Even though we’re smitten with Action Bronson’s “Only For Dolphin’s” sandwich, you can’t come to Utopia in Whitestone and not get an everything toasted with cream cheese. The place has been around since 1980, cooking all the bagels in a carousel oven from 1947. And the ones they’re serving up are an exercise in balance. Their everything seasoning doesn’t completely overpower the surface of the bagel, which itself is slightly chewy, not too puffy, and has a perfect cream cheese ratio so there’s no spill-over from the sides when you take a bite.
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