Ever since the Bagel Shop opened up a second store on Metropolitan just off of Graham Avenue (the first is on Bedford Avenue, just off of Metropolitan), I've had to change my route to the subway in the morning. With bagels this good there's always an excuse why today should be a "special treat day" and I should stop to get one.
The bagels themselves are a perfect combination chewy on the inside, crusty on the outside and come in all the basic flavors (plus a few not-so-basic, the salty and sweet French Toast Bagel is worth a taste), as well as three varieties of whole grain - yet another reason why a daily bagel seems like a good idea.
The menu offers a variety of cream cheeses - from plain and lox flavored (with pieces of real lox mixed into it) to walnut raisin and homemade tofu, as well as an extensive list of sandwiches that includes "The Heart Attack" with two eggs, bacon, ham, sausage and cheese sandwiched between 2, and "No Name Yet" with ham, egg, cheese and grape jelly - neither of which I've quite had the nerve to try.
The Bagel Shop also offers a wide variety of muffins and pastries, as well as irresistible chocolate chip and oatmeal cookies - which I have had the nerve to try, frequently - and of course both hot and iced, flavored and regular coffees.
All in all, if you can't find something you like here, you're pretty much hopeless. Breakfast is served from 6am to 8pm, the store is open until 10, and the staff is always friendly and helpful. Limited seating on stools by the window available.