New York City has the best bagels in the USA, hands down. Sure, there are great bagels in other states and countries, but there is something unique about bagels made in NYC. The soft water that runs throughout the city does play a pivotal role in the taste, but how the bagels are made actually has more to do with NYC’s bagel supremacy. I found out that the city’s bagelries poach the bagels prior to baking them – the dough simmers in a pot of water before entering the dry heat of an oven. This process makes the bagels soft inside and changes the flavour of the cooked bagel. A lot of other bagelries outside of NY skip the poaching step, hence the differences in consistency and flavour. Bottom line, every time I visit New York, I end up eating a bagel a day because you can’t get bagels like them anywhere else.
This time around, we spent a few days on the Lower East Side and found a little gem aptly called Heaven’s Hot Bagels. This cosy little spot serves some top notch bagels and sandwiches for a steal! The staff is so friendly and the prices for the value make Heaven’s Hot Bagels one of the few places in NYC that is still happily affordable. If I lived in NYC, I would be a regular at this little place.
Toasted Cinnamon Raisin bagels are my personal favourite and their homemade cinnamon, walnut and raisin cream cheese was delicious. I picked one of these up every morning we were in NYC – best way to kick off the day along with a large coffee.
Ciaran opted for the ultimate cheesy, gooey and decadent hot pastrami sandwich on a toasted plain bagel with mustard and American cheese – heavenly.
If you’re on the Lower East Side – make a pit stop at Heaven’s Hot Bagels! (Tip: They’re cash only).283 E Houston St b/t Avenue B & Attorney St
Lower East Side New York, NY 10002