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Why do people love Tompkins Square Bagels?

Tompkins Square Bagels
Tompkins Square Bagels
165 Avenue A (between 10th and 11th St)
New York, NY 10009

My go-to bagel spot is Ess-A-Bagel on 1st Ave and 21st street. And one really only needs one bagel spot in their life. This is why I had yet to venture to Tompkins Square Bagels, even though many East Villagers have told me about how great it is. Seemed like TSB is a lot of people’s bagel spot. One weekend, I decided to cheat on Ess-A-Bagel (yikes) to see if TSB was really all that.

Tompkins Square Bagels
It is a cute open spot on Ave A, with plenty of seating in the back.

Tompkins Square Bagels
The bagels are made in-house everyday. There are a ton of sandwich combinations on the board for you to pick from. Ess-A is a little more no-frills  (no “Jessie Jane Roast Beef” type of sandwiches at Ess-A, you just tell them what you want in your sandwich and they make it for you).

Tompkins Square Bagels
LAW and I shared the cream cheese and lox ($8.00). Really nothing special. The lox was very mild, and almost not salty enough for the cream cheese and sesame bagel. This needed at least some capers or something to get rid of the blandness.

Tompkins Square Bagels
LAW and I also shared the BLT, which was better than the lox but still was lacking. The saltiness from the bacon helped add flavor to the overall blandness of the bagel. Iceburg lettuce was fresh and gave the sandwich a nice crunch. I think it needed more mayo, because the whole thing was just so dry.

Tompkins Square Bagels
My favorite, if I had to pick one, is this scallion cream cheese with cucumbers and tomatoes on an everything bagel. The cream cheese is NECESSARY because the bagel is just so damn dry. The salt crystals on the everything bagel is also necessary because the bagel is so damn bland. Tomatoes and cucumbers were average. Nothing to write home about.

Tompkins Square BagelsClose up of the bagel. Looks lame, yeah? Am I missing something?

Ess-A-Bagel: Everything Bagel Sandwich

Ess-A-Bagel
359 1st Ave
(between 20th St & 21st St)
New York, NY 10010

 

Everything Bagel with herb cream cheese, crunchy lettuce and tomato

 

Deeeeelicious bagel! The bagel was toasted to perfection. Crispy shell and chewy centers… Just warm enough to slightly melt the cream cheese. The Everything Bagel had a nice onion and garlic flavor with a tinge of saltiness. Boyfriend had the Nova Scotia on a Sesame Bagel which has smoked salmon, cream cheese, cucumbers, tomatoes, and lettuce. Bagel was delicious. Sesame topping made the whole thing very xiang (香). The salmon was good but was not particularly amazing. I would go to Russ and Daughters downtown if you want some really yummy fish with your bagel. Bagels at Ess-A-Bagel are much better though.