When people talk about traditional New York bagels, odds are Ess-a-Bagel is at the top of the list. Operating since back on 1976, the lines are long, the wait staff is rude and the cream cheese flavors are copious. In other words, it’s very New York. I popped into the Midtown location and snagged myself a salt bagel with blueberry cream cheese.
Blueberry cream cheese is pretty rare, so I was incredibly excited about this. I was also happy with how dense the bagel was because it meant that it was cooked the right way. I was only slightly unhappy to find that the salt was highly concentrated on the bottom of the bagel instead of being at least slightly distributed. Fortunately, the high volume of blueberry cream cheese did its best to make up for it.
For a quintessential New York bagel, Ess-a-Bagel lived up to its reputation. The blueberry cream cheese was clutch, but I’m not sure I could handle the lines or the staff on a regular basis.