Had lunch in Strawberry Village this afternoon at Pizza Antica. The pizza was actually pretty good. We ordered a large pie with pepperoni, calabrese sausage and fontina cheese. It was a bit greasy from the meats, but crisp enough and pretty tastey. The small pies looked a lot smaller and crisper, but I think I'll stick with the large oval-shaped pies on future visits. This is not NY style pizza but it's satisfying nonetheless.
Anyway, after lunch we decided to walk around the village and check out it's offerings. Stumbled upon New York Bagel. Poked my head in and instantly noticed the boiling apparatus set up in the back of the shop. Could they really be boiling their bagels in true NY style? I actually walked out without trying anything because I was pretty full from the pizza. But after passing by a 2nd time I decided to poke my head in for some recon. I asked what bagels were the freshest and settled for an everything with plain cream cheese (~$2). The nice man behind the counter sliced it in half and started to put it in the toaster. I stopped him quickly as there's no way I could properly judge it's quality if it was toasted. A true fresh NY style bagel does not need to be toasted.
Walked outside and had a bite. Delicious! The best bagel I've had since moving out here from New York 8 months ago. Yeasty, chewey and tender goodness.
So good that I reported the place immediately to the person in charge of ordering bagels for our entire company every Friday. They usually order Noah's bagels, which are basically just bagel shaped bread. Thankfully, they seemed keen on giving a mom & pop shop a chance and they're gonna order from them this Friday and see how it works out. I hope it works out for the best, because it sure would make my Friday mornings that much nicer.
New York Bagel
308 Strawberry Village
Mill Valley, CA 94941
415 381 3599