Jessica Mousseau is a copywriter & copy editor from the United States. Her work can be viewed at: www.jessicamousseau.com.
Published May 15th 2011
It's hard to say what New York City is most famous for—its pizzas or bagels. Oh, well, there's only one way to find out. You'll simply have to visit several bagel shops and decide for yourself. There are about as many bagel shops as there are New Yorkers, so here's a few locations to get you started. Enjoy your journey as you look for the best NYC bagel shops.
Can't have bagels without smoked fish, and you can get both here. The shop is located in Tribeca, and prides itself on making the bagels fresh every day, as well as purchasing the smoked fish from only the best NYC vendors. Besides bagels, you can order sandwiches, wraps, and salads. Wash your order down with a gourmet bottled beverage or a cup of Oren's coffee. Then, tell your friends about the place, if they don't already know about it.
No matter where you are in New York City, you want to take a trip at least one time to Manhattan City Hall, where you'll find Bagel Deluxe and Café. If you have to go down there to take care of City business, reward yourself for having had to navigate those waters with a bagel from there. Lafayette Street is also close to Chinatown, so if you're a mind, you can get your bagel to go and stroll through the streets of Chinatown. This will help you enjoy your trip even more, and will make it all worthwhile.
If you're in the Tribeca neighborhood, you want to stop in at Tribeca Bagels. You don't have to worry about not making it before closing time, though, because the shop is open 24 hours. Tribeca Bagels has a breakfast and lunch menu, but breakfast can be ordered all day. The lunch menu includes soups, sandwiches, wraps, and salads, so you should be able to find something to satisfy your appetite.
If you work in the Financial District or if it's one of the stops on your sightseeing tours, then you can take a meal at Leo's Bagels. The unique thing about the bagels here is that they're hand-rolled, just like they made them "in the old days." Besides bagels, Leo's Bagels also offers sandwiches and soups. You should have no trouble finding something you like for breakfast or lunch.
There are two locations of this establishment: 7 Carmine Street #1 and 529 Franklin Avenue. One (The Carmine Street one) is located close to all the good shopping places, so you can take a break and recharge your batteries (both with a bagel and a cup of their very strong coffee). The other one is located in Nassau County, so you kind of have to be heading that way to go by this one. But, if you are (it is close to Belmont Park Racetrack) you can stop in for a bite to eat before continuing on your way.