Outdoor Winter Dining: What You Need to Know to Stay Safe

Outdoor Winter Dining: What You Need to Know to Stay Safe

It’s clear that Americans have had to make incredible sacrifices during the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, we’ve had to adjust to working from home, seeing our friends through a screen, and even canceling major life events. Weddings and graduations have been postponed, while nine out of 10 funeral services held today have loved ones who are unable to attend.

That said, the pandemic has forced us to get creative. Necessity is, indeed, the mother of invention — and despite the risks, many are determined to soldier on (albeit in new ways). That’s especially true for the restaurant industry, which was arguably one of the hardest-hit sectors during this health crisis. Things may not be back to normal yet, but we’ve found plenty of ways to support our favorite eateries — and experience something slightly resembling normalcy, in some cases.

Outdoor Winter Dining: What You Need to Know to Stay Safe

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Is Winter Outdoor Dining Safe?

One of the main questions being asked is whether winter outdoor dining is actually safe. Not only are the temperatures rather frigid in many parts of the country, but temporary structures are being erected by many restaurants in order to accommodate customers. The problem is that many of these structures don’t seem much safer than indoor dining when it comes right down to it.

There’s a lot of variation when it comes to outdoor dining structures. Some restaurants are using igloos or yurts, while others have enclosed areas on two or three sides. It’s a bit of a mystery as to whether or not any of these structures have proper airflow, which could be a problem if you’re dining with someone outside your immediate household. It’s also up to the municipality to set rules pertaining to outdoor dining capacity — but there’s no guarantee whether or not the restaurant will comply.

When an environmental engineering professor was interviewed by Vice News, it was revealed that an enclosure with multiple walls or sides can’t technically be categorized as outdoor dining from a safety standpoint. It’s also important to note that there are no totally safe indoor environments, even with good ventilation and air purification. Some restaurants are forgoing the six-feet rule with outdoor dining, as walls or tents provide a false sense of security and separation. And because customers don’t wear masks during meals, dining outdoors might be a lot riskier than you’d think. Of course, weather conditions can also make outdoor dining less safe. Snow, freezing temperatures, and even heat lamps could pose dangers to diners.

COVID-19 is certainly a huge concern for most Americans, given the number of rising cases across the country. Although anywhere from 8,000 to 18,000 U.S. residents are hospitalized with Legionnaires’ disease every year, more than 27.8 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the last year with approximately 488,000 fatalities. While this isn’t deterring Americans from eating outdoors (or inside, in many cases), many experts agree that it’s nearly impossible to know whether an outdoor dining setup has good ventilation — and you might not know until you arrive how a given restaurant is adhering to health guidelines. Although virtually no situation is without risk, it’s worth asking yourself whether it’s really worth it in this case.

Outdoor Winter Dining: What You Need to Know to Stay Safe

Olio é Piu indoor/outdoor dining

What Should You Wear When Dining Outdoors This Winter?

If you live in a warmer state, you might not have to bundle up for outdoor dining. But in many areas, cold temperatures and inclement weather can make eating outside a lot less comfortable. And while some eateries will attempt to use technology to fight some of those effects, it’s never going to be as pleasant as indoor dining would be.

So how can you stay cozy? Dressing in layers is key. Instead of wearing breathable fabrics like cotton, opt for wool or synthetic fiber for your base layers. You should probably wear a thick, long puffer coat, thick socks, insulated boots, a scarf, leather gloves, and a hat, as well. It’s a good idea to BYOB — bring your own blanket, in the case — to cover yourself up as your body temperature drops throughout the evening. You might even consider getting yourself a battery-powered heated jacket or hand warmers for some extra warmth.

Overall, try to keep your meal brief (which you should do anyway to reduce transmission risk!) and check the weather forecast before you decide to dine out. It’s a good idea to call the restaurant directly, as well, to assess whether they have the room or what kinds of accommodations they might have. If you know you’re someone who is sensitive to the cold, it might be best to sit this one out.

Outdoor Winter Dining: What You Need to Know to Stay Safe

What’s the Best Way to Keep Supporting Local Restaurants?

Many people choose to dine outdoors because they simply miss the restaurant experience. But a CDC study from September found that adults who tested positive for COVID-19 were twice as likely to have reported dining at a restaurant than those who tested negative (and there was no discrimination made between indoor and outdoor dining). Another study published in November found that restaurants were the riskiest places for new infections. If you’re being tempted because you see others enjoying meals outside or you want to support your favorite eatery, you might want to consider some alternatives.

