The line to my wife, Berkley, when she said she wanted to get bagels this morning was, "a bagel is just a bagel lets get something interesting instead". Needless to say I'm officially a convert. We went to Tal Bagel on 1st ave near 55th St in Manhattan. I ordered the Salt Bagel with scallion cream cheese and lox, with an iced coffee to help with the 100 degree heat. The outside of the bagel was crisp and the inside was pillowy but had a really toothsome bite. The salt on the top in retrospect was a little to salty, but at the time I was loving every bite. I'd go back to New York just to get another one of these.
On our last day in New York we decided to revisit a hot dog joint we had gone to months earlier, in Vancouver, called Japadog. They have different house made sausages and hotdogs that they top with traditional japanese ingredients, for example KEWPIE mayo, tamari, shoyu bbq sauce, nori, shredded daikon, etc. I love these combinations, and it sure livens up a traditional hot dog. I ordered the Terimayo, a traditional dog topped with KEWPIE mayo, nori, and a sweet teriyaki sauce. My wife ordered the Oroshi, a german bratwurst topped with wasabi mayo, grated daikon, and scallions. We loved every bite, we plan to go back and further explore the vast menu.