Rise And Shine With Brendelís
By Danny Schrafel/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Breakfast, were told, is the most important meal of
the day. When done correctly, it provides energy, a kick-start
to the metabolism and all sorts of other good stuff
and Brendels can help.
Open since Christmas Eve 2009, Brendels Bagels &
Eaterys Huntington location on Walt Whitman Road offers
a wide selection of Jewish delicatessen staples and recipes
with an imaginative twist. After all, their tagline boasts
of gourmet food and catering solutions that blend traditional
tastes with refreshing creativity. Theyve had plenty
of experience with this mantra in Westbury, where theyve
been a presence for four years.
Inside, Brendels is clean and modern, bursting at the
seams with goodies for just about any time of day. You have
a stacked salad bar, a Boars Head deli, panini, bagels
and the delightful bakery case, sure to bring forth any dieters
Stop one during our visit was the bagel case, and with 16
varieties of bagels and seven choices on the flagel/bialy
front, theres something for just about every palate,
from bacon-cheddar to French toast and everything in between.
Then mix in about a dozen cream cheese choices, and its
tricky not to find something you like. If bagels dont
do it for you, there are plenty of muffins to go around as
Or, you can stuff a bagel, a wrap or hero, which is what we
did. Brendels has suggestions on their menu; check out
the Hungry Man ($5.99), which comes with three eggs, three
strips of bacon, two slices of ham, two sausages and cheese
on a hero. Dont shy away from going off the board, though.
We filled a slightly crispy-on-the-outside, soft and fluffy-on-the-inside,
sesame bagel with egg whites, bacon, spinach and turkey for
$5 and got a cup of fresh coffee for the road. Set up in a
do-it-yourself island with as many as eight pots going at
once, theres plenty of variety and lots of teas to choose
Lunchtime brings dozens more decisions go for the Boars
Head deli case, the dozens of salads, fire up a panini, or
get a vegetarian wrap and add a cup of soup. The choices are
just about endless even a bit overwhelming. We tried
the balsamic grilled chicken salad, ($8.99/lb.; $6.49/sandwich,)
complete with basil leaves and tomato in a balsamic glaze
with a little kick. Shrimp salad ($12.99/lb.; $7.99/sandwich)
boasts fresh, tender and substantial prawns in a mild mayonnaise
dressing with bits of celery and tomato.
If youre thinking something on the way out, scoop up
the parfaits and fruit cups. They also just got a smoothie
machine last week, and the banana-vanilla yogurt smoothie,
which they were graciously sampling during our visit, is a
great choice for the road light, fresh, balanced flavors
and not heavy at all.
Brendels is kind of like Disney World: Even if you spend
a week there trying all the rides, youll just scratch
the surface. So make friends, stick around for a while and
take it all in.
Bagels & Eatery of New York
133 Walt Whitman Road
Atmosphere: Clean, cozy eatery
Cuisine: Jewish deli, bagels and heaps more
Hours: Mon. Sat. 5 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sun. 5 a.m.-5 p.m.