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amyc927 Aug 13, 2012 06:20 PM

Anyone know of a place with good jalapeno bagels? Being a traditionalist, I have never even entertained the thought of such a thing, let alone eaten one! But a friend from upstate coming to town is itching to try them - no idea where she heard of them but any help is appreciated! Thanks!

  1. Motosport Aug 14, 2012 11:03 AM

    I would guess that one of your friendly local bagel shops would be happy to bake up a dozen for you. Your friend can freeze the extras. I find that bagels freeze will in zip lock freezer bags.
    My suggestions because I like their bagels:
    Ess-A-Bagel
    Tal Bagel
    Vic's Bagel Bar

    1. LeahBaila Aug 14, 2012 11:05 AM

      Perhaps she's heard of them from...and don't laugh...Au Bon Pain. They have a "jalapeno/cheese" bagel that, believe it or not, is pretty damn good.

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        uwsgrazer Aug 16, 2012 06:06 AM

        I believe it. Au Bon Pain has a cinnamon bagel that was also pretty darn tasty. It was really more like a big bun (but not sweet or sticky or anything) with tasty cinnamon baked in.

        1. re: uwsgrazer
          Motosport Aug 16, 2012 07:49 AM

          Sounds more like a "bread ring" to me. So many places call their bread rings bagels.
          If they are not boiled in water they are not true "water" bagels even thought they may taste good.
          A Doughnut Plant PB&J tastes great but it's not a bagel.

          1. re: uwsgrazer
            michele cindy Aug 18, 2012 01:59 PM

            I agree the jalapeno cheese bagel is really good at Au Bon Pain. I cant think of it in the same category as a bagel, only thing in common is it has a hole. It's nice toasted as the cheese gets a bit frico like.

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              LeahBaila Aug 20, 2012 09:26 AM

              They're so moist, too. Never had mine toasted, but I like the way it sounds. Thanks!

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            sugartoof Aug 16, 2012 08:05 AM

            Ideally with their own flavored cream cheeses. It's true, they can be good in their own way.

            I think Brooklyn Bagel has them, for a better overall bagel experience.

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              LeahBaila Aug 16, 2012 10:07 AM

              Good to know...a jalapeno bagel sounds pretty awesome. I wonder which flavor of cream cheese is ideal?

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                sugartoof Aug 16, 2012 02:06 PM

                I don't know truthfully, but the sundried tomato cream cheese matches well with the Asiago bagels. They usually just give you a small plastic contained to apply it yourself.

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                  LeahBaila Aug 17, 2012 06:14 AM

                  Good call. That sounds like a good match - or even just plain! I need to check this place out. Thanks, sugartoof!

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                    sugartoof Aug 17, 2012 09:08 AM

                    Yeah, there are better bagels to be had in the city, and we're not talking about the healthiest bakery chain but for a novelty flavor, they can hit the spot.

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              City Kid Aug 17, 2012 12:50 PM

              Agree, Leah, Au Bon Pain's are good, though I haven't had one in year.! They have a lighter texture and are a bit oilier than "real" bagels and I have enjoyed them toasted au naturale!

              1. re: City Kid
                LeahBaila Aug 20, 2012 09:26 AM

                It's the only thing I eat @ ABP. Whenever I'm in an airport, it's what I crave for bkfast!

            3. rteplow Aug 15, 2012 06:02 AM

              Lenny's Bagels on Broadway at 98th St.: IIRC there is a "bad boy" bagel that has jalapeno, cheese and some other flavor. I'm not sure how pronounced the jalapeno is. I like their bagels, though: I might rank them above Tal's but not above Absolute.

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                guyonatlantic Aug 17, 2012 09:39 AM

                I tried the Jalapeno-Asiago cream cheese (on a mini egg bagel) at Brooklyn Bagel (Broadway in Astoria) this morning. It was tasty but SO spicy. And I like spicy. I was crying on the R train. I don't think they have Jalapeno bagels though.

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                  LeahBaila Aug 17, 2012 10:46 AM

                  Ahhhh...this is great to hear. Sounds delish!

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