Taking the advice of many other hounds on this board I finally made the trek to Utopia Bagels in Whitestone this morning. I arrived at 7:55am to find a line almost out the door (always a good sign). Anyway, I was blown away by the quality of these bagels. Nothing in Manhattan can hold a candle to Utopia as far as I'm concerned. I'll be looking forward to making the short drive from Forest Hills to Whitestone every weekend for now on.
The only other bagels I've found as good as those at Utopia are on Garth road in Scarsdale.