Flatiron Lunch: Two Bagels w/ Whitefish Salad Below 23rd Street
Every Friday we go south of the ML boundaries in search of a delicious lunch. Sometimes it’s Murray Hill south or the Flatiron District, sometimes Gramercy and everything in between- but we just like to call it Flatiron Lunch.
There are too many bagel places in the Flatiron area to continue to ignore them. Granted, not all bagels are created equal, and I still can’t wrap my head around how we lost H&H bagels. Instead of trying to write up each bagel spot, I, completely selfishly, decided to try the whitefish salad on bagel as my benchmark. If there isn’t a complete mutiny, this won’t be the last bagel post.
Starting below 23rd Street, I went first to the highly recommended Murray’s Bagels. Before I really thought through the best way to compare the different shops, I ordered a whole wheat everything bagel with whitefish salad ($7.25). Next time. They did not skimp on the salad.
I was immediately impressed by the huge pieces of whole whitefish in the salad. The only problem with the rough chop was they missed a few small bones. The mayo was minimal allowing the whitefish to really shine, and the bagel could not have been better.
Murray’s Bagels, 242 8th Avenue btwn 22nd and 23rd Streets, (646) 638-1335 Menu
Gramercy Bagels immediately struck me as trying to please everyone with paninis, salads, etc instead of focusing on being a bagel shop. (I probably should have known since the name has “and deli”. It was also clear I was the first person to order the whitefish salad ($6.95) the top layer of mayo had yellowed from sitting overnight.
Despite the slightly unappetizing (ha!) look, the whitefish salad was surprisingly good. The smoke flavor was great, but the bagel was too stiff without the right chewiness.
Gramercy Bagel, 246 3rd Avenue btwn 20th and 21st Streets, (212) 388-0080 Menu