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May 27, 2008 05:03 PM

Closest thing to NYC Bagels in Boston - VOTE!

I'm doing something kind of silly. I'm going to visit my sister + fam in London for 1 week and since I'm checking in luggage, I have plenty of space to bring food from here. I've read the posts/threads on "best bagels in boston." In order to avoid trying one from each of the following, can you please make your vote for the best bagels in Boston (defined by closest to NY bagels).

1. Kupel's
2. Iggy's
3. Bagel Rising
4. Bagel by Us
5. Rosenfeld
6. Brugger's


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    1. My "VOTE!" is that this has been hashed over 12 gazillion times.

      And you left out Katz's in Chelsea which is probably the best.

      9 Replies
        1. re: Infomaniac

          I agree. This has been hashed out a lot. The only NYC style bagels in the area are Rosenfeld's and Katz's. Others may be good but they aren't NYC style.

          1. re: StriperGuy

            (Crabby rant edited out and moved to Site Talk, where it belongs )

            IMO Katz's is the best I've found around here but I haven't made it to Rosenfeld's yet. And I'll add the controversial opinion that Brueggers's CAN do good bagels- they just don't always do it. But when they're on (don't overcook it, overproof it or whatever they do to ruin it), they can put out a bagel that's pretty damn good.

            1. re: Chris VR

              I agree re Brueggers. The key is getting the bagel when it's fresh outta the oven...unfortunately when you don't get it that way I think the bagel is nothing special...

            2. re: StriperGuy

              Definitely Katz's and it's really close to Logan, so they should be fresh.

              1. re: rlh

                What does the airport have to do with a fresh bagel?

                1. re: StriperGuy

                  ** my post was about me wanting to being bagels to london **

                  sorry for posting something that has been "hashed 12 gazallion times." despite all the newbie haters, i really appreciate all your votes/recommendations.

                  I'm going to try to go to Katz although its a little bit further from me (brookline), othewise I'll go to Rosenfelds which is really close by - except that its not open monday - the day that i am flying.

                  1. re: kweesee

                    Not a newbie-hater at all... just wish folks would take the time to do a little good old fashioned homework before posting.

                    Heck I eat Kupel's, Iggy's, and of late even Bruegger's and they are all fine. But if you want the creme de la boston-creme probably Katz's.

            3. 7. None of the above

              While it is not my favorite in NY, H&H ships world wide and smokes anything available up here. Sad, but true.

              Personally I would have some bialys shipped up from Kossars if you really want to fill your luggage. The shipping is expensive, however no more than time and gas spent in runnung aroud to the 6 sub par places listed above.

              7 Replies
              1. re: Gabatta

                no native new yorker would agree with you, as H & H bagels are oversized monstrous pillows and not bagels.

                1. re: teezeetoo

                  I agree about H&H to a point, however they are still way better than anything available in Boston and all of the suggestions listed above. I suggested them as they will ship overseas thus saving the OP suitcase space.

                  No native New Yorker would disagree that Kossar's bialy's are among the best choices in NY which is why that was suggested if the OP truly wants to pack a case with bagels.

                  Thanks for the info on "native NYers", you must be very knowledgable on the subject. I guess I haven't been down there to see the family in awhile and things have changed ;)

                  1. re: Gabatta

                    kossars is still good (the best bialy but they were sold and they've lost a little) Sorry, but H & H bagels suck. Rosenfelds and Katz's are better by far and even Brueggers are smaller and tougher textured when they are baked right. i grew up in Borough Park, so maybe we just have different bagel childhoods!

                  2. re: teezeetoo

                    Agreed. I think they're entirely overrated.

                    I like Kupel's and Breuggers, but I don't love either.

                  3. re: Gabatta

                    FWIW, you can get H&H bagels hot and fresh from Idywilde Farms in Acton. They are delivered frozen and partially cooked. They finish baking the bagels on site.

                    1. re: bostonfoodie111

                      This option is also available at Bagels by US in Arlington, but the bagels are not the same texture as the fresh ones in NYC (I'm referring to the storefront next to Zabar's on the UWS to be precise- can't vouch for all H&H outlets) - but at least on par with Breuggers, Iggy's, and Kupel's.

                      1. re: bostonfoodie111

                        Stella's Cafe (new on Washington St in the South End) also has H&H, M-F.

                    2. I'll vote for No. 7, Cafe Fresh, in Dedham or Needham. I haven't been to Katz's, but I prefer it, by far, to any of those listed above.