Let’s get something straight: There is only one true New York breakfast food. Don’t even try, cronut; it’s obviously the bagel. But now there’s a whole new spin on the staple.
Meet the stuffed mini bagel ball.
A new shop in the West Village, Bantam Bagels, is whipping up these little nuggets and possibly changing the entire game in its wake. (Yes, Momofuku Milk Bar also sells a variation, but this is a shop dedicated entirely to bagel balls.)
For the purists, there are plain, sesame and everything bagels filled with good old cream cheese or butter. (Four balls equal one full-size bagel.) But it’s the loaded numbers that are the real drool-inducers. For example, the “Weekend Brunch” is an everything bagel filled with lox, tomato and red-onion cream cheese. “The Hangover” takes a cheddar-cheese-and-egg bagel and stuffs it with bacon-cheddar cream cheese, then drizzles maple syrup on top.
Stop in for a couple on-the-go bites ($1.35 each; 3 for $3.50) or pick up a smattering for your next brunch soiree (24 for $22; 48 for $42). To reheat, just toast in the oven for a couple of minutes and get ready to make some inappropriate noises.
Bantam Bagels, 283 Bleecker St. (at Jones St.); bantambagels.com