Bagels, Lox, & Schmear. If you’ve never had a New York City bagel, odds are you haven’t really had a bagel. Puffed to perfection, a little bit chewy, and slightly sweet, Gotham’s got the technique perfected. Whether it’s catered-in brunch or the hangover helper, bagels are bound to make the spread. And if you’re feeling really New York, the classic Lox & Schmear (smoked salmon and cream cheese) can be found easier than an inexpensive box of cereal. New York Normal.