Larry Seabrook’s $177 Bagel

Only in NY

The New York Times ran a tongue-in-cheek story today about whether you could spend $177 at Bits Bites & Baguettes, as Councilman Larry Seabrook apparently did.

It would be difficult to order a nearly $200 bagel sandwich at Bits Bites & Baguettes — difficult, but certainly not impossible. You would have to get creative. The bagel would have to get messy.

“Anything can go on a bagel,” a manager said on Wednesday from behind the counter on Park Place, a short walk from City Hall. “We can put the whole menu on a bagel.”

In the same vein, the New York Post had a chef whip up such a bagel:

This is the restaurant capital of the world, and our chefs had no trouble coming up with gourmet bagels more enticing than indicting.

Chef Karine Bakhoum whipped up a pumpernickel bagel with Scottish smoked salmon and Osetra caviar.

Her recipe: “Warm pumpernickel bagel, sliced open, spread with créme fraiche, layered with two to three slices of Scottish smoked salmon on each side, top with sliced red onion, a slice of ripe red tomato, more créme fraiche and topped off with an ounce of the caviar. Sprinkle lemon or lime and eat open faced.”