Bagels on the Ave: Astoria, Queens

3315 30th Ave
Astoria,NY 11103
(718) 885-4154
bagelsontheaveny.com

Bagels on the Ave was one of the first bagel spots we checked out upon moving to Astoria. I remember thinking, “YES, ALL of the bagels will be delicious! We’re in the city, and there can’t possibly be any disappointments!” Well, I kind of regret that statement (SORRY NYC!), as my favorite bagel joints tend to be the hole-in-the-wall spots of Long Island. I really did like this spot in the beginning, but as we would continue to order from here, I just kept getting more bummed out about them. I would root for it, as it was so close, but even my less-picky boyfriend didn’t want to continue ordering from here anymore.

Anywho, here is my low-down on this spot:

Bagels: Honestly, they taste a bit stale. I used to argue it as a good thing: OH, they’re slightly crispy/hard on the outside, and somewhat softer on the inside! But, no. They just taste slightly stale. At least they’re not doughy?

Cream cheese: On the bright side, their cream cheese is actually pretty good. On this particular occasion, I decided to try something outside of my typical veggie cream cheese: bacon and scallion! Sounds gourmet, right?  While nothing with bacon can be truly bad, upon opening my bagel, this particular cream cheese was a bit lackluster. Where are the scallions???

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Egg bagel w/bacon & scallion cream cheese

Pastries:  We decided to split a blueberry muffin. From the outside, the muffin looked pretty legit. The top looked like a crumb cake adorned with blueberries, and we were excited to split it open, toast it, and butter it up. Well…

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YES!
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Oh…

Clearly, the muffin left something to be desire. Sigh.

Overall, Bagels on the Ave is not the WORST bagel joint in the Astoria area. However, there are better options out there nearby (unfortunately, usually with lines to the door. I’m looking at you Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee co.). If there’s no other options at the time, I would swing by this place. Just don’t have super high expectations. But personally, I would give this a NOT!

 

 

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JeJoJo Bagels: Centereach, NY (Long Island)

Centereach Mall, 207 Centereach Mall
Centereach, NY 11720
(631) 585-6178

Another staple from my hometown – JeJoJo’s. This bagel shop is one I would go to often during high school. My friends and I would hang out here until close after school, which I now realize was extremely nice of them. Unfortunately, their bagel quality seems to flip flop.

Bagels: I’m not sure if they are water boiled. I remember their quality being decent in high school, and then a few years later, they were extremely doughy. Overall, the bagels here seem to flip flop, which for myself turns me away. I’ve had them toasted, but they don’t compare to Poppy Seeds‘ toasted bagels. As for the cream cheese, I remember it being sub par.

Pastries: During the long after school session, I would often get a brownie for a dessert. If they are the same quality as I remember, their brownie with chocolate frosting was delicious! It is somewhat rich, for those that don’t like super sweet treats, but it was also moist, which I prefer.

Beverages: I never had their own brewed stuff, but they do have your standard snapple/juice/nestle quick stuff.

All in all, this place isn’t on my radar of a go-to bagel shop for a satisfying NY bagel. Some locals love it, but I would take Poppy Seeds over JeJoJo’s if I had to choose between them, as both are within the same radius in this area. However, next time I am in town, I will give an update.