Although fully loaded semi-trucks can weigh as much as 18,000 pounds, lighter-weight food trucks are still a common sight on many roads throughout the United States. If you have a favorite, follow them on social media to see where they might be headed if you’re looking for a restaurant experience without taking as big a chance. Ordering take-out is also a popular option, albeit not a new one. Instead of relying on GrubHub or DoorDash, which take a percentage of sales from the restaurant, opt to order directly through the restaurant for pick-up or delivery. Many restaurants put together special dining packages for holidays or even virtual events, so inquire with them about whether there might be something exciting to try at home.

It’s not easy for many of us to accept that restaurant dining isn’t yet back to normal. But until it is, dining outdoors this winter might be a bit too risky — or just a bit too uncomfortable — for some.

Business.org $100 gift card giveaway

Business.org Support Local Restaurants With Gift Card Giveaways

We always champion supporting small businesses; Small Business Saturday is a favorite of ours, but during this uncertain time, supporting them is needed more than ever. Of course, due to unemployment, our budgets are not what they were, so Business.org is stepping in to help. Business.org wants to help out local restaurants by purchasing $5,000 worth of gift cards and gifting them to you to support your favorite restaurants.

Business.org $100 gift card giveaway

To give small businesses a quick cash infusion during the Covid-19 shutdown (and help us put food on our table), Business.org is offering a total of $5,000 toward local cuisine. How does it work? They have purchased 50 gift cards valued at $100 each and asking you to submit the name of your favorite restaurants; from the entries, they will randomly select the winners and send them a $100 gift card for the restaurant they nominated. We have selected our favorite from our neighborhood and pray to god we are selected. Who will you be nominating as your favorite?

We love this idea as it is a fantastic way to help out local businesses; this small boost will help them, and of course, you (who doesn’t need the extra grocery budget). There are rules for entering of course. Anyone 18 years or older, located in any of the 50 states, can submit a local restaurant for nomination. Only one restaurant or small business can be nominated, so be sure to select your top favorite. Submitting your name enters you into the drawing for a $100 gift card that Business.org will purchase from the local restaurant of your choice.

You must hurry though as the nominations are only open until April 30th at 5 pm MST; that’s 7 pm EST to you fellow East coasters. Click on THIS NOMINATION FORM to fill out your favorite small business. All winners will be contacted via email on May 4th, 2020.

Grand Opening: Asian-Inspired Wagamama Opens 3rd New York Location

Grand Opening: Asian-Inspired Wagamama Opens 3rd New York Location

When people discover something good, they want more of it. This is true for everything, especially food. We discovered just how amazing the Asian-inspired cuisine at Wagamama is when we attended the grand opening of their 3rd New York location in midtown. The London-originated restaurant boasts a cult-like following thanks to its fresh spin on pan-Asian cuisine and vibrant, social dining experience. Wagamama offers a healthy variety of big plate dishes, Kokoro bowls, ramen, teppanyaki, etc; Okazu (small sides or shares) like dumplings, tempura, bao buns, etc; drinks that range from fresh juices, beers, cocktails, soft drinks, hot drinks, and sake; and of course desserts.

Grand Opening: Asian-Inspired Wagamama Opens 3rd New York Location

This third location in midtown, located at 100 West 55th Street, joins the NoMad and Murray Hill locations and brings their total to more than 200 restaurants worldwide. The name Wagamama roughly translates to “self-indulgent”, which was our exact feeling when we indulged in a delicious cocktail and variety of menu items. With its “Bowl to Soul” philosophy based on the belief that what we eat, who we are, and how we feel are inseparable, it’s easy to understand why the eatery is so popular. So popular that we were greeted with a nicely packed grand opening.

