would probably stop by every now and then, but it looks like my quest for the best bagel in the Big Apple is still on!
Onion bagel with cream cheese
New York, NY 10024