Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Ess-Amore!: Ess-A-Bagel - NYC

I was Jewish in my past life for sure. I love bagels and schmears and matzo ball soup. I had one Santa Cruz Skate Boardish Jewish friend in elementary school and after school I'd go to her house and her mom would feed us fruity seltzer water and poppy seed rolls with loads of cream cheese.

And after that I didn't really know any Jewish / Kosher peeps. I just kept eating bagels. The West Coast kind, i.e. Noah's Bagels and the occasional mediocre mom and pop bagel shop.

While I was in NYC I tweeted my pal Sam Kim (because he is our very own Angelino NY expert) for good bagel recommendations and he quickly responded with Ess-A-Bagel, which conveniently happened to be a rock's throw from my host's pad. Coincidentally, it was the first eating establish in New York that I visited without a line. And also the best bagel and cream cheese I've ever had.
A cinnamon raisin cream cheese bagel bromance

I ordered a large coffee and whole wheat everything bagel with scallion cream cheese for a grand total of $5. I sat comfortably with a view of the bagelry bromance featured above.
 All on an old skool cafeteria style tray

My bagel was...

Everything I could ever hope for in a bagel and cream cheese: a chewy ultra fresh bagel with a seed crusted outside and a thick layer of whipped cream cheese with a mild scallion touch. And to mazel-tov it all off, it was all kosher, so the rabbi loves me.
Damn I wish I lived closer



Kung Food Panda said...

One thing I didn't get to eat in NYC....bagels. I didn't even visit Russ & Daughters. So sad.... :(

Diana said...

Damn, take me with you to NYC the next time you go, TALF. I can be Jewish in a past life too!

Sam said...

Now you just need a friend that lives near Absolute Bagels, Russ and Daughters, Zabar, and Murray's!

weezermonkey said...

I do love a good NYC bagel. Nothing compares.

And, if I didn't marry my husband, I'm pretty sure I would've ended up with a Jewish guy.

Banana Wonder said...

Danny - argh, next time 'round. just don't expect that good of bagels from Russ - they specialize more in the fishies.

Diana - That means we could be JTALFs in the past life. Woot!

Sam - I only hit up Russ & Daughters from your list. You should organize an Angeleno eating tour!

Weezermonkey 0 lol oh yes, i haven't found anything like the NYC bagels out west. I won't tell your hubby about the jewish man statement.. ;)