Grand Opening: Asian-Inspired Wagamama Opens 3rd New York Location Grand Opening: Asian-Inspired Wagamama Opens 3rd New York Location

The Asian-inspired menu draws on the best flavors from Japan, China, and Korea, using the freshest ingredients to create dishes that nourish the body and the soul. Whether it’s a sizzling noodle dish, a spicy duck and sticky rice bowl or a crunchy, well-dressed salad—always made to order and served as soon as it’s ready. With Global Executive Head Chef Steve Mangleshot at the helm, there’s no way you’ll ever be disappointed with the menu offerings. You see Wagamama remains committed to offering a balanced, healthful menu of craveable, beautifully presented food. All of which are cultivated from listening to customer feedback and reviews and using that knowledge to inventively adapt its menu to reflect modern taste preferences and lifestyles. A great example is their mouth-watering buns. While you may be familiar with typical Pork Buns, Wagamama offers a variety of bao buns including pork belly + panko apple, Korean barbecue beef + red onion, panko chicken + sriracha, and mushroom + panko eggplant. There’s literally a boa bun for everyone; there’s ramen for everyone; no matter your food restrictions, Wagamama prides itself in offering something for everyone.

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Let us not get started on the addictive variety of dumplings, prawns served with spicy chili and garlic sauce), and the Chicken yakitori (marinated chicken skewers, spicy teriyaki sauce, shichimi, scallions, fresh lime)….yum.

We had the wonderful opportunity to sit down with Wagamama’s Global Executive Head Chef Steve Mangleshot and learn all we could about the innovative menu and blending of Eastern and Western flavors as we indulged in a yuzu collins cocktail. Check out the interview below:

 

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Unfortunately, we had to head out to another event and only got to try one Yuzu Collins cocktail and didn’t get a chance to try dessert. We hope to rectify this error immediately as the Yuzu Collins was absolutely delicious and we need a repeat of that, and just looking at the dessert menu is making us drool.

Cocktail

We definitely adding Wagamama to our repeat visit list. We loved it and we know you’ll love it too.If you’re in the mood for some delicious Asian-inspired lunch, dinner, snack, check out this new location.

Olio e Piu’s Fall Menu

Restaurant Review: Fall in Love with Olio e Piu’s Fall Menu

Late last year, we had the pleasure of celebrating the launch of the Olio e Piú cookbook; this time, we celebrated their new Fall menu. Just as before, there were so many delicious dining options to enjoy. The new dinner menu items include Garganelli with braised rabbit; Mozzarella Di Bufala with imported buffalo mozzarella, grilled portobello mushrooms, and marinated roasted peppers; Vitello alla Milanese with fried veal cutlet, arugula, tomato, parmesan, lemon; and Trofie al Pesto with broccoli rabe pesto, lemon zest, and Pecorino Toscano; plus so much more.

Olio e Piu’s Fall Menu

Unfortunately, we couldn’t partake in most of the new fall menu items due to our mushroom allergy but we did get to enjoy quite a few dishes, including a favorite. Our evening began with some wonderful cocktails and hearty appetizers. We wanted to make sure we enjoyed cocktails we’ve never had before; below, we present the Belladonna (New Amsterdam Gin, Chamdor, Cinzano Bianco, and raspberries); Giardino (Tito’s vodka, Italcus, Cinzano Bianco, basil, and strawberries); Vulcano (Del Maguey Vida Mezcal, Lunazul tequila, Aperol, aveze, lime cordial, and hibiscus).

Olio e Piu’s Fall Menu

The first item from the new fall menu we enjoyed was a hearty Buffalo ricotta, hot soppressata, and mozzarella Calzone. We hadn’t had a calzone in years and this Olio e Piu Calzone was the perfect reintroduction; piping hot and wonderfully cheesy, you will not regret ordering this at all.

Olio e Piu’s Fall Menu

From piping hot to crispy and heavenly. This light but satisfying salad boasted crisp apples, arugula, seared scallops, and a delicious vinaigrette. It was so good, we wanted seconds. Definitely a must-have.

Olio e Piu Salad

Our next dish was one of our favorites from our last visit to Olio e Piu, the Fritto Misto. A mainstay on the menu year’ round, we can’t help but indulge in the memory of the assortment of squid, shrimp, white fish, zucchini, with the creamiest Bombay aioli.

Fritto Misto

The next dish was Tagliatelle Bolognese, a perfect fall menu option, and one of the signature dishes of Bologna. While many places serve thinner ribbons of Tagliatelle pasta, we loved Olio e Piu’s wider size as you can enjoy more of the meat sauce.

Tagliatelle Bolognese

While we absolutely loved it, we had to save room for the next orgasmic experience, the Bistecca; a perfectly grilled hanger steak, crushed new potatoes, onions, and salsa verde. It normally comes with mushrooms but luckily this was one of the dishes where the mushrooms weren’t already added to the dish.

