Long Islanders have quite a few things to be proud of, whether it’s talking about our famed beaches or award-winning vineyards, we don’t like to pass up an opportunity to boast our hometown pride. But when it comes to the revered bagel, well not only does every local have a personal favorite spot, but we also know our iconic breakfast sandwich, the Bacon, Egg, and Cheese (BEC) can’t be beat – it’s a fact.

Long Island bagels are the cream cheese of the crop. Some say it has to do with the water, some say it’s the old-fashioned recipe imported from Eastern Europe and perfected in America.  But no matter how you slice it, LI bagels are a cut above the rest. Try for yourself at the following spots where we break down just a few staples, and then check out the gallery below to see more local favorites.

Here's The BEC Breakdown

Bagel Boss, East Northport

It’s the food they’ll always remember! Check out the bagels at Bagel Boss with such an impressive variety it’s impossible to choose. Try their famous rainbow bagel or get a taste of the plain, sesame, pumpernickel, garlic, onion, poppy, everything, egg, marble, and so many more!

Buzz’d Express Coffee, Bellmore

Buzz'd is a local drive-thru only coffee shop focused on premium coffee and fast service. Try out their plain, egg, or everything bagel and definitely do not miss their Bacon Egg & Cheese Sandwich!

Goldberg’s, Multiple Locations

A beautiful array of toasty bagels available at their various locations across the island including in the Hamptons and Long Island’s North Fork, Goldberg’s has been serving the locals of Long Island their staple carb-i-licios breakfast since 1949.

East Norwich Bagels, East Norwich

East Norwich Bagels focuses on serving up a wide selection of exceptional bagels and cream cheese spreads. They’ve established themselves as the go-to destination for fresh and tasty bagels.