Upon moving to Astoria, this joint was one we did not immediately jump for. Not because it had a bad rep or anything like that, but because we just really didn’t know much about it. Let me disclaimer by saying, I’ve never actually stepped foot into Lots O Bagels, but it has become my go-to for Seamless bagel deliveries on the weekend, or if I’m home from work. When I finally decided to try it out one day, I was extremely surprised; I had finally managed to find a decent bagel spot that delivers off of Seamless. Bring on the confetti and dancing munchkins!
Bagels: I always always always ALWAYS order an egg bagel from here – whether it’s an egg sandwich or with cream cheese, their egg bagels are my FAVORITE. Crispy bottoms make up for the soft tops. I’m a sucker for crispy bottoms. Now, cue the Taps…I will say, sometimes this place can be hit or a miss. After a long stretch of having an amazing, tender, crispy-outside-chewy-inside bagel delivered to my door, somewhere along the line the bagels started getting lackluster. All around soft and squishy. However, knowing how they’ve been before, I refuse to give up, and I’m glad I didn’t! Lately, they’ve been on their game again.
On this particular occasion, I wanted an egg-and-cheese, which I’ve realized I’ve never reviewed! Their two eggs and cheese option can sometimes lack and seem more like a one egg and cheese… But that aside, their egg sandwiches are on point, complete with the perfect amount of salt, pepper, and ketchup. My boyfriend went for his poppyseed and cream cheese. For both bagels, they had their firm bottom and predictably soft top. Yes, I would prefer all around tender, but beggars can’t be choosers in zero degree weather.
Cream cheese: I’ve tried a few of their options, and while I enjoy their bagels for the most part, the cream cheese I tend to add on my own from home. The first time ordering from here, I had the vegetable cream cheese, which I wasn’t a huge fan of. The veggies are cut into thick cubes, leaving a big crunch in your bite. Additionally, the cream cheese has an odd undertaste at times. Tannis root, maybe? Let’s hope not. I’ve also splurged and gone for the garlic and herb cream cheese. If you’re related to Dracula, steer clear… Their plain cream cheese tends to be the safest option that I’ve encountered.
Pastries: They offer a range of typical bagel-spot sweets: danishes, muffins, you name it. My boyfriend likes to occasionally add on the apple turnover, which nuked in the microwave adds a nice sweet end to a yummy breakfast!
Noteworthy: For those of you that enjoy the simple things in life, they also offer fresh squeezed orange juice! Their menu also delivers deli sandwiches, Boars Head meats, paninis, and even cheeseburgers!
Lots O Bagels, thank you for being there in times of need when it is too cold to go out, and you always deliver in a timely manner with nothing ever forgotten, and coffee wrapped ever-so-safely. You are ashley’s bagel blog approved, and officially an Astoria favorite. Keep it real. ❤
I am ashamed to say that I was unaware of H&H Bagels for a long time. For those of you also unaware of the history of this establishment, H&H was THE bagel establishment back in the day, selling bagels worldwide and producing 80,000 bagels per day. The original location, owned by Helman Toro and brother in-law, Hector Hernandez, was located on the Upper West Side. Unfortunately, H&H eventually filed for bankruptcy, and their UWS and Hells Kitchen location were closed in 2012. The remaining location on 2nd Ave in UES remains open, but under different owners. The great thing? This place is 24hrs! We stopped in after work on a Friday, greeted with happy smiles even at 6:30pm.
Bagels: I decided on poppyseed. Overall, decent quality. Unfortunately, they took the initiative to toast my bagel without my consent, resulting in a cold toasted bagel that slightly hardened with an aftertaste by the time I got home all the way to Astoria. However, I couldn’t complain too much. It was still edible. My boyfriend decided on a toasted everything bagel – this is where the confusion must have come from. Can’t we ask? We’re two different people with two different tastes!
Cream cheese: This is where they shine in my opinion. I got my lite vegetable cream cheese, and it was exquisite! Perfectly sized minced veggies so it doesn’t taste like you’re eating a garden on a bagel, but still bursting with flavor! Stephen got the lox cream cheese, which mid-chew he paused and said, “I can’t find anything wrong with this.” After a taste myself, I had to agree. Some people might prefer the cream cheese separate with the salmon placed on top, like a sandwich. We much prefer the opposite – chunks mixed in with the cream cheese, along with capers, allowing the flavors to absorb into the spread, and not as if you are eating a salmon sandwich.
Pastries: While I did not try any of their sweets, they do offer a range of muffins, as well as black and white cookies (mmm), tarts, DONUTS, a variety of cookies, etc.
