Though the usefulness of bagels as Frisbees, mailing envelopes, and energy-drink coozies is widely known, these healthy doughnuts also make a delicious canvas for artful sandwiches. Today's Groupon turns common bread-chompers into dignified bagelists with $10 worth of grub at NYC Bagel Deli for $4. Two locations on W. North Avenue and S. Wacker put ancient boiling techniques to modern use for a smorgasbord of bagel sandwiches more satisfyingly chewy than rubber reubens.
The bagel's circular anatomy makes it a fitting symbol for revolution and an able surface for the smooth textures of savory schmears. NYC Bagel Deli celebrates the individual players of New York's famous Tuesday Bagel Parade with fresh bagels prepared by hand every morning. The doughy discs come in every desirable variety on a comprehensive bagel menu filled with bagel flats ($1.25), bags of bagel chips ($3.99), and hot oatmeals with seasonal fruit that have spent copious amounts of time looking at and thinking of bagels ($3.99). The boiled dough rings incorporate all sorts of flavors such as poppy, sesame, onion, garlic, cinnamon raisin, everyseed, pumpernickel, and more that await the creamy outerwear of chive, honey walnut, jalapeno, lox, and veggie-lite cream cheeses ($1.25 per bagel).
If schmear takes bagels from 1-D to 2-D, then the multi-layers of fresh meats and cheeses bring the bagel sandwich into the cubic realm. Two-egg breakfast bagels are served all day long ($3.75) and precede a hall-of-fame roster of sandwich concoctions built on substantive bagel buns ($4.95–$8.95). Appetites steer down avenues of London port roast beef, solid white albacore tuna salad, and honey maple turkey with a classic pickle riding sidecar to complete the feast.
- This place turns out really good bagels, and if you’re into lox-and-cream-cheese sandwiches, you aren’t likely to find a better one in the city... One of these sandwiches and a cup of the eyelid-lifting house brew are our citified stand-in for a rooster wake-up call. – Time Out Chicago
- Working to bring real bagels to the Midwest, NYC Bagel Deli is the only place in Chicago whose bagels are kettle-boiled, not baked. And the results are mouthwatering (one native New Yorker said these are the only bagels in the city that she'll eat)... this one-of-a-kind shop has clung onto the traditional deli feel. Enter and you are swept into a New York reality: the service is quick but personalized, even the New York accent is detectable. – Corrie Driebusch, Centerstage
- ...in Chicago, NYC Bagel Deli reigns supreme! – Mindy S., Yelp
- ...hands down, the best lox bagel sandwich I have ever had. – Heidi H., Yelp
- Huge authentic NY bagels piled high with fresh deli meats, cheese and fixins... I've only been there once and I'm already obsessed with it - I think that's the sign of a winning business. – Becky, Metromix