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Jan 1, 2004 06:50 AM

Terrace Bagel - Windsor Terrace

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I read in the New York Times that Terrace Bagel has excellent bagels. Do chowhounds agree with this assessment?

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  1. Good, but also try Bagel Hole on 7th Ave. around 12-14 streets.

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    1. re: holeyboy

      Terrace's bagels are very good, but I think Bagel Hole's are a cut above. Bagel Hole bagels are slightly smaller and a little crispier (if that's the right word) than Terrace's. Bagel Hole does not do well in the appetizing department though (and avoid the coffee at all costs). Bagel Hole's on 7th bet. 12th and 13th.

      1. re: Steve S.

        I noticed a Bagel Hole on Coney Island Avenue near Avenue J. Does anybody know if it's related to the 7th Ave. establishment? (Haven't tried the CIA place.)

        1. re: Denise R.

          The excellent Kosher Bagel Hole on Coney Island Ave. near Ave. L is not related to the one on 7th Ave., which is, IMHO, not good (full of sugar).

          1. re: KRS
            uncle moishy

            The Kosher Bagel Hole is on Coney Isl Av at Av K (not L), fronting the northbound bus stop on CIA. Their other store is on the corner of Av J and E 15 St, the same corner as the revered DiFara's. They do make good bagels, also good twists and pretzels (but avoid the bialies, imo). The fish appetizing is decent; the lox is handsliced, but in advance into quarter-lb. packages. The whitefish is very good, and they do a good job filleting it for you. For fish, I go to the CIA store (the orig).

            1. re: uncle moishy

              Thanks for the tips! I have been looking for a reliable whitefish source. I'll try it soon.

      2. re: holeyboy
        Joyce Goldstein

        I agree that the Bagel Hole is good but it has been downhill for a while now. I'm going to try the Windsor Terrace one to see if it's better.

      3. Yes, yes, and yes. They're also super friendly, and if you go there for lunch, they also have an amazing sandwich called the South Brooklyn. Hot turkey, grilled mushroom and onions and melted provolone on a roll or a hero. Divine.

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        1. re: Will

          yes, and they have really good baked salmon spread.

        2. I think Terrace makes great bagels. We've been going out of our way for them for years, and they are the bagel of choice when we need to buy for out-of-towners. All the classics: egg bagels, excellent cinnamon raisin, everything bagels with a good amount of salt... my favorite is definitely the pumpernickel.

          Terrace also supplies to the park slope food co-op: 33ยข a bagel!

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          1. re: budino

            thanks for the info about terrace supplying the co-op - i was wondering about that.

            1. re: brooklynmonkey

              and there was a sign in the Coop today that there were no bagels because Terrace's oven was out. Wonder if maybe they were just overwhelmed.

          2. Terrace Bagels are the best I've ever had. Since moving to Jersey, I've given up trying to find anything that comes close, at least near me. I just stopped buying locally. I will invent an excuse to drive to Windsor Terrace and stock up. BTW, with all due respect to those posters who prefer Bagel Hole, I could never agree that they could ever compare with Terrace.

            1. I respect Ed Levine lot but he corectly defined bagels as being small, chewey and crusty and than went wild over Terrace Bagels- which are good but much too big and doughy. He didn't mention the Bagel Hole which makes a real NY old fashioned bagel. He clearly didn't do his homework.

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              1. re: josh L

                Terrace Bagels makes a mini bagel that is much more like the smaller bagels everyone remembers. Same great taste without being large and doughy.