Bagels on Long Island
Growing up on Long Island we know that a bagel is more than a roll with a hole in it.
Chewy on the inside, crispy on the outside.
Anyone know where I can get a good NY Water Bagel on Long Island?
Preferably Nassau County, but at this point the entire Island is fair game.
I am in the Riverhead area. I have yet to find a Long Island bagel that comes close to a NYC bagel.
Ess-A-Bagel being my all time favorite.
In what area do you live? You should not have to go far to find an excellent one. I love Bagel Hut in Great Neck and ask for and receive one,"well done". They also will let me know what is hot out of the oven. Also for western Nassau people is Utopia Bagel in Queens(on the boarder of Bayside and Whitestone). If you search Chowhound you well find it is loved and adored by many. I have become more of a fan recently and the accolades are well deserved.
Thanks. I live in south Nassau, but I drive all over Nassau and western Suffolk. I don't see me getting to Queens early enough for a morning breakfast bagel, but I won't rule out a lunch bagel with a schmear, some sliced nova and a side of slaw and a full sour pickle.
Bagel Hut is still my favorite. It's just a drive away...
We use to live in Melville and found good bagels at University Bagel, in the strip mall across from the SUNY Farmingdale campus. The Asian couple who owned it (think they still do) lived in NJ and stopped in NYC to pick up their bagels and bialys on the way to their store. For several years after we moved to the North Fork, we'd make a trip back to get some and freeze them. We eventually gave up because it was just a long way to go for just bagels, and their bialys started to get huge, way too big. And parking can be an issue as well as being able to get what you want - that place is hugely popular with the college crowd and is always busy.
Now we make a trip in to the Fairway every 3-4 weeks to stock up on things we can't get here on the North Fork; their bagels and bialys are decent enough, and a stop for lunch at Blackstone's makes the trip well worth the drive. We have checked out every bagel shop on the entire North Fork, most of the Hamptons, Wading River, Shoreham, Mt. Sinai, and a few random other areas and they all are just awful, north worth the carbs and calories. One doesn't even have to try them, just look at them and if they have a flat bottom, forget about them. For instance, an everything bagel with the everything toppings absent from the flat bottom. Yuck.
There's always hope and I will be following this thread to see what pops up!
I don't eat bagels any more, but I have heard that Brendel's makes proper, boiled then baked bagels. There's one near me, but have never tried them.