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travelbuff Dec 2, 2007 06:53 PM

Just moved to town and am having serious east coast bagel withdrawl. Can anyone tell me where I can find a good bagel and some good fat deli cream cheese? They don't have to be from the same place. I eagerly await a reply!

  1. Adrienne Dec 3, 2007 02:22 PM

    Stein's, absolutely. They're really from up North (Philly, I think) and they do import not only H&H bagels but a lot of perfectly NE-style Jewish and Italian Deli foods.

    Their cream cheese is Philadelphia.

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    1. re: Adrienne
      Kingrover Dec 3, 2007 02:55 PM

      I second (actually fifth) Steins.

      Really good egg bagels. Better than a lot of North Jersey bagels I've had.

      With lox and cream cheese, capers and tomato its fantastic. Its 10 bucks, and you get a lot of salmon.

      1. re: Kingrover
        travelbuff Dec 3, 2007 03:34 PM

        Damn, I don't know if I can eat a frozen bagel, unless I'm the one who froze it. I think I've eaten H+H and didn't think they were that great. But I will try all of the suggestions (the Kosher place sounds great!) Thanks all.

        1. re: travelbuff
          Adrienne Dec 3, 2007 04:46 PM

          I'm not sure what you mean about them being frozen, I assume they import the dough and then bake it off here... anyway this is the menu from Kosher Cajun: http://www.koshercajun.com/menu.pdf which is definitely it's own thing... personally I'm not into non-dairy cream cheese, but obviously if you're actually Kosher it's preferable.

          1. re: Adrienne
            mikek Dec 3, 2007 06:55 PM

            No, they ship the bagels in frozen. Think Lender's but H&H instead. They actually come out ok if you defrost and toast at home.

            1. re: mikek
              Tonto Dec 4, 2007 09:16 AM

              I have been to Stein's when the Bagels have come out of the oven piping hot.

              1. re: Tonto
                JerseyNOLA Dec 4, 2007 10:02 AM

                Thanks for the CQ Tonto.....

                I have been looking for a substitute since Bayou Bagelry began floating belly-side up.

                Have not been to Steins - I go across Canal St so rarely that I need need to get a visa when I do.

                1. re: Tonto
                  mikek Dec 4, 2007 03:05 PM

                  Do they make their own or H&H? They import raw H&H bagels?

                  1. re: mikek
                    Adrienne Dec 4, 2007 03:38 PM

                    Maybe H&H boils them and sends them and they finish them off by baking them here? This is facinating and whatever it is they're doing, I want to start doing it in my kitchen.

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        Shiloh Dec 3, 2007 07:54 AM

        i'll toss this place out there. never been but have heard good things about it.


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        1. re: Shiloh
          mikek Dec 3, 2007 02:51 PM

          Pretty good, though no cheese or dairy of course! Martin's Wine has good deli sandwiches though. They use H&H bagels.

        2. sirvelvet Dec 3, 2007 07:37 AM

          There is a New York Bagel Co at 3923 Magazine. Haven't been since before Katrina but it was good then.

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            chef4hire Dec 2, 2007 07:42 PM

            oh, it's tough! I will tell you that I found the chopped liver and knishes at Stein's on Mag very good representations of what I remember from home...they supposedly have H&H bagels but I haven't tried yet...I'm visiting them on tues to order for a party and will check for you

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            1. re: chef4hire
              Hungry Celeste Dec 3, 2007 06:18 AM

              yeah, my first thought was Stein's, too. I know that Martin's Wine Cellar has frozen H&H bagels as well.

              1. re: Hungry Celeste
                Tonto Dec 3, 2007 11:05 AM

                Definitely Stein's

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