I was reading an older thread (1/99) about bagels in Queens. As one would expect, many people expressed their opinions about this place or that place's being the best.
I happened to be in Queens yesterday (5/14) and stopped by the Bagel Oasis in Fresh Meadows. As fate would have it, FM is where I spent the first five or so years of my life, although that has nothing to do with why I was there.
It is somewhat irrelevant to me whether the Bagel Oasis bagel is the best, just adequate, or even not up to snuff by NYC standards - it's still better than anything I know of here in the Boston area. I brought back several dozen with me!
The Boston area, where I've lived for almost 28 years now, is a terrific place. I get just the best seafood here, but it is a true wasteland for bagels. Also, I will NEVER be a Red Sox fan!