I was in Tal Bagels (86th & 3rd) yesterday morning waiting in a long line to pick up some bagels to bring to friends in Westchester. My sister went to grab two little pints of orange juice from the cooler, no doubt at $5.75 each. I said, "why don't we just pick up the orange juice in Ardsley. We can get more for cheaper. And why don't we just buy the bagels up there, so we don't have to wait in this line."
"But these bagels are soooo much better," she said.
"Ahh, nice to see you've become the UES snob you detest. You grew up on Ardsley bagels. And if you want good bagels, why don't we go down the street to H&H."
"These are much better than H&H," she said. "They're lighter, and not so chewy."
"That's a roll," I said, "not a bagel. And what the hell is a 'flat bagel.' I'm sure they didn't have those in the shtetl."
"What's a shtetl?" my goyisha sister asked.
Then the guy standing in front of us chimed in, "Tal is much better. H&H are for people who like heavy bricks."
I was going to pull Marshall McLuhan out of my pocket, but I just sighed, "ooh, you East Side Jews. Shouldn't you be sitting in front of the tree opening your Christmas presents this morning?"
Then I proceeded to order a cinnamon raisin bagel with strawberry cream cheese, and we all had a hearty ho ho ho.
So, which is better Tal or H&H?
(I'm sure this has been discussed before, but I couldn't find it.)
Edited by Stone, 26 December 2003 - 08:40 AM.