CROTON, N.Y. -- It’s impossible to live here and not have a bagel opinion. The New York area, as everyone knows, is the bagel capital of the world. And yes, it’s worth waiting in line on a Sunday morning to get one of these doughy wonders fresh out of the oven. Toasting, as a bagel purist knows, is not necessary when you buy the very best.
Who Has The Best Bagels In Westchester County?
Bagels on Hudson, Croton-on-Hudson
J.V. Hot Bagels, Yorktown
Lenny's Bagels, Rye Brook
Mount Kisco Bagel, Mount Kisco
Sammy's New York Bagels, Scarsdale
We asked for your favorites and now have five contestants in the running. Each is being profiled this week as part of our ongoing DVlicious contest. Here’s the lowdown on one who made the cut.
What Makes Them Bagelicious: The NYC-style boiled bagels are small, dense, chewy, and semi-sweet, not big and bready. Their salmon and whitefish comes from Mount Kisco Smokehouse, known for its handcrafted smoked goodies. And they don't skimp on the schmear -- fillings are slapped on to the point that they are falling out as you eat. Twenty varieties of bagels and a baker's dozen of cream cheese flavors. It's clear a lot of though -- and love -- goes into their products; the store is a family operation run by Owner Debbie Liaskos and her sister, Kim Peterson.
Crazy Flavors: Seasonal spreads include pineapple and fresh strawberries in the summer. As far as the bagels go, it's not so much crazy flavors, as crazy size. They offer a whopper of a party sandwich made with a giant bagel that could easily serve 28.
Reminder: The contest ends Monday, April 25 at 5 p.m. You can vote multiple times, albeit once per day.
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