A few weeks ago, we gave you a first look at Zucker’s Bagels and Smoked Fish on Lex btw. 40+41st. At the end of the post Brian mentioned that the owner seemed pretty confident about his pastrami, and a few days ago Lunch’er DDR wrote in to let us know that it is as good as advertised: “I just had their pastrami sandwich on an everything bagel today and it was outstanding. Not the typical pre-made block of meat that many delis unwrap from plastic and slice onto bread. This was fresh, warm, moist, juicy and flavorful, approaching 2nd Avenue Deli’s pastrami (which I guess is the best of a weak lot in Midtown). Not all that peppery, but very high quality pastrami, just the same. For $9.95, you get a solid amount of pastrami and you shouldn’t leave hungry. This sandwich is a hidden gem right now. I don’t want to blow it up but I also feel bad because these guys had only a slow trickle of business during the lunch hour today, although the pastrami alone is worth repeat visits.” That’s good to know. Now let’s make sure this place doesn’t go the way of Times Square Hot Bagels.
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There is good news for those still in mourning over the loss of Vic’s and Times Square Bagels. Zucker’s Bagels opened last week just outside Grand Central. This is the new location of a Tribeca favorite and it’s owned by the bagel royalty behind Leo’s and Murray’s.
Ess-a-Bagel is about to get a run for their money. According to Eater, Zucker’s Bagels & Smoked Fish will be opening a new location on Lexington and 42nd Street. Their downtown location on Chambers Street is a favorite neighborhood spot and I can vouch for their hand-rolled baked on premises bagels. They’re mighty good and come from the same owner as Murray’s. No word on when they’ll be opening yet, but they will be serving their sandwiches along with La Colombe coffee.