New York Jewish Week via JTA – In honor of National Bagel Day this Saturday, GrubHub released data on the most popular bagels in New York City – and the results may surprise you.
The online delivery platform looked at what New Yorkers ordered through its service in 2021. Let’s start with the most popular bagel variety in the five boroughs: the winner is — drum roll — everything.
That’s a breath of fresh air – everything is everything! But from there, things get a little suspicious: Cinnamon, onion, blueberry, and jalapeño take place two through five on the list of the most popular flavors. Seriously – which self-respecting New Yorker orders a cinnamon or jalapeño bagel? Reveal yourself! What happened to the simple sesame? The classic poppy seed?
Of course, these stats are purely from GrubHub orders — they don’t factor in other delivery services like Seamless or UberEats, as well as phone orders and the old-fashioned method of showing up somewhere in person.
Still, GrubHub’s data offers an interesting glimpse into neighbors’ bagel habits. For example, the most popular bagel shops in the city are spread almost evenly across Queens, Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Utopia Bagels in Whitestone, Queens takes the prize as the most popular bagel shop in town, followed by the Upper East Side location of Tal Bagels, Astoria’s Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee Company, and Forest Hills Bagels in Queens.
To round out the list: Ess-a-Bagel in Midtown East, Greenpoint’s Bagel Point, Gramercy’s David’s Bagels, Tompkins Square Bagels in the East Village, Bagel Pub in Crown Heights and, last but not least, Williamsburg’s Bagelsmith.
GrubHub also tracked the most popular bagel sandwiches. Coming in at number one is the classic (if not kosher) bagel sandwich with bacon, eggs, and cheese. Its no bacon counterpart takes the number three spot, with a lox with scallion spread combo sandwiched between the two (finally I feel seen!). Fourth on the list is a BLT bagel sandwich, followed by ham and egg, what’s not New Jersey?
Interestingly, GrubHub didn’t seem to release any information about the most popular cream cheese orders (no word on whether the cream cheese shortage had anything to do with that). Given the truly crazy variety of flavors on offer at many local bagel shops – Oreo, birthday cake… bacon cream cheese, anyone? – I think it’s probably a good thing they kept that to themselves.