The Montreal-New York bagel rivalry is a thing, but mainly in the minds of New Yorkers.
But when Bethenny Frankel, former RHONY (Real Housewives of New York) star and entrepreneur, decided to put them to a test on Tik Tok this week because “everyone from Montreal says their bagels are better” (true story), she had a lot of opinions.
While we all know who makes the better bagel—Montreal’s more compact, less-doughy version boiled in honey-sweetened water and baked in a wood-fired oven is clearly the winner—Bethenny ordered a variety from one of the city's cult favourites, St-Viateur Bagel's sesame, all-dressed, whole wheat, and sea salt, to see for herself.
What did Bethenny think?
According to Bethenny’s Tik Tok, she started with the all-dressed bagels, pronouncing that they were missing the “tender and gumminess” and characteristic “gummy yum balls' ' associated with NYC bagels.
(We’re confused, is this a bad thing?)
Her critique continued of the Mile End institution, explaining they were “airy, crispy but still has the chewy tenderness,” and tasted “a little lighter. A little sweeter.”
Further compliments included how St. Viateur bagels aren’t like eating “an airball from the supermarket” (whew!), and while she didn’t think they were as good as a New York bagel, they were a “nice alternative”.
Bethenny finally relented, saying: “Shout-out to Montreal, you make a good bagel.”
Further accolades included: “Thumbs up for Montreal bagels,” and “It’s a nice bagel. I like it.”
What would she say about our poutine?
You don’t need to be a bagel connoisseur to know that the true test of a Montreal bagel happens at the source: straight from the wood-fire oven and into your mouth. They are iconic.
Tasted, tested, and ranked, Montreal’s top bakeries and shops make the best bagels in Montreal—and New York—hand-rolled and wood-fired.