From Our Editors
Some see traditional bagel making as a dwindling art, but the bakers at Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee Company remain dedicated to their craft. While most of their neighbors are fast asleep, the staff is hard at work in the shops' kitchens mixing bagel dough from unbleached, unbromated flour. They hand-roll their bagels before tossing them in a boiling kettle of water, then bake them to a golden finish. This effort pays off: Eat This New York noted the "yeasty, malty smells" upon walking inside, then praised the bagels as "crunchy and warm" with "soft and chewy" insides. The shops offer plenty of variety, from 100% organic spelt-flour bagels to more than a dozen cream cheese spreads in such tantalizing flavors as diavolo chipotle, bacon scallion, and strawberry. For those philosophically opposed to eating anything in circular form, they also concoct breakfast specialties such as challah French toast and organic steel-cut oatmeal. The staff pours steaming cups of coffee , tea, and espresso, as well as cold-brews iced coffee and squeezes each glass of orange juice to order. For lunch, diners can chow down on Boar's Head deli sandwiches, build-your-own salads, and gluten-free wraps.