I don’t usually declare favorites. But when it comes to Nyack Hot Bagels, I gotta tell you: I’ve never had better.
I know, I’m going to hear from bagel fans (and bagel shop owners!) all over the region, but I would challenge you to a blind tasting to prove my point. These bagels are chewy but not dense, bready but not yeasty and always always made fresh.
When I bring them into the office, people go nuts.
More on this great place — and a chance to tell me what makes your bagel shop your favorite — after the jump.
OK first of all, there are a million kinds of cream cheeses. Maybe that’s nothing out of the ordinary, but the sheer mass of volume is impressive:
But maybe I’m getting ahead of myself. The bagel shop is in The Hub shopping center in West Nyack. And — yes, I’m sure you can point to a little bias here — I’ve been going there since I was a teenager.
It used to be just half the size. (The left side of this photo.) But it became so popular (and they need room for the lines and lines of people) so the owners expanded and took over the space of a deli next door.
And they have a deli section, too.
I’ve had everything from turkey sandwiches to sausage, egg and cheese on a roll. (Yes, of course there’s a griddle.) But my order over the last few years has become egg salad on a sesame bagel. The egg salad is to die for: rich and creamy… and no celery. (I like it that way.) I used to get it with smoked salmon, too. That is a great combination.
But I’m also torn. I adore the chicken salad, too. And I just noticed this new version. (I had already ordered. I’ll have to try it next time!)
There is always always a line. This is at 1030 on Tuesday morning.
So this time, I got a dozen mixed (the everything is great), cream cheese with scallion and bacon, vegetable cream cheese and a small container of chicken salad.
Devoued by noon.
In the height of summer, I’ll also bring tomatoes from my garden. Good times.
Nyack Hot Bagels, 344 Route 59, Nyack. 845-358-0837.
OK your turn. What’s your favorite bagel shop — and why? What do you get there? What makes it great? I’m hoping for a lively discussion here folks… I’m sure there are a lot of good ones out there… let hear it!