New York: NY Bagels in Rockefeller Center

Since Rockefeller Center was so famous, I made it a point to visit the place one morning. Actually, there were hardly anything to see or do. It’s just a massive complex of buildings. As a matter of fact, it is considered as the largest privately held building complex in the world.

I can’t recall any more what the name of this church … maybe it’s St Patrick’s. It’s supposed to be one of the biggest in NYC. Since I was there early … at 8AM, it was still closed.

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I had a view of 5th Ave. It was not really my cup of tea … I don’t care for all the fancy expensive fashion outlets. 5th Ave is perhaps the most expensive real estate in New York.

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I have heard of Radio City. I think it is the headquarters of NBC. Nothing happening here too early in the morning.

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If there is only one thing I wanted to see, I wanted to visit the sunken plaza in the Rockefeller Center and see Prometheus, the Greek mythology Titan who stole fire from Zeus and gave it to mankind. But the sunken plaza was closed for the day. They had taken over the place and put in a curling rink with broadcast equipments.

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After a while I walk around the area of the Rockefeller complex and came across a row of delis. It was exactly what I was looking for … a place for breakfast where the locals eat, not some tourist shops. I chose one that is not particularly fancy but one that is busy, warm and cozy.

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Getting the New York Style Bagel is high on my list of must-try food.

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I choose the very traditional Jewish bread roll with lox (smoked salmon) and cream cheese. The plain bagel was really chewy, so chewy it’s actually tiring on the jaw. The bagel was toasted and warm while the smoked salmon was cold. It was great. Together with a coffee, this costs $7.04.

Anyone know where I could get something like this in Vancouver?

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I am behind one day in posting my series. Been kind of busy at work these days and am not having enough time in the day to do my own stuff. I’ll try to catch up during the weekend, so, instead of seeing one post per day, you’ll probably see three. I am an OC … so just gotta keep to the plan to post once a day!

Coming up next is the most emotional part of my visit. To me. it is about the place that defines the character of New Yorkers and what makes them special. It’s the place why New York is such a great city and why I came away from this trip having the greatest respect for the people here. The place is the former site of the World Trade Center, the site where they call it Ground Zero … and the place where the Freedom Tower will stand.

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  1. In downtown. There is this small shop at the basement of Bechtell center (there’s 5 towers, choose the one that has BMO on the outside). The shop sells different types of bagels and u can choose diff flavors of cream cheese / lox to go with it.
    The only thing is, bagel too small for me!

  2. There’s a jewish bakery called Solly’s Bagels. It has several locations. Website is: http://www.sollysbagels.com/

    On another note, I don’t know if I could make either of those dates as I’ve used up my whiny “puhleeeease?” plea with my boss for a while…I really annoyed him in to getting Christmas Eve off! So, I don’t want to ask for another day for a while!

  3. Siegel’s Bagels in Kits. It’s on Cornwall, close to Burrard, in the little strip mall with White Spot’s. The BEST bagel anywhere in Vancouver. Try the Montreal smoked meat. yummm….

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