New York Bagel Cafe
New York Bagel Cafe is one of those once in a while treats, a splurge for the breakfast/brunch crowd. Nowhere beats their selection of eggs benedict dishes, nor does anybody have the affinity to pair their eggs benedict with the likes of prosciutto and asparagus, smoked goose and apple, foie gras and truffles, and other decadent combinations. Although most of the time I’m in the mood for a simple breakfast, there are times when I crave the complexity of New York Bagel Cafe’s menu and have the time to wait for a table.
This was my 4th visit to the quaint place on Gateway Boulevard. Joe and I came as breakfast and brunch go-ers were leaving, arriving at around 1pm. What I love about this is place is how cozy it feels inside. Little knickknacks here and there, unique artwork around the walls. Even the condiments are nifty, placed in the center of each table: white chocolate spreads, fig jam, different varieties of mustards, even a wasabi paste (?!) to accompany your meal.
Their house coffee is serve as a strong European brewed blend, served in a tall beer stein with a cute steamer of milk on the side.
My go-to order is always the prosciutto and grilled apple but this time around, I decided to jump ship and try the smoked goose. Just as delicious! You can choose your bagel type. I’d recommend the cheese bagel for those who are not scared of a saltier meal, but otherwise stick to the white or whole grain to tone down the sodium. The potatoes are nice and crispy on the outside, well seasoned, and makes the dish a hearty meal (or two for me!). As a side, they always give you a variety of fruits, including exotic fares you wouldn’t normally see at your average brunch. Yummy!
Joe ordered a special for the weekend, something I completely missed. He finished his entire dish though, so I take it he was happy with his choice.
With a bill of $40+ (for brunch people!), it can get pretty pricey. If you dare, you can try their $95 eggs benedict, complete with James Bond’s favorite: Malosol Beluga caviar. Like I said, definitely a once in a while treat. Service is usually slower (has been on all 4 visits now), and the wait is long if you come right at the breakfast/brunch rush but it’s worth the wait!New York Bagel Cafe
8430 Gateway Boulevard