I discovered New NYC Bagel Deli the day after it opened in the Brisbane Quarter on 1 August 2018. Brisbane Quarter is a new premier precinct consisting of three towers: residential apartments, offices and a hotel. It is on the old Law Courts site bordered by George, Adelaide and Ann Streets and North Quay in Brisbane, of course. NYC Bagel Deli is located on the ground floor of the precinct and is the first cafe to open in the much anticipated retail section.
Bagels originated in Poland and travelled to New York City with Polish immigrants. New York has become synonymous with bagels and now Brisbane CBD has it's own NY style bagel cafe. NYC Bagel Deli cooks their irresistible dough rings fresh daily - firstly boiled then baked. You can choose your bagel from a large delectable selection including gluten-free, plain, blueberry, sunflower, poppy seed, onion, garlic and jalapeno.
Choice of Bagels (May Cross)
Once you've selected your bagel style, choose from the wide variety of fresh and locally sourced fillings on the menu. My favourite is the Premium Smoked Salmon with spring onion and dill cream cheese, capers, black pepper and cucumber on an "everything" bagel for $13. They have all the popular combinations such as BRAT (bacon, roquette, avo and tomato) and Reuben (pastrami, swiss cheese and sauerkraut) and Smoked Chicken with Cream Cheese, among others. Or you can go minimalist with cream cheese "schmears" or spreads. Prices range from $3.00 for a bagel with cultured and salted butter to the Halloumi Brekky at $13.50 which consists of Halloumi, bacon, fried egg, tomato chutney, pickles and roquette.
Menu from NYC Bagel Deli (image by May Cross)
They also specialise in Vegetarian filling options. Try Grilled Halloumi, Free Range Egg and Cheese, Cream Cheese and Vegies, Mediterranean or Feta and Avo Rose. Vegans are catered for too: beetroot hummus, avo, capsi, sundried tomato, cucumber, roquette and balsamic for $10. If you prefer a sweet bagel rather than savoury, go for the Sweet Tooth Bagel: espresso butter, cream cheese, poached pear, and berry compote at $9.50. Delish.
The coffee is barista made - and you can have it just how you like it, whatever that is. The coffee is Padre Coffee which was not one with which I was familiar. But I can tell you that my large skinny cap was made to perfection.
Padre Coffee (May Cross)
If you don't fancy a coffee, they have Eshai tea, thickshakes and juices as well. The choice of thickshakes (with added protein if you like) are peanut butter, chocolate, banana or the lot ($7.00 to $9.00). The fresh orange juice at $5.50 is made daily on the premises.
Fresh OJ Daily (May Cross)
There is a loyalty card scheme which is a cut above most others around as it's not just for coffees. You can collect a stamp with ANY purchase of $5.00 or more. After 6 stamps, you can claim a free beverage or bagels. A good deal in my book and it gets better with subsequent 6 stamps - see the loyalty card for freebies such as sandwiches or money off.
They are open seven days a week for breakfast and lunch. Trading hours are Monday to Friday from 6.00am to 2.00pm and Saturday and Sunday from 8.00 am to 2.30 pm. The other NYC Bagel Delis in Brisbane are at West End, Chermside and Fortitude Valley. Check out their website here.