Grievous assimilation on the streets of New York

28 Oct
October 28, 2015

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“Plain bagel, heavy on the mayonnaise.  And Brad, could you trim away the crust on it?  Thanks.”

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  1. KL Thorson says:

    A fancy foodie asked me recently, because it’s Thanksgiving time, what my favorite American dish/food was.

    “I like a good bagel” I replied.

    And by good I mean warm, sturdy, with a golden crust and still light in the hand. Ready to be ripped apart, dipped in olive oil or hand sliced and slathered with cream cheese. Plain is best. Like good vanilla ice cream.

    I know the recipe came from Europe, and am thankful, grateful. But maybe the recipe and the art of the bagel that we now know and many think they know, was perfected in New York. Kossar’s was a favorite, where I used to watch the baking process, on the Lower East Side. Goldberg’s now has a pitch in Montauk and the fresh batch, for late sleepers, rolls out precisely at 11:00AM. They also do minis.

    I was christened a Presbyterian so I smile at above. My buds at college assumed I was one of the Tribe. And that was perfecto. We enjoyed, but did not have good bagels in Philadelphia. Just cream cheese. But we had Cheesesteaks and that’s a different discussion. But very worthy. And very American.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  2. Jeremy Hope says:

    Just reading The Corner last night about all the old Jewish establishments in West Baltimore, what a shame. No assimilation there.

    Never know, assimilation could be a nod? If they had a Reuben, I would try it. On a lifelong quest for the best Reuben.

    Glad to hear the silence is due to diligent work elsewhere. “Hero” a success, a heartbreaker and the best “TV” out there, Bravo!

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  3. David Keith Johnson says:

    “You have been elected and pre-destined to enjoy our food. Or you have not.”

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  4. Lakshman says:

    I have to say…ever since you joined Twitter…the posts have been getting shorter.

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  5. Yojimbo says:

    “You want a side of mac ‘n’ cheese with those tater tots?”

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  6. Chuck says:

    There’s ethnic abominations like this everywhere in “Murica. What are you come kinda purist?

    Here’s a few more from the Italian perspective:

    http://giovannipastrami.com/
    http://www.auntiepastos.net/

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  7. gimmyCliff says:

    leaves me speechless

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  8. Mark Gately says:

    A wonderful abomination!

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  9. Amy Goodwin says:

    Try the Episcopalian Deli down the street as well. They serve real wine!

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