Long Island is lauded for its fair share of attractions: beautiful beaches, an acclaimed culinary scene, lacrosse and some of the biggest acts in music (Piano Man, anyone?). But no matter how you slice it, Long Island bagels headline our region’s holy grail. The classic bacon, egg and cheese has become a Sunday morning ritual that Long Islanders fail to live without. To find the 10 best places worth visiting for bagels, I turned to the experts: You. Like good butter and cream cheese, the answers were spread. But readers kept circling back to 10 in particular.
Better On A Bagel, Miller Place
The generously sized bagels are made from scratch every morning to ensure the highest quality. Though the staff takes its bagels seriously, the vibe is laid-back. Case in point: Visitors sleep in without guilt because eggs, which can come sandwiched in between bagels, are served until 2pm every day. Go.
A&S Bagels, Franklin Square
A&S Bagels are made in authentic New York fashion—kettle broiled, then baked in that order. The process ensures the crust is extra chewy. Flavors run the gamut and include cinnamon raisin, chocolate chip, French toast, blueberry, sun-dried tomato, jalapeño, pumpernickel and signature cheddar cheese bagels. Go.
Goldberg’s Famous Bagels, Various Locations
Goldberg’s has been around since 1949 and the reason why is likely all in the dough. It’s made using a confidential family recipe and boiled to activate the yeast before baking. The bagels are then rotated in the oven until they become the perfect golden color. Flavors include plain, egg, poppy, garlic, onion, pumpernickel and everything in between. Any of the egg sandwiches filled with an assortment of vegetables or meats are known to be nothing short of delicious. Go.
Bagel Biz, Melville
The family-run business was established in Melville in 1995. Since then the store has grown to a 3,800-square-foot “Mega Bagel Store,” baking and shipping thousands of New York’s best bagels daily. In the next couple of months, they will be able to ship anywhere in the country. From everything to cinnamon raisin, it’s easy to find your favorite. Go.
Bagel Boss, Hewlett
“At Bagel Boss it begins with a bagel and ends with brilliance.” Between tasty mini bagels and more than a dozen flavors of NY style bagels, visitors never leave unsatisfied. Plus, there are veggie, olive and strawberry cream cheeses for the indulging. Go.
Wally’s Bagels, North Babylon
Family-owned and operated for 25 years, Wally’s Bagels is known to have a long line but locals guarantee it is well worth the wait. From egg sandwiches to lunch meats, diners are never disappointed. Go.
Bohemia’s Little Bagel Shop, Bohemia
Bohemia’s Little Bagel Shop prides itself on being different. The bagels are steamed, not boiled, resulting in a softer, lighter bagel. Best part is, breakfast is served all day to cure any food hankerings. Go.
Strathmore Bagels, Various Locations
For those looking to sit and stay a while, look no further than Strathmore Bagels in Ronkonkoma. The shop, which boasts various locations around the Island, plays smooth jazz and has a tropical aquarium to gaze at. Other locations, including the one in Lake Grove, have live music from time to time. Menu items have the same welcoming aura with gourmet omelets and homemade cream cheese spreads on any sort of bagel. Go.
Let There Be Bagels, Port Washington
Let There Be Bagels is a haven for those with dietary restrictions. Think diet bagels (fat-free, reduced salt, no sugar and sweetened with fruit juice), low-carb bagels and even gluten-free bagels. Go.
The Better Bagel, Amityville
The Better Bagel is back and better than ever. The raved-about bagel place reopened in February after a year-and-a-half hiatus and can be found on Merrick Road. Try the new jalapeño cream cheese on an egg bagel or the classic breakfast BLT on an everything bagel. Go.