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Dec 18, 2011 07:00 AM

decent bagels in lower hudson valley?

Anyone know where to get GOOD bagels in the lower Hudson valley, east of the Hudson? Like, northern Westchester, Putnam, southern Dutchess (up to Poughkeepsie)? Properly prepared bagels, not the kind that taste like a roll with a hole in the middle. I can't always get to Kossar's on the Lower East Side, Ess-a-Bagel in Manhattan or Terrace Bagels in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, the three places I have come to hold up as a standard by which all bagels are measured. I like Bagel Power in Scarsdale too but I was hoping to find something further north. Thanks!

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  1. Bagels on Hudson in Croton-on-Hudson. In the Croton Commons shopping center just off the Rte. 129 exit off Rte. 9.

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    1. re: Elisa515

      these could be great bagels as they've solved the hardest problems of crust and consistency. Unfortunately, imo, they use far too much sugar making them almost inedible. A shame as the only place that comes close is a good 20 minute drive.

      1. re: vinouspleasure

        I don't think I've ever noticed sugar in these bagels. All types, or just some?

        I do know they make them on premises the old fashioned way. As a kid, I made bagels at home because we lived in a rural area and rarely were anywhere we could buy them. I like being able to peer into the back and see the big boiling vats.

        1. re: Elisa515

          I've only tried poppy and sesame, not sure if extends to everything but I'd guess so as I can taste it in the dough. I dunno, my wife doesn't taste the sugar but then she doesn't understand why I like ess-a-bagel so much more than say stew leonards bagels.

          I do agree that their process is great and it results in just the right crust and texture. Over the years I've thought about bringing in a city bagel to see if they can make some like that. But I don't want to insult them...

        2. re: vinouspleasure

          I absolutely agree with you about them being much too sweet. My theory was that they use part whole wheat (seems that way anyway) and use the sugar to try to "help" the flavor. I just don't like them.

      2. probably not too convenient but the bagel shop in the golden horseshoe in north end of new rochelle is very good, otherwise rely on the ones from fairway

        1. This is distant to you but after eating my way through most bagelries in Manhattan, Queens and Westchester I am quite partial to the little chaotic bagel shop at the Quaker Ridge shopping center in north New Rochelle. Just the right amount of crispness and resistance to the skin, not overly sweet and puffy in the middle like H & H, nor too dense. Fairway is fine too, but just slightly less character.

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          1. re: addictedtolunch

            Have to agree with you, addictedtolunch!

          2. We are former city dwellers and are very big fans of Park Place Bagels In Bronxville. Until we found them, we were so unhappy with what we could find locally. They also run the bagel place in Chester Heights.

            1. Until recently I was buying my bagels in NYC and freezing them. But I found HIghlands II on upper Central Avenue in Hartsdale/White Plains. It's in the same shopping center as TJ Maxx just above Christmas Tree Shops. Very good bialys and the bagels are nice and firm on the outside and not puffy or huge. Very tasty and a good alternative.

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              1. re: wincountrygirl

                Have you tried their smoked salmon or salads?

                1. re: selhal

                  No. I live near the Mt. Kisco smokehouse and their smoked fishes are amazing. I don't even look for better!