As a self-proclaimed bagel aficionado and carboholic, I’ve tried many bagels in Chicago, searching for the most authentic New York-style bagel/deli. New York Bagel & Bialy on Chicago’s north side is the best of the best. Low prices, fast service and fresh, boiled bagels are among the many reasons this gem is packed with locals and bagel lovers every weekend morning. To help convince you, here are my top 5 reasons why you should put it on your must-try list!
When compared to New York, a couple things come to mind: we’ve produced a slew of great musicians and The Bulls are wiping the floor with the Knicks. But if there’s one field where we’re still undeniably behind, it’s bagels. But that’s not to say the city has nothing to offer – in fact, there’s a number of places making top quality bagels. Give these bagels a chance, and maybe someday we can have the NYC vs. Chicago debate on bagels as often as we do now about pizza.