Has anyone who has actually been to Utopia Bagels (in Whitestone) been able to find a better bagel anywhere in the world? I recently spent some time in the city trying bagel places and have no idea how any NYCers are putting up with Manhattan's current offerings...or perhaps I've missed a hidden gem. H&H in particular was pretty terrible as far as classic NY bagels go, or at least my idea of them.
I understand that lots of people have different opinions on what makes the perfect bagel, but I'm interested only in the classic variety - hand-rolled, boiled/baked, crusty-outside, chewy-inside, and not sweet-tasting.
So, any challengers to Utopia? I'd love to know if anything even comes close. I'm living in northern Jersey now, and bagels (and lots of other foods) are pretty bad - dying for another Utopia run.