Bagel House is an authentic bagel shop where you can enjoy some delicious bagels in New York City
In Spain, when you think of a special breakfast, you might think of churros and hot chocolate. Or maybe (especially in Málaga) you remember a special place for eating “pitufos” (little sandwiches on delicious bread). But, the ubiquitous New York breakfast that trumps all others is, without a doubt, a good bagel and coffee. Every neighborhood has a place to get bagels (or if it doesn´t, maybe you shouldn´t be living there!)
My friend introduced me to the Bagel House, 89-18 Northern Boulevard, Jackson Heights. And she found it the way any good neighborhood detective does- by watching where the cops go! Every morning she would see how busy this little bagel shop was, and eventually put two and two together, that across the street there was a police station. While some American stereotypes are not true…it just so happens that cops do in fact like donuts, bagels and coffee. So when we stopped into this place to pick up some bagels for breakfast, I knew it would be authentic.
The small store has room for a few tables where you can sit and eat your bagel, as well as a case with sodas and bottled juices. I am always amazed when I go back to the States just how many juice and soda products we manage to invent! The real deal, however, is the counter where you can see baskets of fresh baked bagels and their flavors: sesame, cinnamon raisin, everything, poppy seed, etc. On the other side of the counter are different types of cream cheese, tuna salad, salmon, and lunch meat, and just at the end you can find sweet things like cookies, muffins and doughnuts.
The black boards on the wall announce the specials, but most everyone who walks in knows what they want already. The workers talk to each other in Spanish (which always throws me off when I return home). And when it’s our turn we ask for two everything bagels to go with a side of cream cheese. I always get the cream cheese on the side due to the fact that in New York, and many other places in the US, they tend to over-do it with food. I do enjoy some cream cheese on my bagel…but not nearly the amount that usually comes slathered on the toasted bread. Regardless, we planned on taking our brown paper sack of bagel goodness to my friend´s apartment to enjoy.
The whole visit took us no more than five minutes including the time we waited in line. And quite frankly, this is just one of many great bagel stops in New York. My best advice in finding a good bagel? Go where the locals go!!! I later passed a cute little bagel shop on 37th Avenue that might have been more a place to sit down and chat with your coffee and bagel, but my friend told me that the quality of the bagels there was nothing compared to Bagel House. (And when you are only visiting the city for a short time, there is no room for mediocre mornings). We ruskommend the Bagel House with 5 boquerones for authenticity, tasty bagels, and quick service.