I don't think there is anything more New York than a NY pizza slice of bagel. I don't know if it's the water, the boiling process or some magical fairy dust you receive after living in New York over 10 years but regardless I'm on board and there is nothing like it. So when I heard that there was a place called Bronx Bagels in Alpharetta, GA (right outside of Atlanta) you can say I was skeptical. Probably a mix of excitment and fear would be the best way to describe my reaction. Regardless I had to try it out since they were getting a lot of traction from local news sources.
Could it be there was a place that served bagels just as good as Kossar's Bialys? I spent the better part of my life eating at this Lower East Side classic in New York. I would walk down the street in the morning stop in to get a bagel for about a dollar and enjoy the warm doughy amazing that happens in that bite again and again and again.
I pulled up to a silver trailer and there it was Bronx Bagels in GA. I walked in and it was actually a sit-down dinner. The menu consisted of classics such as bagels (even unicorn bagels), lox and whitefish to hamburgers and even pancakes.
The waitstaff in typical New York fashion was curt and to the point. You better know what you want and if you have any requests after your order you might have to hollar at your waiter. I got an everything bagel with Whitefish salad. The whitefish was amazing just like any other whitefish I have eaten in New York.
Now the true test of the bagel. Bronx Bagels makes hand rolled kettle-boiled bagels just like the greatest and best of New York. So without the water being a factor, they should taste the same right? I actually think they were pretty close to a typical New York bagel but these bagels were doughy and sweet. NY bagels are dense, chewy, & salty. So they didn't get the formula exactly right. Overall they were pretty good bagels though. Perfect for if you are in a fix but if you want the real thing nothing will replace a true New York bagel.