When I think of romance in New York City I picture a fresh everything bagel stuffed with jalapeñ0 cream cheese, smoked salmon, tomato, red onion and capers. Is there a better way to start a Monday morning? Yes! Add a smoking hot drip coffee.
That’s why I’m producing a new TV show. It’s called Bagels and the City – not so original, but really educational content. The elevator pitch: Every Monday girl goes to a different bagel shop around the city. She eats. She waits. When the shop closes and the wait staff put leftover bagels in a bag the girl bravely steals said bag. She passes out free bagels to people on New York City streets and goes to a dance party. She does it again next Monday.
First episode will be at Murray’s Bagels in Chelsea. The mother of all New York City bagel shops.
I’ve always known about Murray’s – everyone does – but I had never been. I’m not often in Chelsea and since there are delis on every corner of the city making the trek seemed unnecessary. But I was moving my sister into her NYC apartment and a trip to Bed Bath and Beyond was needed. They are so close to each other!
The thing about Murray’s is that it’s cool without wanting to be. The rustic details inside are minimal but plentiful. Bagels are hand rolled and made fresh every morning. They are so fresh in fact that they don’t toast their bagels. Even if you ask nicely.
Murray’s offers an array of bagels and cream cheeses. Sometimes a plain creme cheese is all you need, but most of the it’s better to try the adventurous flavours. You’ll find everything from scallion cream cheese to sun dried tomato and garlic to strawberry. Jalapeño cream cheese will always be #1 in my heart. Also, their drip coffee is strong and a delicious friend to your bagel.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait until the first episode of Bagels and The City. I’m thinking of casting Jennifer Lawrence and maybe myself as her clumsy but funny and clever sidekick.
500 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10011, United States