OK, it’s not really fair to compare any NYC bagels to Russ & Daughters, but I just so happened to eat a Russ & Daughters bagel and a Black Seed bagel. So I thought it would make a good Two for Tuesday.
Russ & Daughters is a classic NYC institution. Its original location is on Houston Street and it also has a cafe nearby on Orchard Street. I went to the original because I just wanted a bagel. And I got a toasted onion one with scallion cream cheese. Excellent bagel. If you are visiting NYC and want to try the most authentic bagel, this is it.
Black Seed Bagels is a more recent newcomer to the NYC bagel scene. It’s located in Nolita, Battery Park City and the East Village. I went to the Nolita location. The bagels here are a combination of New York and Montreal style. They offer standard bagels– plain, sesame, poppy, rye, everything, salt and multigrain. I’ve had bagels in Montreal, and I don’t think they quite measure up to Montreal’s time-honored bagels. I had about the same style bagel as I did at Russ & Daughters–plain with scallion cream cheese. It was a good bagel, but not special and a bit pricey. The schtick here is the artisanal bagel sandwich like ricotta, apple, honey or smoked trout, hard-boiled egg, arugula and dijon mustard. I admit, they do sound good, so maybe I’ll have to try one next time.