We tripped into this place for breakfast one morning.. and became regulars (for breakfast) for the rest of the trip. The choices for what to put on a bagel? Overwhelming. They suggest you try their famous chicken parmigiana bagel, and also their reuben (I tied mine with pastrami)... Wonderful. I wish I had two stomachs. Kids were ordering bagels, cheesecakes, cakes, fruit cups... the menu spans BOARDS across a wall, and the displays look so yummy... How popular is this place? There is always a lineup. Inside maybe a line of 30+ ppl, sometimes 15 more outside... however they have 6 or so ppl handling the orders and making your stuff on the spot, so it moves along quickly enough. And *nobody* complains about the line, and *everyone* looks pleased for what they are about to order. That is knowing and satisfying your market, no doubt about it. There is a seating area but it's always full, so if you're not into waiting for it to free up, just take your food to go.. one morning we ate ours on a side street by the Luxemburg embassy offering a view of the East River, another we ate in Central Park, ... and why not? The workers look exhausted.. it's constant work for them starting I think 6am. I saw one guy get glared at one morning by his coworkers because he was going on break, they don't have time to breathe. He was apologetic but he said he had to rest. Another one I befriended told me the job is a test in patience. It is a never ending assembly line, with a complex menu... I have a lot of respect for these guys. No matter how tired they are, the quality of what you get is undiminished. These guys are pros. The food yummy. I will be back.
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