Noteworthy: H&H also offers deli sandwiches, as well as salads (tuna, chicken, macaroni, etc.) And… THEY CATER – minimum party being 10 people, perfect for an office meeting or if your family is coming to town and you want to wow them with a traditional NYC bagel. You can even get a box of coffee that is not from your local Dunkin Donuts, which would be adorned by rolls, not bagels. 😉
Overall, H&H is ashleysbagelblog approved. How could it not with its profound history? We salute you, brothers!
Oh, and be sure to grab a t-shirt on your way out. Support your local business!
Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee Company have three locations: two in Astoria, and one in Chelsea. This review is based on the Astoria 30th Ave location. This place is always bumping – I have yet to come in one morning where the line isn’t to the door. Always a good sign, right? 😉
Bagels: So one thing Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee pride themselves on is water boiling their bagels. Can we all say, “YASSS”? As one can tell by the pictures, their bagels have that nice crispy shell on the outside, while the insides are soft. Their bagels are also pretty huge – big and thick, as a good NY bagel should be. I ordered an egg bagel, and the man behind the counter asked if this small bagel was okay. I couldn’t help but laugh, considering even their “small” bagels are on the average bagel shop size. Honestly, the pictures don’t do justice for how fat their bagels are. I can only finish half every time! My boyfriend got a poppyseed bagel, to which he notes that their bagels have the most poppies compared to other shops we go to, which for him is a plus. The poppies cover the whole bagel, not just the top!
As for their cream cheese, their spreads can get on the chunky side. However, it is not the worst, and I sometimes ask them not to take from the top where the chunks are thrown on (which I know makes me look insane and picky). I just can’t understand why places garnish the tops of their spreads so heavily (e.g. veggie, scallion, etc.). One last note: this place is where to go if you’re into those fancy, obscure spreads; I noticed today they have spicy chipotle?!
Beverages: Today I got my standard snapple. A lot of people love their coffee (hence the name), but I will not pretend I am some big coffee connoisseur and talk about different roasts. I will note, my boyfriend can be picky with his coffee (not TOO much cream or feel wrath), and this place manages to get the proportions perfectly. Another plus, they have FRESH SQUEEZED ORANGE JUICE!
Sweets: I went for the chocolate chip muffin, and I am glad I did! I love a place that makes a muffin in which the toppings are not just on the top of the muffin, but are also baked into the stump. Their muffins also have that nice crispy shell on top, while the insides are soft and in this case, gooey. Mmm mufffiiinnn.
Some other important notes: Theydeliver, though there is a minimum, AND they cater! They also offer a ton of other items, such as fresh made omelettes, soups, sandwiches, pasta salad, etc. Additionally, they have late hours, staying open ’til 6:30 (hours vary by location). This place definitely makes the favorite! list – there’s no skimping here. 🙂
1941 Middle Country Rd
Centereach, NY 11720
So for my first post, I’ve decided to backtrack to a favorite spot from my hometown: Poppy Seeds Bagels. When I say favorite, I don’t just mean mine (I’m not going to lie in my first post, there are far better spots out there that I will get to), but in the hamlet of Centereach, this is definitely a favorite amongst locals.
First and foremost, this place is CASH ONLY, which in today’s society can be an inconvenience at times.
Bagels: These are NOT water boiled, and the bagels have that yellow cornmeal on the bottom of it. They are squishy, which sucks entirely if they aren’t toasted. That being said, whenever I would frequent this spot, I would always get my bagel toasted. For some reason… these bagels are REALLY GOOD when toasted with cream cheese. Not that Thomas’ or Dunkin Donuts toasted bagel crap; I mean yummy, warm and crispy toasted bagels with the cream cheese oozing out the sides, tempting one to lick their fingers clean.
Oh, and for those that enjoy vegetable cream cheese (it’s my go-to if done right), their vegetable cream cheese is perfection. I loathe when places do not have finely chopped veggies in their spread, leaving you to ask, “Can I have some cream cheese with my vegetables?” If I wanted a salad, I’d order one! That’s not the case with this place. Their cream cheese is on point!
Beverages: I would always get their iced tea. Oh my GOD their sweetened iced tea is the most refreshing. While Poppy Seeds may have a thumbs down for not water boiling their bagels, they get “two enthusiastic thumbs up” for their iced tea. I have yet to find as good sweetened iced tea since moving away from Centereach. Le sigh.
Breakfast sandwiches: When I didn’t get a bagel from here, I would get the other NY classic: an egg and cheese! Their egg and cheese on a roll (bacon, egg and cheese for the bacon lovers out there) are to die for. Their kaiser rolls are delicious and firm – never soggy which is always a disappointment at other delis. There’s a reason why there are lines almost to the door waiting for their hot delicacies.