If you are expecting neat, clean, and serene then on most days you should just keep on moving. That is not to say that it is a messy, dirty, or out of control place. It's just that a place like this, located near the edge of the gorge that borders the Cornell campus, that does the kind of business that it does, is almost always going to be a little ragged, noisy, and crowded.
But oh....the bagels. A wonderful assortment of mouth watering autentic boiled & baked on site bagels that will satisfy every taste awaits. And to make it even better there is a wide selection of bagel sandwiches offered that are a meal all on their own (have one with the quad espresso...). And the staff is a joy to watch as they coreograph the dance that is ordering, preparing, and delivering the food.
As it is a college town, if you are there before 10 am (a little earlier on weekends when a lot of parents are in town) it is as quiet and swift as it's going to get. After that, the students emerge from their nightly hibernation and fill the place with the usual assortment of geeks, freaks, Greeks, Preppies, and the perpetually average college Joes and Janes. Then, it's a bit of a dance to order, pay, retrieve food and claim a spot to eat it. But man, bite into that bagel and sip that espresso and it is all worth it...
If you are in the area and don't stop, well. ..you've missed it.
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