Bagels aren't the only breakfast food available, but they are the only ones that double as the steering wheel of a tiny bread car. Don't do donuts with this Groupon.
$10 for $20 Worth of Breakfast or Lunch Deli Food
The menu features freshly baked bagels with housemade cream cheeses and spreads ($2.79 each), such as honey almond and olive pimento. Breakfast bagel sandwiches contain eggs, meat, and cheese ($4.39), whereas the lunch sandwiches range from the chicken pesto ($6.99) to the Pike—hot pastrami and muenster cheese on toasted rye bread ($6.89).
Ize's Deli & Bagelry
Though they sound like names for Paul Bunyan's fists, redwood and burlap are two of the key components for crafting bagels at Ize's Deli & Bagelry. When Angie and Lee Greenberg move their bagels from a broiling kettle to a stone oven, the two materials work to form a pleasantly crispy bagel exterior. Angie and Lee also prepare handmade spreads and cream cheeses to schmear their doughy creations in flavors like strawberry and scallion. This process is a family endeavor—Angie's parents assist in the kitchen to ensure that all bagels are prepared in small, fresh batches.
Guests seated in the cozy dining area reap the benefits of the Greenbergs' lunch and breakfast labors. In addition to their New York–style bagels, the owners serve up omelets, knishes, soups, and deli sandwiches stacked with savory meats. On some of the sandwiches, they swap bread for the venue's namesake: the Empire, for example, features layers of hot roast beef, cheddar, and horseradish mayonnaise on an onion bagel.
Though the staff delights in passing out meals to their countertop customers, they also arrange artful platters for catered events. The gourmet smoked-fish platter nestles lox, whitefish, and tuna salad amid lettuce and imported cheeses, and party servings of bagels and subs accommodate feasting groups.