Grilled hanger steak

Finally on to the non-savory dishes from the fall menu, Dessert. We enjoyed Torta all’ Olio di Oliva, an Olive oil cake, vanilla cream, seasonal berries and a combination of Gelato/Sorbeto.

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Olio e Piu gives you the option of three scoops/flavors, we decided on the Blood Orange, Lemon, and Vallutata di Gelato Alla Vanila. These refreshing scoops were the end to a blissful evening. We can’t wait to go back.

 

 

Let's Do This Bitches a New Daytime Drag Extravaganza BRUNCH

This Brunch is a Total Drag: Drag Brunch at Haswell Green’s

Have you noticed weekend brunches have become somewhat pedestrian? We mean lacking in excitement. While it’s great to connect with friends, the overall experience doesn’t deviate from the usual mimosas, runny eggs, etc. What if we told you there was a better way to do brunch; a more entertaining way. You can still enjoy connecting with your friends but with entertainment. Welcome to Drag Brunch at Haswell Green’s, an experience that brings “dinner and a show” to your weekend brunch festivities.

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Haswell Green’s drag brunch is aptly named, Let’s Do This Bitches; this daytime drag extravaganza stars the very talented Ritzy Bitz and another drag queen for your total entertainment. Get ready for a comedic and lip-syncing extravaganza. On the Saturday we attended, Misty Mountains Davenport, daughter of Rupaul’s Drag Race Season 11’s Honey Davenport, was the co-headliner. Check out our social media coverage on our Instagram page. While the bottomless brunch menu does feature mimosas and Bloody Marys, they also offer a signature “mean girls”-inspired cocktail, ‘That’s So Fetch”, to go along with the hilarious and fun performances.

Let's Do This Bitches a New Daytime Drag Extravaganza BRUNCH

When one thinks of brunch, pizza doesn’t normally come to mind, but during the Haswell Green drag brunch, you’re able to order from three pizza varieties – Breakfast Pizza, Classic Margherita, or a Sausage Pizza. We indulged in the breakfast pizza which featured onions, peppers, eggs and lots of cheese.

Let's Do This Bitches a New Daytime Drag Extravaganza BRUNCH

If you want to stick to breakfast favorites, the menu also features Greek Skillet, Huevos Rancheros, Bacon, Egg & Cheese Waffle Fries, Grilled Cheese Benedict, Steak and Eggs, Guacamole Goat Cheese Toast, and Chilaquiles. Bee Pollen Pancakes and Almond French Toast are also available for those with a sweet tooth. Those who love savory will love the Brisket Burger, Mac & Cheese, and the Fried Chicken Waffle (featured below).

Let's Do This Bitches a New Daytime Drag Extravaganza BRUNCH

Aside from the great food and amazing performances, our favorite part of the event was the crowd participation. Several guests were invited on stage for a Lipsync for your Life challenge a la RuPaul’s Drag Race. Needless to say, thanks to the bottomless brunch cocktails, hilarity, and a few shocking instances ensued. After the show, we all got to take photos with ladies.

Let's Do This Bitches a New Daytime Drag Extravaganza BRUNCH

With an incredible $45.00 unlimited drinks and entree package, there’s no reason to miss out on the fun! Brunch hours at Haswell Green’s run from 12:30 pm to 4 pm every Saturday & Sunday, with the drag show running from 1 pm to 3 pm. Haswell Green’s is located at 240 West 52nd Street. For Let’s Do This Bitches drag brunch reservations, call 212-245-2801.

National Taco Day

National Taco Day w/ Taco Dumbo Midtown West Grand Opening

Today is National Taco Day, what better day than that day to celebrate the grand opening of the new Taco Dumbo Midtown West. Granted, the grand opening was late last month but as we said, what better day than the day to celebrate all things tacos than to celebrate this taco heaven.

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Taco Dumbo is no ordinary taco spot; this market fresh taqueria and cold-pressed juice margarita bar are inspired by the healthy lifestyle where the beach, surf, and sun are synonymous with fresh local food. The goal of Taco Dumbo is to not only provide delicious, healthy food but they also strive to cultivate positives vibes. They’ve created a space where you can relax and escape from the outside world while enjoying a curated selection of eats and drinks. It’s almost like escaping for a quick tropical beach trip (the “flight attendant, and airport body and baggage scanners that greeted you at the door were a great addition).

