These bagels are kettle-boiled and parbaked in a small bakery in New York and shipped daily to the New York Bagel Cafe and Deli (103 Turner Lane, in West Chester’s Turner Square Shopping Center). Customers have been raving about these bagels, according to owners Chris and Gordon Mason. The couple (who married atop the Empire State Building) has decorated the new business with beautiful black-and-white photos of landmarks like Grand Central Station and the Statue of Liberty. Signs for subway stops line the walls of this cozy café, which has wireless internet access.
Their menu includes an assortment of bagels (including Honey Whole Wheat and Sun Dried Tomato), hot and cold sandwiches made with Boar’s Head meats, Green Mountain Coffee (which comes in organic flavors), eggs, salads, muffins, cupcakes, and all-day breakfast.
The bagels are very doughy, hard on the outside, with a delicious soft interior. The staff includes a qualified pastry chef, and there are always new menu items, like a caramel apple wrap or grilled salmon wrap. Chris Mason puts a lot of emphasis on finding healthy items for the menu: Whole wheat bagels, mini bagels, lavender whole grain pancakes, and a children’s menu with lots of fresh fruit, vegetables and organic butter. They are looking into serving gluten-free bagels and breads.
Even though New York Bagel Cafe and Deli is part of a franchise, the owners try to add a local angle to their store. The produce comes from the Produce Place in Kennett Square, smoked fish comes from Sugartown Smoked Specialties in West Chester, and the cupcakes are from Iced by Betsy.
They are looking into showcasing local artwork and constantly give back to area charities. Any unsold baked good is donated to local charities each night, including Safe Harbor and the Salvation Army. The “Charitywich” is going to be a special sandwich on their menu, with a portion of the proceeds donated to local charities.
New Bagel Cafe and Deli has catering — perfect for a post-holiday brunch or a way to brighten an early morning meeting at the office. You can get a membership card, which can be preloaded with any amount, giving you 10 percent off your bill every time you come in. Their hours are Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Find out about their creative specials on Facebook by liking New York Bagel Cafe & Deli – West Chester.
Next time you are craving a fresh breakfast or lunch with great specials, head over to New York Bagel Cafe and Deli. You can even call in an order at ahead of time at 610-692-5111.