Outrageous bagels in Westchester and where to find them
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Warning: these are no ordinary bagels. Instead, they’re overdone in the best possible way at these Westchester restaurants.
New York’s iconic bagel is not just a Sunday morning staple and the crucial base for a bacon, egg and cheese, but an ever-evolving craft. These Rings of Perfection can be humble vehicles of flavor for creative schmears or inventions on their own. These six Westchester bakeries, bagel shops and cafes put a unique spin on the classic bagel. If you’re a purist, don’t worry, they all guarantee the crispy, chewy, chewy essence that’s so integral to a bagel.
1026 Broadway, Thornwood
Bagelicious deserves a standing ovation for how much he can stuff into a bagel. Gourmet bagel sandwiches defy gravity with piles of ham, Genoa salami, pepperoni, provolone, Swiss and just about anything you can imagine. The shop offers a more traditional bagel with a smoked nova or whitefish salad, but when you’re ready for some real carnivorous company, try the Spicy Italian Sandwich, Roast Beef Bagel, or Mozzarella Pepperoni Sandwich with oven. This Bagélicious experience is inclusive for all with tofu cream cheese options and gluten-free lunches.
391 Main Street, Armonk
95 King Street, Chappaqua
Other locations in Tarrytown, Port Chester and Yorktown Heights
Too much schmear on a bagel? Can a schmear be too wacky? Is it really possible to put any food in a schmear? These are the important questions The Bagel Emporium answers for all of us. Adventurous cream cheeses include Bacon Horseradish, Jalapeno Cheddar, Cannoli, Oreo, and Apple Cinnamon. However, for absolute champions of the sweet tooth, it’s crucial to pay homage to “Yabba Dabba Doo”, an outrageous fruity pebble bagel with cotton candy.
134 Southside Avenue, Hastings-on-Hudson
Signature kimchi bagel. Need we say more? This magical cafe focuses on community, outrageous bagels and hosting witchcraft events. The Good Witch Coffee Bar will easily make you a customer for life with the rotation of delicious pastries and rich coffees. In addition to the most popular kimchi bagel, other must-try specialties are spring herb mushroom and truffle bagels.
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1426 East Main Street, Shrub Oak
325 NY-100 Somers
JV Bagels is celebrating your taste buds with its Party Bagel. This revolutionary bagel experience features a giant bagel serving at least 16 people, topped with a customizable combination of egg, cheese and meat. What more do you want in life than a giant disc of doughy, crunchy goodness that satisfies an entire gathering? In the shop’s words, “go big or go home!”
172 South Ridge Street, Rye Creek
4662 Boston Post Road, Pelham
Come lunchtime, there’s nowhere you’d rather be than at one of Lenny’s Westchester’s two locations. Unique and outrageous bagels include ‘University’ Cranberry Vanilla, ‘Bad Boy’ Poppy Onion Egg, ‘My 2 Son’ Poppy Sesame Sunflower, and ‘My X’ Jalapeño Cheddar. If those mysterious but delicious names aren’t convincing enough, try cream cheeses with mouth-watering flavors like fig and bacon, garlic and herbs, or jalapeño cheddar.
476 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains
This little hole-in-the-wall cafe is known for its innovative variety of sweet and savory combos. To start your morning, spice up a classic bagel with a less conventional savory spread like olive and chili or bacon, garlic and herb cream cheese. Immediately afterwards, pretend you haven’t had enough and order a dessert: a rainbow bagel, sweet wheat with honey, or a blueberry bagel with strawberry or walnut and raisin cream cheese. . Be sure to schedule the next few hours of your day to digest.