I know there's a great debate on these boards about what makes a good bagel. Some like them big, others small. Some Hounds like them doughy, others don't. So, at the risk of incurring the wrath of the bagelphiles here, I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that the best bagels in the outer boroughs can be found in Bensonhurst. I stumbled upon an unassuming bagel place just east of Bay Parkway on 86th Street that has some of the best bagels I've had in recent years. The bagels have a chewy/crispy crust, with a chewy/slightly-doughy interior. They're not too big with the right density and they taste great. They look like they're hand-rolled and boiled on premises, though I didn't confirm any of that.
I've only had the bagels from this place twice. The first time I was shocked, so went back a second time to confirm that they are the real deal. Unfortunately, I can't remember the name of the place, or if it even has one. It's just west of 86 Wong, the Chinese noodle shop on 86th Street (which is how I found the bagel shop, and is, incidentally, very mediocre). If anyone knows the name of the bagel shop, please let others know, since it will be easier to locate.
I'm curious if any of the Chowhounds who are more familiar with this neighborhood have eaten at this place. Are their bagels an anomaly or is Bensonhurst the last, great bastion for bagels in this city?