Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Bagel Debacle

Wikipedia defines a debacle as an event that turns out as a disaster.
The majority of my recent trip to New York was amazing....with one major exception: my attempt at finding the perfect New York bagel!
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I was determined to find a SUPER yummy and truly authentic bagel the first morning we were in NYC. So I pulled out my trusty phone and googled "Best place to eat a bagel in NYC" with great results. I found two places both within a few blocks of Grand Central.
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First we headed to Daniel's Bagels.
Unfortunately when we got there, we saw this on the door:
In case you can't read the sign, it says they are closed for the day! I figure it must be my awesome luck that they just happen to be closed the one day that I am in NYC and looking for a bagel...especially since we walked more than a few blocks out of our way just to get bagels.
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Now I was more determined than ever to get a good bagel, so instead of giving up we headed uptown to Ess-a-Bagel. We had to backtrack about 6 blocks from Daniel's and continue up another 8 blocks or so to get to Ess-a-Bagel's. But again we see no line, no customers...just a note on the door:
Yep! They were closed for the day too!
Apparently Jason and I don't keep up with our Jewish holidays as well as we should, because the one day that I was determined to find a bagel {which are usually made in kosher bakeries} was Rosh Hashanah.
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I gave up that day, and settled for a SUPER delicious croissant instead....but I was still determined to get that bagel.
So bright and early the next morning we head back to Ess-a-Bagel....only to realized we should have read their sign a little more closely.
Yep! They were closed on Friday too!
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It only took three attempts, but I finally got that awesome New York bagel that I was hoping for! And it was totally worth it...plus all that walking was surely enough to burn off all the calories in the HUGE bagel loaded down with strawberry cream cheese!

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16 comments:

Melissa said...

But you still found the bagel and it looks fabulous. Yum.

Carrie said...

Mmmm...that does look delicious! So worth it I'm sure! And I bet walking in NYC is fun to sight-see and be among the hustle and bustle :)

Kelli said...

At first I was thinking 'what is going on' but as soon as I saw Rosh Hashanah I thought 'ooohhh.' I'm so excited that you got it though and that it was worth all of the walking. And so true that all of that walking balanced it out :)

Jamie said...

yummy, I bet it was worth the wait!! And now I am craving a bagel :)

Kmama said...

For sure, what a debacle!!

We bought bagels from some famous place in NYC and they weren't anything special. I was really disappointed.

Stephanie said...

Do authentic bagels not have holes in the middle?

Nichol said...

Yum! I've never had an authentic bagel, that looks more like a roll. After looking at your photos I told hubby we are taking a road trip to the city soon! I cannot wait!

Angie said...

That bagel looks to die for. How frustratingly funny that you went on a wild goose chase. HA!!

Jenilee said...

that looks SOO good! I'm sure it was worth the wait!

Foursons said...

Their blocks are soooo big too! I know how much walking you did in order to get that bagel so I'm thinking yes, you definitely walked enough to make up for the calories.

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Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Oh, mercy, that looks delicious!!!!

Kelly @ Blessed Mommy, Blessed Wife said...

This story made me laugh so hard - sorry, not at your expense - that is just downright FUNNY! There is nothing like a NY bagel. I grew up on Long Island and bagels are the first stop when we step off a plane back home. They're even better in the city.

Liz @ Sugarplum Creations said...

Oh yum! I'd be thinking the same thing . . . wow, I really earned my bagel now! :)

Myya said...

That is so something I would have done! Mmmm, looks yummy!

Alicia said...

That looks so yummy and fresh! I'm sure it was worth it!!

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