Wednesday, September 9, 2009


According to Jason O., Ess-a-Bagel makes a pretty good everything bagel sandwich with whitefish, tomato, and onion. I like bagels, although I don't eat them much these days. I grew up eating them all the time - some of my most vivid memories are of toasting supermarket onion bagels and topping them with cream cheese and strips of bacon. When I got my driver's license, I'd make frequent trips to Goldstein's Bagel Bakery (home of the first drive-through bagel bakery in the U.S.) where I once had the luck to get one of their cranberry bagels right out of the boiler/oven; I had never tasted a softer or more chewier bagel.

One day, I was done early from clinic at HJD. It was only 11:30 am and I was free for the rest of the day. It seemed like the perfect time to try this everything bagel sandwich, especially since I was not scheduled to meet with any more patients. Successful patient-doctor interactions require a sweet breath. Thus, everything bagels are, by definition, bad for patient-doctor interactions, and the addition of both whitefish and onion is positively lethal. I figured I'd never have this chance again.

Ordering the sandwich itself was pretty annoying. I am not sure what part of "I'd like an everything bagel with whitefish, tomato, and onion" that he didn't understand, but the counter guy, who was joking around incessantly with the counter girl, asked me what I wanted with my onion bagel, then asked if I wanted butter with my everything bagel, and then forgot to give me tomato and onion.

Anyway, once I got the sandwich and self-applied the tomato and onion, I thought the end result was pretty enticing.

I have to say I agree with Jason; the sandwich is pretty good. Very tasty. Very filling. Maybe slightly taxing on the temporomandibular joints, but worth the effort.

359 1st Avenue
New York, NY 10010


(( SKY )) said...

How much does a bagel cost around?

Joshua said...

which one did you go to?
my junior high school was down the block from the 21st street location. that place rules.
I would ask they guy "what's hot" and make my bagel selection based on what had just come out of the oven. I recommend this approach highly.

Mabel said...

I went to the one on 21st St. I never thought to ask what just came out of the oven - thanks for the tip! I'll give it a try next time!