New Yorkers love their bagels like they love greasy pizza, avoiding eye contact, and boozy brunch. As a result, there are about as many bagel shops in New York as there are Starbucks–including Starbucks–but few produce the big, tender, chewy rolls NYC is notorious for. To get your carboload at an authentic New York bagel shop, I recommend you head to the Brooklyn Bagels & Coffee Company, ironically located not in Brooklyn, but in Astoria and Chelsea.
What sets Brooklyn Bagels apart from the others is not only their amazing bagels–all hand rolled, kettle boiled, and made with organic ingredients–but their selection of novel and imaginative spreads, like bacon scallion cream cheese and various flavored butters. If you want to try a new spin on a classic, try pairing lox with their cucumber dill cream cheese like I did, pictured above. Or if you’re feeling daring, get an everything bagel with a shmear of the diavolo chipotle cream cheese for a spicy, flavorful combo.
And if bagels aren’t your thing, hey, the coffee’s pretty good, too.