Greetings from New York:
My brother moved to the Bay Area four and a half years ago, mostly living just off Noe in SF and recently moved to Berkelely. He's suffered bagel deprivation almost since day one. There was a popular bagel joint in his neighborhood. I think it was even called NY Bagels. Well he told me it sucked. He got so turned off to SF bagels initially, I think there was a spell when he wouldn't even eat them. We grew up in a Manhattan neighborhood, somewhat spoiled bagel-wise, with two authentic bagel bakeries in the neighborhood (well, one was authentic and the other just insanely popular for its hot-from-the-oven, luscious, huge, crusty and pull-apart-like-chewed gum species).
Anyway, how close to NY bagels are the ones in the post below about the New York/Jewish-style bakery below? Are they at least sufficiently better than other local ones to warrant a special visit? Has the Bay Area bagel scene (BAgel? :) improved at all over the last couple of years?
Thank you in advance.