Boca Raton is closer and I am sure bagels are just as good.
I mean you got the flying bagel guy from West Palm south….
Who needs NY?
I only know it as "Hot Bagels" – on the south side of Montauk Highway, midway between Sayville and Bayport. I believe a Bayport address. If you’re flying out of Islip, it’s only 10 minutes away. We lived nearby for 2 years, and perhaps 2-3 times per week I’d stop by for hot, out of the oven bagels. The scallion cream cheese was creamy and strong…perfect! Most mornings, you were 10 feet away from the guys making them.
I would say Bagel Boss in Hicksville, (South Oyster Bay Road) Long Island. Their whitefish salad and egg salad are the best too and they are not skimpy with the cream cheese or butter. Big delicious bagels. The EVERYTHING bagels are my favorite with lots of butter.
House of Bagels gives you 18 when you buy a dozen. Pretty good deal on really good bagels- they do have decent cream cheeses- I just would go elsewhere for the lox and whitefish. (Not a Jewish bagel place, if you catch my drift.)
Steve, next time you should try Bagel Plaza in Merrick. They’ve been around since 1962 (that’s before I was born!!) and apparently are the oldest bagel shop on the South Shore of Long Island.
Well, the gang at the office loved them, so they were worth the price, I suppose. Maybe it was the $4+ cream cheese that did me in! I could have bought a slab of Philly at Publix and these rubes wouldn’t have known the difference! [:p][:p]
Boss ate hers plain — no butter/cream cheese right out of the bag! It’s no wonder we get along so well. Me, I loved mine yesterday – the crustiness of the exterior combined with the soft interior made for quie the treat! Today’s day olds were a pale comparison for me — but, for the rest of the office, a day old from NY is better that most of what we can get around here!
The place here in Kings Park gives an extra 6 free when you buy 12 and I think they are no more than 60 cents each.
Glad you got some good bagels! Those prices seems like more evidence of urban sprawl…Deeper into shruburbia the prices are lower and you still get 13 at most places.
Conveniene definitely won out over all other factors in the end.
I needed to get from the Long Island Marriott to Newark Airport — and frankly, I was running a little late on check-out. Knowing that any trip that requires a run on the BQE means adding extra time to sit idly in traffic, I felt that closer was better. I hopped off the Meadowbrook and hit Bagel Boss on Old Country Road in Westbury/Mineola/Garden City (I am not sure which burg actually contains the shopping center — seems they all about run into one another right there).
First, let me say that there seems to have been some serious bagel inflation. I paid $9 for a dozen — a price that would seem to be more inline with what one would pay at H&H, but didn’t quite seem like suburban bagel prices. I bought two dozen bagels — and received just 24 bagels. It seems like not too long ago, buying bagels by the dozen mid-week would net you a bonus of 3 or 6 bagels per dozen — or at least 13 (the traditional baker’s dozen). Alas, George W. Bush seems to be responsible for the price of bagels increasing astronomically.
Their cream cheese was no bargain, either. My total bill — which consisted of the two dozen bagels, two containers of cream cheese (one plain, one veggie) and one black-and-white cookie — was $28. The upside was that the one bagel on which I noshed on the way to the airport was fabulous — cinammon raisin…mmmmmmm!
The bagels will make their way to the office tomorrow morning, but I am confident that these are winners. Thanks to those who offered suggestions — my plan is to keep trying the others on subsequent trips to Long Island!
I will try to check out Bagel Plaza in Merrick, too. That is not too far from the Long Island Marriott (well, Merrick Road is not far — I just need to drive to Merrick!).
kozel — what you are describing sounds more like a kimmelweck roll and less like a bagel. Kosher salt and carroway seeds on a "bagel-ish" type roll, but I haven’t ever seen kimmelweck rolls with a hole — like a bagel would have.
Ok, I have an additional question for this group. Some time ago I had a GREAT salt bagel at an office in Oceanside. I was not able to find out where it was made. This one also had Carraway seeds like a salt stick. Now I’m from Suffolk (Ft Salonga) and would like to find a source. Any ideas?
Steve, I didn’t notice your quest for the best bagel until now. I grew up with Bagel City on Merrick Road in Merrick. Apparently they are now called bagel plaza http://www.bagelplaza.com they’re still really good the last time I checked. They’re in the Holiday Park Shopping Center.
I ended up pushing this assignment to next week, as I wasn’t going to be in the office the day after my arrival home — it is bad enough that they are day-old bagels, but over the weekend bagels are not cool. I will be out on Long Island next week — staying in Nassau and working in both Nassau and Suffolk, so I will try to hit more than one spot to determine if one bagel is better than another. Since I was also planning on bringing back some cream cheese, though, Bagel Boss may get the advanatage.
Thanks for all of the suggestions.
The bagels at House of Bagels at Vanderblit Parkwy and Commack Road are great . Unfortuantely, the appy stuff there is only so-so- THe whitefish and lox at Bagel Boss are better, but the bagels are not. I’m a Brooklyn girl- I know my bagels- don’t like em soft and mushy-House of Bagles gets my bagel vote, Bagel Boss the appy vote.
Slim’s Bagels on the North side just off Exit 31 of the LIE. You can see them boiled and baked. Nice and chewy.
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