Carb-counting New Yorkers demanding inside of bagels scooped out
The New York bagel isn't dying -- it's just wounded.
Carb-counting New Yorkers -- who want to diet but can't bear to give up their bagels and shmear -- are demanding the soft guts of their doughy circles professionally removed, leaving behind only a crusty carcass to nosh on.
It's called "scooped out," and it's the disfigured version of the Jewish delicacy that is quickly becoming the norm among New Yorkers -- and driving bagel purists and purveyors bonkers.
"They're all making me nuts with the scooping!" fumed Joel Baruch, owner of Gotta Get a Bagel in Woodmere, LI. "Ninety percent of my customers order it like that and it drives me absolutely crazy. But you have to give them what they want."
Ashley Morrisette, 25, a nanny who lives in Brooklyn, said she started ordering her bagel "scooped out" after she overheard someone in line doing the same.
"I was curious about it when I heard someone else do it," said Morrisette, who said she often grabs a bagel for breakfast simply because it's easy to eat on the go. "I didn't notice much of a difference in taste. It's just a lot less bread, which is good."
But ordering your breakfast "scooped out" might be more about your mind than your waistline.
"You're saving maximum 75 calories by scooping it out," said nutritionist Marissa Lippert. "The bigger picture is how often you're having a bagel. They pack a lot of empty calories, but they're delicious."