Thursday, May 31, 2012

Murray's Bagels, New York.

It’s 12.07am AEST and I’m about to eat breakfast. I’m not an insomniac. I’m in New York. It’s ok to be jealous. 
Many hours of research has revealed that Murray’s Bagels on 6th Ave has perfected the NY bagel. I’m no expert on the subject. But I’m great at pretending. 
10.07am. Get in line with half of the West Village. Peruse the extensive menu. Practice your order over and over in your head.. ‘Cinnamon bagel with strawberry cream cheese, cinnamon bagel with strawberry cream cheese’. Repeat. Reach the front of the line. Forget your order. Say the first thing that pops into your head in a heavy Aussie accent. Repeat your order minus the accent. Collect your plain bagel with eggs and bacon. 
Regardless of the ordering mishap, I am chuffed with my spontaneous choice. The plain bagel is chewy with a dense bread flavour. Yet the insides are somewhat light and fluffy. See those little holes in the bagel? I’m pretty sure that’s the sign of a perfect bagel. Fluffy. Yeah, I’m an expert. And the bacon is oh so crisp. You don’t want chewy bacon on a chewy bagel. It’s all about the textures, and this bagel has all of them. 
A sweltering summer is currently edging closer to  NY, and the coffee here is CRAP, so drink it cold. It helps. 
Ignoring my better judgement, I brave the line again and order the cinnamon bagel. It’s like a giant, chewy hot cross bun slathered with cream cheese that is punctuated with chunks of real strawberry the size of your face. Perfection. 

Murray's Bagels
500 Avenue of the Americas, New York.

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  1. We drank iced-coffee in NYC too...tastes MUCH better than "the other stuff". That bagel looks great.

  2. NY bagels! im jealous indeed! have fun on your trip!

  3. I look forward to more of your NY posts...I am heading there for two weeks in October and have already started to put together my must eat list :)