Top Of The Toppings

Only a sociopath would smear scallion cream cheese on a cinnamon raisin bagel.
With this truism in mind, it is time to explore the perfect pairings for bagels. From cream cheese to butter to something else entirely, every bagel has a preferred flavor mate.

Plain Bagel

Pure texture and chew factor, the plain bagel is the gold standard of bagel stores. For this reason, a simple schmear of plain cream cheese or butter is the best way to go.

Sesame Bagel

The nutty crunch of sesame seeds marries particularly well with the sweet smoothness of strawberry cream cheese. Scallion cream cheese also adds character to sesame bagels.

Poppy Seed Bagel

The seeds that seem to pop in your mouth complement a bagel with “the works,” lox, capers, onion and plain cream cheese. On the sweet side, the combination of strawberry jelly and plain cream cheese fits finely with the mild earthiness of the seeds.

Egg Bagel

For anyone who thinks a plain bagel is too plain, the egg bagel comes in with its yellow hue and an extra richness that is only elevated when it is cut with the garden bouquet of veggie cream cheese.

Salt Bagel

The oft-forgotten bagel is reminiscent of a chewy pretzel, with a sharp-saltiness that adds zing to any topping—but go the extreme route and add a smoky whitefish salad spread for an oceanic spray.

Cinnamon Raisin Bagel

There are few more satisfying bites than a toasted cinnamon raisin bagel with butter that sits in that perfect temperature between solid and melted. Kick up the sweetness with walnut raisin cream cheese spread.

Everything Bagel

The good thing about everything bagels is that they literally taste great with everything. The loaded bagel adds bite to plain cream cheese or butter, but it is also sturdy enough to stand up to strong schmears like whitefish or lox spread. But perhaps the greatest addition to the everything is the classic breakfast combo of bacon, egg and cheese.

Want It In Print?

We now offer matted and framed copies of articles upon request.

Steve Mosco
Steve Mosco, the former editor-in-chief at Anton Media Group, is a columnist for Long Island Weekly's food and sports sections. He fancies himself a tastemaker, food influencer and king of all eaters.

Leave a Reply




‘Take Five’ Campaign Launched For Mental Health During COVID-19 Outbreak

The Take Five of the title refers to taking five minutes out of your day to call on a loved one.

American Idol’s Bobby Bones Talks About Exciting New Projects

When Nashville was ravaged by tornadoes last month, nationally-syndicated radio talk show host and American Idol mentor Bobby Bones stepped up to the plate...

Column: Why The Sunnyside Yards Queens LIRR Station May Not Open Until 2030

The NYC Economic Development Corporation’s release of a master plan for their own proposed Sunnyside Yard project continues to leave a major unresolved issue. How...

NICE Bus To Begin Temporary Service Reduction

Fare collection remains suspended until further notice.

Thought Gallery: Three Virtual Events To Keep You Busy

Consider these recommendations for upcoming talks, readings and more in and around New York City: Alan Yang in Conversation with Entertainment Weekly’s Clarissa CruzFriday, April...

Get Updates Via Email

Enter your email to be updated with all the latest news and special announcements.