So I looked in the bag and thought “gee, looks like a real bagel. I remember those after all”. Even better was the owner who spoke like a real New Yorker.
At one time they made the bagels, now they have a Richmond bakery make them to their specs. So I bite it and think, "yeah, this is a real bagel."
I was regretting that I didn’t get some bagels from House of Bagels (HOB) when I was in SF in the morning so I could compare. Then Mollie Stone in San Rafael came to the rescue because they had bagels from both House of Bagels and Marin Bagels (MB). NY by the Bay won in a side by side tasting.
Excellent shiny skin (crust?), the bagel was soft, yet chewy. The only mark down might be for a touch of sweetness like a water challah. The HOB was dry by comparison and the MB was only ok compared to the other two.
No take-out menu, just a sign on the wall listing sandwiches and breakfast items. There is a small deli case of house-made salads like whitefish. Searching around on the web there were mentions of good brisket, pastrami, chicken liver pate and correctly steamed Hebrew National hot dogs. Dr. Browns Cel-Ray and Yoohoo are available.
I didn’t get more because I was full and disappointed by a pastrami sandwich across the street at Roast Haus. I didn’t look too closely when I saw the pastrami wrapped in plastic.
It isn’t a fancy looking place, sort of like an average NY corner deli. The tiny shop is next to the gas station. There’s five tables.
After eating here, you can always go across the road to Silberman’s and get a real and excellent lemon ice.
New York by the Bay indeed.
Has anyone tried anything else here?
New York by the Bay Deli & Café
1005 Northgate Dr (near the Marin Civic Center, right at the Frietas exit off-ramp, across the road from Safeway).
San Rafael, CA 94903