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Best bagels in Brooklynb

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deb siner Sep 17, 1999 12:38 PM

I know this seems like a very bacic request, but all the bagels I get are either cooked from pre-frozen dough (and taste like it) or are huge, puffy airbags. Where can I get good, real bagels in my borough???

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    Susan LaRosa Sep 17, 1999 12:58 PM

    I rarely eat bagels,the Bagel Hole on Seventh Ave. in
    Park Slope has good word-of-mouth.

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      Mara Sep 23, 1999 05:43 PM

      Here's the skinny from a Jewish NY native (who grew up
      3 blocks from H&H):
      If you don't mind paying way too much, New World Coffee
      sells H&H bagel(s). For me, these are the ideal
      against which all other bagel(s) are compared. They
      are so chewy and dense - sometimes the price is worth
      it. Apart from those, I agree that Terrace bagels on
      Windsor Terrace is quite good, and you truly get the
      bagel that eats like a meal (it's huge). Bagel Hole is
      very satisfying for those who want a bagel so crisp on
      the outside, it's almost difficult to chew (it's fresh,
      though).

      Steer clear of NY Bagels N' Stuff - they're pretty
      awful unless you like cakey, crumbly bagels. And New
      Prospect is good if you want an incredibly dense
      whole-wheat experience and you don't mind waiting
      ridiculously long when there's only one other person in
      the store.

      I keep hearing of a place in NJ that sells the absolute
      best bagel anywhere - I don't know if it's the same
      place that's been posted on this board, but I'm
      curious. A friend of mine drives there from Manhattan
      every Saturday to pick up bagels, and he's right around
      the corner from H&H! Hmm, what's so special about
      these bagels?

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      jen kalb Sep 17, 1999 01:00 PM

      Its been a while, but when last checked, New Prospect
      at Home, on 7th Ave nr Berkeley in Park Slope, made
      their own bagels, wheaty, chewy and good - not exactly
      classics, and a bit pricy, but excellent.

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        Bob Dively Sep 17, 1999 03:50 PM

        I'm partial to Terrace Bagels on PPW in Windsor
        Terrace. People also seem to like Bagel Hole on 7th
        Ave in Park Slope but I don't care for them for some
        reason.

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          Kendra Sep 17, 1999 06:44 PM

          In Cobble Hill, the new-ish place on the east side of
          Smith Street near Bergen is pretty good. Not
          incredibly delicious, but they *are* the real thing
          (boiled, then baked), which is more than I can say for
          anything else in the neighborhood.

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            Jessica Sep 21, 1999 10:48 AM

            Do you mean Bagel World (which is on Court St., not
            Smith), or is there a hitherto-unbeknownst-to-me bagel
            place on Smith?

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              Kendra Sep 21, 1999 07:32 PM

              Whoops, sorry. Yes, Bagel World on Court Street.
              Also just had a couple of delicious muffins from there
              (chocolate which was still melty inside and orange
              flower). But their egg salad was awful.

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            Allan Evans Sep 17, 1999 10:44 PM

            Outstanding bagel (bagels is not Yiddish! Bagel is
            singular and plural) is at a shop on Avenue J near the
            D train station heading towards Ocean Avenue. They are
            not as sugary as the yuppie variety and are consumed so
            extensively that all varieties are usually hot from the
            oven.

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