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NYC and Ess-a-Bagel

A whirl wind work trip led me to Hong Kong, New York and down to Miami. I have never been to Miami so was uber excited and keen to go. ‘The Mother’ tagged along like a handbag and since we were in the US anyway, thought we would swing by Hawaii to catch up with one of his oldest friends, Lobster Dynamite.

I have been very fortunate to go to NYC a few times now, and no doubt there will be more visits in the coming years. I really do love the city. I was hoping to have most of the weekend in NYC, however, ‘The Mother’ got food poisoning on our last night in Hong Kong. Not quite sure what he ate, he didn’t eat at any hawker stalls, it was a proper restaurant he claimed. We were supposed to fly early on Saturday morning, and get to NYC around about midday, and I would have at least 1.5 days to shop and eat. Alas, that idea fell through, and we flew that evening, and arriving in NYC at about 8pm. I was gutted, but I knew I couldn’t leave ‘The Mother’ all alone – he looked as though he was dying – moaning and groaning but thankfully he got over the sickness quite quickly and we were heading to NYC!

We didn’t do much that evening, checked in, roamed around the city for a bit, it was COLD! Colder than I had anticipated, ‘The Mother’ didn’t bring enough clothes but he was ok with it, he wanted to shop anyway – his luggage only weighed 11 kgs!!!! Mine was double that – clearly I don’t know how to pack light.

Our first breakfast in NYC was no doubt a bagel! I have been looking forward to having a bagel since I found out I was going. Two jet lagged couple got up at about 5 am and was ready for our first meal of the day! ‘The Mother’ was hungry as he hasn’t eaten for at least 36 hours! There are so many bagel eateries in NYC, but after much google-ing and research-ing, we decided to go too Ess-a-bagel.

I could smell the fresh baked bagel as soon as we entered. Different types of bagels on offer, I was confused but excited at the same time, like a child in a candy store.

If you thought choosing which type of bagel you wanted was difficult, the next task was which cream cheese you want – so many different types! I didn’t think there would be that many different types of cream cheese.

‘The Mother’ was hungry (or so he claimed) and ordered three bagels between the two of us – plain, sesame, and poppy and plain, olive, and blueberry cream cheese to be put in each of the bagels. We weren’t fussed so told the guy to ‘surprise’ us. The plain cream cheese bagel…

I love blueberry and couldn’t wait to try the blueberry cream cheese bagel. It was a little sweeter than normal, but it was good. The bagel itself was of course excellent, we had it toasted to give it that extra crunch.

I didn’t think I would enjoy the olive cream cheese, thought it would be too salty but boy was I wrong! It was probably my favourite out of the three.

Unfortunately, we didn’t finish all the bagel – ‘The Mother’ wasn’t as hungry as he thought, he was still feeling queasy which was not good! But was glad he got his NY bagel!

The lines were long by the time we left, which was about 7.30 – 8am, but it does move rather quickly. No doubt we had a bagel from this place every single morning we were in NY! Probably OD’ed on bagels but seriously, we don’t get bagels like this in Sydney! TOTALLY worth it!

PS: you can even order and get it delivered! The thought did cross our minds a couple of times, but thought that would just be lazy! Next time we will though!

GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10


831 3rd Avenue Street

New York, NY 10022

Ph: +1 212 980 1010

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  1. March 8, 2012 at 11:55 am

    I heart bagels in NYC. They’re so fresh and delicious you don’t even need any filling, I find. I do love the variety of cream cheeses here – it looks like an ice cream shop!

    • March 8, 2012 at 7:58 pm

      they were SOOOO generous with the cream cheese! thought my arteries were going to clog up! but it was tasty though!

  2. March 8, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Oh no, hope the mother is okay. Golly gosh I love the generous slabs of filling. Sooooo delish!

    • March 8, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      took him a week to recover 😦 poor boy… i ate so much good food and he couldnt!

  3. Max Gnarl
    March 8, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Dammit! There has to be some good NY style bagels in Sydney somewhere, right?

    • March 9, 2012 at 1:49 am

      hey max, thanks for dropping by! if you do find one, please let me know as i am also on the hunt for a good bagel in Sydney!

  4. March 8, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    There was a similar bagel shop at Chelsea Market, one with almost as many cream cheese options. It’s insane how much they pile into a bagel! If there’s one thing I could wish for Sydney is to do bagels properly, maybe not as much cream cheese, and get the Everything bagel down under. They’re the best!

    • March 9, 2012 at 1:50 am

      hey john, thanks for dropping by… we did have egg and bacon bagel… it was good! but then again, i am a sucker for bagels!

  5. March 9, 2012 at 1:03 am

    Im obsessed with bagels. I cant wait to try them in NY 🙂 YUM!

  6. March 9, 2012 at 4:15 am

    They put SO much cream cheese on their bagels, I scrapped most of mine off each morning…need to save that room for other food. I love Onion Bagels the best…LOVE em.

    • March 9, 2012 at 9:23 pm

      i know right? i did scrape some of mine off – it did get a little sickly but still.. very very VERY good! i miss my morning bagel fix!

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