Hot Jumbo Bagels Makes A Terrific Bagel & Lox Sandwich
I realized when I was writing the breakfast for lunch post that we haven’t mentioned longtime east side resident Hot Jumbo Bagels, a favorite of mine from when I once upon a time lived on east 56th street. Although 2nd avenue is out of bounds, it is worth the walk, especially with the weather the way it is these days.
The reason I left it off the breakfast past, but am writing about it now, is that my favorite order errs on the side of lunch: a lightly baked everything bagel with scallion cream cheese and lox ($8).
If you’re lucky, your bagel will still be warm, because they’ve just brought out a fresh batch from the back. (You can even inquire about what’s freshest — it’s worth it!) Whether at Jumbo or elsewhere, I always ask for lightly baked everything bagels to ensure they are perfectly squishy. A shmear of scallion cream cheese on both halves adds an oniony bite. The picture above demonstrates how generous they are with the amount of lox in the sandwich.
Overall, I prefer Hot Jumbo Bagels over nearby popular bagel mecca Ess-a-Bagel. The lines are shorter, yet the bagels are just as good, if not better. Ess-a-Bagel does offer more options both on the bagel front, in terms of shmears and other options. But what Jumbo does, they do really well, and it’s absolutely worth the walk east.
Hot Jumbo Bagels, 1070 2nd Ave (btw 56+57th)