Word is out. There are boiled bagels in Catskill.
They just opened, and they are already super busy. I'm told that the seven dozen or so everything bagels sell out by 1pm-ish.
If you've moved upstate from Brooklyn, there are few things you miss, a boiled bagel is one of them. (An all-night diner? Yeah, well, you can't have everything...)
With sandwiches such as "The Mensch" (whitefish salad on a bagel), who could pass them up?
Meet Tim, Thomas, and Alvaro. Thomas was so busy, he couldn't even stop to take this picture.
"All bagels have basically the same ingredients," says Tim, "but, it's HOW you use those ingredients, that's the difference!" Goodies partnered with Broad Street bagels in Kinderhoook, and they get their boiled bagels delivered by 6am.
Growing up on Long Island, a good boiled bagel was de rigueur - a default, the standard!
I was 13 when I met my first Protestant - a nice family from Pennsylvania moved in down the block. One of the first discussions we had with them was where they should buy their bagels (as any "Welcome-to-Long-Island" conversation starts). I remember one of them saying, "Oh, we just get the Lenders bagels in the supermarket freezer." We looked at them in complete silence, mouths wide open. You could hear a pin drop.
Bagels are important. If you're going to eat all those carbs, then do it right.
The problem? Well, Goodies is in Catskill. G-d forbid Hudson should have a boiled bagel shop!
Goodies is not in downtown Catskill, near Main Street, it's up by Walmart. For us Hudson folk, it's still a schlep.
But, totally worth it.
See you there!