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Dec 9, 2006 10:56 PM

Bagel Recommendations

Anyone out there able to recommend a great bagel/bialy place ideally in brooklyn?
in carrol gardens, park slope, boerum hill etc... are would be great, but am willing to travel.

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  1. i am definitely not a bagel "expert", but i have always been happy with bergen bagels.

    1. My favorites in Park Slope are Bagel Hole on 7th Ave 'tween 12th and 13th and Bagel World on 5th Ave at 5th Street.

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      1. re: livetotravel

        second that on bagel bagels in the slope!

      2. I think Montague bagels are the best, they are in Brooklyn Heights. They are chewy, freshly baked and not too salty or sweet.

        1. i'll "third" bagel hole for a dense, chewy, not-enormous, classic brooklyn bagel. the (windsor) terrace bagel would be my second favorite in brownstone bk. i don't dislike bergen, but i often find the bagels a little too fluffy and too sweet for my tastes.

          i'd like to hear more about bagel world on fifth. what are those bad boys like?

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          1. re: allydee

            i ate at bagel world a while ago and thought it was very good. the people who live right around there are lucky to have it.

            thanks for all the comments!

          2. Havent been to the slope but Bagel World on Court in Cobble Hill is great.

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            1. re: Ljubitca

              They may be the best in the area but I'd disagree on being great. They just aren't "real" bagels. They are too big, too soft, too sweet and too undercooked.

              That being said, I buy them 2-3 times a week.

              Its add that Brooklyn, an area with the largest Jewish population in America can't land a decent bagel shop.

              1. re: Larry Brooks

                >>>Brooklyn, an area with the largest Jewish population in America can't land a decent bagel shop<<<

                False. Same subject, different day...I don't know how many more times I need to impress upon fellow 'Hounds the extreme goodness and authenticity of the BAGEL SPOT in Borough Park.

                No funky-berry flavors, just a beautifully executed little gem of a bagel...and as Kosher as they come...All flavors are classic and loaded with the coatings, unlike "Brownstone Brooklyn" pretenders.

                It's on 14th Avenue near 43rd Street...the closest subway is the "F" to Church Avenue...walk down Church 'til it intersects 14th around 36th Street. AND, for a bread BONUS, don't forget to stop over at RIO Gas and fill up on an Ostrovitsky Challah.


                1. re: Mike R.

                  STRONG second for Bagel Spot. Look, you want to be a chowhound, in the true spirit of the credo as laid out in the old pre-CNET homepage? Meaning: a person who will put in a little extra effort to have a truly special eating experience (?). Get out to Borough Park and have a real, boiled, crusty and chewy, not-just-round-bread b.a.g.e.l. made by actual Jews at Bagel Spot.

                  And no, I supposed you don't have to be Jewish to make a proper bagel any more than you have to be Chinese to make a proper soup dumpling - necessarily. But insofar as bagels are a unique food item linked to a particular culture's culinary heritage, it can't hurt to have a bagel made by folks who are part of that culture. Or - to take another tack - Bagel Spot bagels are the best, most bagel-y bagels I've had in NY, and possibly it's not a coincidence that they're made by men with curly beards.

                  1. re: GDSwamp

                    Amen, Shabbat Shalom & Happy sentiments excatly...a "Spot"-on bagel if ever there was.