Imagine a hybrid of two iconic New York treats--the bagel and the soft pretzel. Now toast it and slather it in Nutella.
Meet our latest obsession: the simit, a magical creation found at new Upper West Side bakery Simit + Smith.
Simit, which are warm and hearty like a bagel (but thinner) and slightly crunchy like a pretzel, are a customary breakfast food in Turkey. Typically, the sesame bread is baked in a twisted ring shape and served with feta cheese and tomato alongside a hot cup of morning tea.
For the New York crowd, Simit + Smith kicks it up a notch by serving wheat and whole-grain varieties, as well as savory sandwiches on any of the bread types, even a hero-style roll of the same recipe. (We’re definitely going back to try the roast beef with Dijon mustard, arugula and Gruyère, $7.)
Until now, traditional simit have been notoriously hard to find in New York. But this 72nd Street location is only the first of 20 stores scheduled to open within the next few years. (The Financial District is up next.)
Bagels, your days may be numbered.
124 W. 72nd St. (between Columbus and Amsterdam aves.); 212-496-6605 or simitandsmith.com