A staple on every Filipino’s breakfast table is the pan de sal, the Philippine’s quintessential take on the bread roll. It’s made of yeast, eggs, flour, sugar, and salt.
Now if Filipinos have the pan de sal, New Yorkers have the bagel, which they love taking with cream cheese and coffee. Don’t be misled, though. The bagel originated from the Jewish communities of Poland, so it’s not entirely “stateside”. However, a New Yorker’s breakfast will not be complete without it. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that almost all New Yorkers are always on the go and would be better off with a quick serving of breakfast.
However, I’m not here to lecture you on the ins and outs of Filipino and New Yorker breakfasts. It’s basically just a prelude to the real meat of this post, LES Bagels New York Deli and Bakery.
LES (Lower East Side) Bagels is a, well, bagel place in Ortigas. Lower East Side, of course, refers to that area in New York, which simply means eating at LES Bagels is like tasting a piece of the Big Apple. It’s the latest craze on that side of the Metro that offers some of the favorite breakfast staples of New Yorkers – bagels, bagel sandwiches, and deli sandwiches. They also serve other baked goodies like cookies and brownies, salads, and more. Long story short, LES Bagels is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing brunch or even snack alone or with your friends.
The chef, Cuit Kaufman of Borough and Nolita, is from New York, so you can be sure that eating at LES Bagels is like living the New York experience with bagels made fresh every day.
One of the things I loved about LES Bagels, aside from the yummy treats, is its minimalist interior spiced by a slightly artsy vibe. The ambiance is very New York-ish, minus the hustle and bustle of the city. Their bagels, as I mentioned earlier, are very fresh.
They have plain, garlic, onion, whole wheat, wheat everything, black sesame, and plain everything bagels for Php 40, which I daresay will be perfect with their apple and cinnamon or blueberry cream cheese. For Php 60, you could enjoy their black Russian, pumpernickel, and cinnamon raisin variants. Chocolate and blueberry variants cost Php 80 each while their Asiago costs Php 100. They also have a buy 1 take 1 promo for their bagels after 8 p.m., so if you’re around the area, do try it out.
Since bagels are perfect with cream cheese, I didn’t waste time sampling some of their offerings. They have sundried tomato and basil cream cheese, which was perfect with their plain bagel. Their garlic and chive cream cheese was a bomb paired with plain bagel, too.
Oh, and what’s a bagel without coffee, right? They serve Yardstick coffee, the LES Daily Brew, iced brew, and iced latte, so you have plenty to choose from if you want something to pair with your bagel.
Overall, the experience was filling. I wouldn’t mind going back to LES Bagels to sample their other offerings. Those from down south can drop in at their Tuscany Residences, Upper McKinley Road, Fort Bonifacio branch. For those up north, you can check out their Podium Mall branch, located at the 2/F. For more info, you can stalk their Facebook and Instagram accounts.