N, R at 8th St.-NYU
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4th St. to 14th St., Ave. C to Tenth Ave.
The staff at Bagel Bob's credits their trademark mix of high-gluten flour and New York water as the difference in their 14 varieties of Kosher, boiled and baked creations. But this secret house recipe doesn't explain the success of the other goodies here that attract a steady stream of NYU students, professors, and neighbors, who routinely gather at the store's windowed counter and round tables for a quick bite. Lunch sandwiches are Herculean in size, while the selection of wraps and paninisólike the roasted-pork and pickled Cubanóis equally dizzying. That is, if you're not already distracted by the display case crowned with trays of oversized muffins and crumb cakes still cooling in baking pans.Recommended Dishes
Egg bagel with plain cream cheese, $1.99; Cuban panini, $5.95