[Photo: Erin Zimmer]

The Times weighs in on the Montreal vs. New York bagel debate with a trip to St. Viateur:

"City Room brought a few dozen Montreal bagels back to share with co-workers to gauge their reactions, wondering if our co-workers would swoon over the Montreal newcomer or stay loyal to their native bagel." Their consensus? "Perhaps it was a home-court advantage, but the New York bagel clearly won out among those who had an opinion to offer."

In fairness to our friends up North, though, bagels carried across national borders aren't exactly the freshest—and as we at Serious Eats know, freshness makes a huge difference.


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