Times Square Hot Bagels Bacon Cheddar Cream Cheese Fail
Ever since the Lenny’s toasting surcharge debacle, I’ve been following fellow Midtown Luncher giants’ tip and getting my bagels with cream cheese from Times Square Hot Bagels. They make pretty solid bagels and I appreciate their lack of surcharge drama–they don’t even charge you extra for egg whites!–and their variety of cream cheeses. The other day I decided to deviate from my standard order to try the bacon & cheddar cream cheese. I love bacon. I love cheddar. I love cream cheese. How could that triple threat not make for a big time win?
As promising as this combo sounded, the cream cheese itself was almost entirely lacking in flavor. No smokey bacon overtones. The “bacon” itself was tiny pieces of what on further inspection appeared to be rehydrated Bac~Os. And despite the presence of orange “cheese bits” the cream cheese didn’t have any sharp cheddar bite.
I do believe that bacon and cheddar cream cheese has the possibility of being a delicious reason to get up in the morning (or indulge in a lunchtime bagel), but trust me, Times Square Hot Bagels is not the place for you to test this hypothesis. The $3.15 you’d pay for a bagel with bacon and cheddar cream cheese here could instead buy you a bagel with any of a number of their specialty spreads–olive and pimento, lox spread, and vegetable to name a few. So as tempting as bacon cheddar cream cheese might sound, go for one of the other flavors instead.
Times Square Hot Bagels, 200 W 44th St (btw. 7+8th), 212-997-7300