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Walking into Taco Dumbo felt like no other. The vibe was an incredible party atmosphere; the music was pumping and you instantly felt transported from the hustle and bustle of NYC to the beaches of Southern California.

Taco Dumbo Grand Opening Taco Dumbo Grand Opening

When it came to the food, rest assured, all-time classics are recreated. Using responsibly sourced ingredients. Taco Dumbo has curated a delicious menu that compliments all eating lifestyles. Inclusive food is woven into Taco Dumbo’s DNA, providing options for the meat-lover, vegan, vegetarian, kosher, dairy-free, or gluten-free eater.

Menu highlights range from a truffle shroom and rotisserie chicken “tinga” to beef short-rib and nori spicy tuna tacos. The chef’s special plant-based “impossible” taco pairs perfectly as a side to the grain bowls and salads. Market fresh ingredients are locally sourced and are an essential element in elevating the drink selection. Taco Dumbo allows you to create your perfect margaritas; with six types of pressed juice options and nine different salts for the rim, you can customize your margarita.

National Taco Day

The entire team, kitchen, register and bar staff, are made up of people who genuinely care about putting good energy into the food. They aim to make your experience as enjoyable as possible. We enjoyed several rounds of “guess the song” with one of the servers as the DJ played hit after hit. That personal experience only added to the great service we were already enjoying.

Current Taco Dumbo Locations:

56 Prospect St., Dumbo Heights
2 Pennsylvania Plaza, Penn Station
1385 Broadway, Garment District
111 W 32nd St., Rosé Mansion
56 Spring St., SoHo

Chinese Food Photography

Restaurant Review: Chef Yang 46 Tasting Dinner Menu

Several weeks ago, we enjoyed a wonderful meal at a quiet, but visually delightful restaurant in New Jersey. Nestled just off Highway 46 in Clifton, New Jersey is Chef Yang 46, a gourmet Chinese restaurant specializing in Sichuan food. We rarely dine out in New Jersey but we promise you will love what Chef Yang 46 has to offer. At almost a year old, we delighted in lots of Sichuan favorites at this creation of Dinggen Wang and Jiaqing Yang. Let’s dig right in, shall we?

Chef Yang 46 Chinese Restaurant

You feel immediately welcomed by the very informative and attentive staff as soon as you step inside. We may be a bit biased seeing as these are our colors, but we love the chic black and white decor with touches of red. As you may or may not know, red is a popular color in Chinese culture, symbolizing luck, joy, and happiness. We promise you won’t get bored with this menu as Chef Yang diligently dishes out seasonal items every three months.

Chef Yang 46 Chinese Restaurant

As we perused the menu of elegant and versatile Sichuan cuisine, we noted the restaurant and menu bosted a modern setting with traditional Chinese highlights. Visions of dumplings, noodles, and Peking duck (a Chef Yang specialty) danced through our heads as we took it all in. The staff makes it a point to share what makes each dish wonderful and are ever ready to make recommendations. We started our culinary journey through the contemporary Chinese menu with some light and tropical cocktails.

COCKTAILS 

Chef Yang 46 Cocktails

While tonight was all about the wonderful food, we delighted in the most famous Tiki cocktail, the Mai Tai; and Strawberry Margarita; both of which went down quickly. Both cocktails were refreshing and sweet and paired wonderfully with the variety of flavors we were about to indulge in.

STARTERS

SCALLION PANCAKES

Chef Yang 46 Scallion Pancakes

Scallion Pancakes are much-loved favorite Chinese starter or snack. The Chef Yang 46 flaky and savory pan-fried flatbread boasts a crisp edge and was delicious with the dipping sauce; the pancakes were light and not too oily. Of course, we prefer to drizzle the sauce over the Scallion pancakes it so every piece of the pancakes soaks up every drop.

ROAST PORK BUNS

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We encourage you to make these Pork Buns your first order after your cocktails. You’ll love the flavorful and hearty chunks of roasted pork and the slight sweetness of these unbelievable delicacies. They take a while to make but once you taste them, you’ll see why they are worth it. We suggest you order two.

BBQ PORK RIBS

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Get ready for delicious, some-fall-off-the-bone bbq ribs. These were so wonderfully prepared, it’ll be difficult to share with anyone else, so if you love ribs, we recommend you order more than one or get individual orders as you won’t want to share.

