Bagel Hole – Bagels worth even the longest journey

New York City has a long tradition of making delicious bagels, often claiming them to be the best bagels in the world.  The theory is that the often joked about NYC water is actually what gives the New York bagel such a distinct advantage over its competition.  People even go so far as to import New York water in order to create that unique taste and texture within bread products.  Whether it be the iron from the water supply or the many years of practicing and refining a tried and true method of bagel making, the New York City is the place to go for that round doughy baked bit of deliciousness.  Yet it seems that the storied bagel shops all seem to come from Manhattan… what about the other boroughs?  Does the center island really make better bagels than everyone else?  Deep in the heart of Prospect Heights lies a little bagel den that has been giving the Manhattan staples a run for their money.

The Bagel Hole could be named for the hole in the bagels that they sell or just describing the appearance of this Brooklyn establishment.  It stands just about 20-30 feet deep with the ability to almost touch both side walls with both hands, but don’t let this modest size detract you from the main product as this tiny shop might produce the best bagel in all of New York.  Open since 1985, this gem is everything you would want from a hole in the wall bagel place.  While a best kept secret by locals, the word of these amazing bagels has started to spread and is a must visit for anyone looking for bagel nirvana.

Like most famous New York bagel joints, you won’t find a toaster anywhere in the vicinity so don’t expect a toasted bagel.  Whether this is done to speed up the bagel creation process or some idealistic traditional bagel experience, it’s what you should come to expect when eating a premier bagel.  The Bagel Hole bagel is smaller than how most New York bagels are traditionally built, but what it lacks in diameter it more than makes up for in thickness.  The bagel here resembles a tire in the way that it is constructed making it slightly difficult to eat but so very worth the effort.  When taking a bite, the bagel has a perfect baked crunch to the outside and a expected doughy consistancy on the inside.  The everything bagel was bursting with flavor which bordered on overpowering but was everything that I had hoped for.  One of these bagels will seem like enough, but I dare you try and just eat one.

New Yorker Tip: A few blocks away is the entrance to Prospect Park, so grab a bagel or two and head into the park for a little impromptu bagel picnic.