Ah, the Bagel … Who knew that a dense ring-shaped roll with a slightly crunchy cone would be so delicious? This surprising texture is what makes it so special, after all, we hardly like it in a bread with a heavier dough like this.
Despite its European origin, it was in the United States, more specifically in New York, where this round roll won hearts. No, oddly enough, Bagel was not born in NYC, but there it was definitely improved. In fact, the origin of Bagel was somewhat mysterious until recently, you know? It was with the book The Bagel – The Surprising History of a Modest Bread (2008), the American Maria Balinska, that the story became a little clearer.
There were already reports of a ring-shaped roll that was boiled and baked in Italy and North-West China, but the origin of the first Bagel is in Poland. Bread arrived in North America through the Polish Jews who immigrated to the United States in the late 19th century, mainly to the New York region. Bagel was practically restricted to Jewish communities until mid-1910 when it began to become popular with the Lender family. Harry Lender founded the first Bagels factory outside NY, in 1927, and was also responsible for selling frozen bagels to supermarkets.
As I said, the bagel may have come from Europe, but today it is practically an American export product. The secret of this delight is not in the ingredients, but in the way of preparation, more specifically in cooking. First, the dough is poured into boiling water and then baked. The smooth cone and the soft core are the characteristics of a properly New York bagel that became a fever in the 1980s.
Today, not only do you find stalls selling these wonders around every corner of the city, you can also easily find specialty stores! New York is really the world capital of Bagel and of course I couldn’t help but share some of the best places to eat this amazing roll over there 😉
Opened in 1976, this Bagels shop remains one of the best places to find this bagel in New York. There is no shortage of incredible fillings with homemade cream cheese, one of the flagships of the place. In addition, here you will find fillings with fish, meat and vegetarians! It is not by chance that the lines are long, see? It is worth trying a traditional bagel!
Address: 831 3rd Avenue – New York, NY 10022
BLACK SEED BAGEL
Want to get out of the obvious a little? This is definitely the right place! Here they put a little honey in the water before boiling the dough. The result is a slightly sweet bagel with a perfect brownish cone! Do not be disappointed with the size a little smaller than the traditional bagels of the city, after all, this unique taste has no equal!
Aah, it’s worth mentioning that the decoration of the place is cute, super charming and cozy. For those who want a complete experience, Black Seed is ideal!
Adresses: 170 Elizabeth St – New York, NY 10012 / Hudson Eats @ Brookfield Place (200 Vesey St) – New York, NY 10080/176 First Avenue – New York, NY 10009
In addition to an incredible variety of fillings, here you will find no less than 16 varieties of bagels always fresh and all are delicious! Are you strolling on Broadway? Be sure to stop by here, you will not regret it!
Address: 2788 Broadway, New York, NY 10025
If you’re in Brooklyn and hit that craving for a bagel in the middle of the morning, this is one of those yummy places to take it easy! Relax, have a delicious juice or smoothie and finish off at least one freshly baked bagel flavor. The place has a super nice decor, kind of hipster until 😉
Address: 287 9th St – Brooklyn NY, 11215
Don’t be alarmed by the rather simple decor: here you will find some of New York’s most recommended bagels. The portions are huge, the sandwiches are super stuffed and the dough is that way we love it! The place can be considered the most “peculiar” of everyone on the list, but it is still worth the visit.
Address: 541 Amsterdam Ave – New York, NY 10024
So, do you know any other unmissable place to eat bagels in New York? Tell us in the comments!