MAIN COURSES

BEEF WITH BROCCOLI

Chinese Food Photography: Beef and Broccoli

Succulent, tender cuts of shredded beef and semi-crunchy broccoli is why this dish remains a traditional favorite. It’s a great option for those who like non-spicy choices.

PRAWNS WITH GARLIC SAUCE

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Much like the Beef and Broccoli, this entree is another favorite. It boasts the perfect amount of garlicky flavor, with the earthiness of mushrooms and steamed broccoli adding great texture to it.

PORK BELLY WITH LEEKS

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We love spicy dishes and this pork belly and leeks dish from Chef Yang 46’s new style Sichuan food section of their menu really hit the mark. It was the perfect level of peppery spiciness. Its flavorful spices keep your palate wanting more.

DRAGON & PHOENIX

Chinese Food Photography: dragon & phoenix (surf & turf)

Another of Chef Yang 46’s specialties, the Dragon & Phoenix dish is the Chinese version of surf and turf. In this instance, it is one half sauteed Prawns and half General Tso chicken. Both were mouthwateringly delectable and we loved mixing the two flavor profiles as they enhanced each other.

We highly recommend you try some of their other noted dishes, rarely seen on any Chinese menus: Grand Marnier Prawn, dressed with a homemade sauce combining the golden ratio of mango and pineapple; and iconic dishes like Peking Duck and Tea-Smoked Duck.

DESSERTS

Chinese Food Photography: Desserts

Although our well-sated stomachs almost didn’t allow, we had to make room for dessert. Going for decadent chocolate, and a key lime pie desserts. Both were the ideal end to our evening of savory traditional Chinese and Sichuan delights. Light and airy, these desserts left us with the right amount of indulgence.

Chef Yang 46 is divided into three distinctive areas, a private room in darker tones perfect for parties and gatherings, a full bar in the middle, and a large dining room in brighter tones and white tablecloths. Chef Yang 46 is located at 1105 Route 46 E, Clifton, NJ 07013. Call 973-777-8855 to make your reservation or walk right in to indulge.

Bantam Bagels Opening

Breakfast Changer: Bantam Bagels NEW Bleecker Street Shop

Over the last few years, we’ve heard so much about portion control and enjoying food in moderation. Especially with the studies that show childhood and adult obesity is on the rise. Because of this, many people have cut out a lot of their favorite foods and snacks; but this drastic change is not really necessary. Everything can be enjoyed in moderation. While attending the Summer Fancy Food Show, we were introduced to one food brand that is “changing the way you breakfast”, Bantam Bagels.

Bantam Bagels on Bleecker Street Bantam Bagels on Bleecker Street

What are Bantam Bagels? These “mounds of heaven” are mini filled bagel balls with cream cheese on the inside. It’s truly the most unique and exciting way to eat an authentic New York bagel. Founded by husband and wife team, Nick and Elyse Oleksak, Bantam Bagels come in all your favorite bagels varieties and a few new ones.

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The varieties include Plain, Sesame, Onion, Everything, Cinnamon Sugar, Pizza Seasoned, Cinnamon Nutmeg, and Pretzel. The fillings include plain Cream Cheese, Cinnamon Swirl Cream Cheese, Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese, Veggie Cream Cheese, Maple Cream Cheese, Marinara Mozzarella Cream Cheese, Jalapeno Cheddar Cheese, Scallion Cream Cheese, and Cheddar Dijon Cream Cheese.

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These delicious homemade bagels, which originated in the couple’s Brooklyn apartment, has made appearances on ABC’s Shark Tank and QVC; and now you can enjoy to your heart’s content at their wonderful flagship at 283 Bleecker Street in New York. As we mentioned before, we were first introduced to Bantam Bagels at the Summer Fancy Food Show. It was love at first bite when Elyse invited us over to her booth to indulge. We’ve been addicted ever since.

Bantam Bagels Shop Elyse Oleksak of Bantam Bagels

From the moment you step inside the store, you’ll be treated like family by Elyse and her amazing team. You’ll also delight in the newest additions to their product line, Breakfast Bagels, an egg bagel stuffed with cheddar cheese cream cheese, Egg Bites, and Bantam Pancakes.

Bantam Egg Bites Bantam Pancakes

We can’t sing the praises of these delicious, fun-size bagels enough. Trust us when we say once you take one bite of any of the varieties of Bantam Bagels products, you’ll never go back to regular-sized bagels again.