National Bagels & Lox Day: What the NYC mayoral candidates put on their favorite bagel by the Forward

National Bagels & Lox Day: What the NYC mayoral candidates put on their favorite bagel

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For National Bagels and Lox Day, which recognizes one of America’s favorite bagel combinations, we asked 10 of New York City’s leading mayoral candidates what they put on their favorite bagel type. Perhaps to nobody’s surprise, the eight candidates who responded to our questionnaire were split on their choices.

In line with the classic Jewish cuisine of eating a bagel with lox are Scott Stringer, the city’s comptroller; Ray McGuire, a former Citigroup executive; Maya Wiley, former counsel to Mayor Bill de Blasio; Shaun Donovan, former HUD Secretary; and Kathryn Garcia, former commissioner of the Department of Sanitation.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, who recently underwent a plant-based diet to help with his diabetes, said that by cutting carbohydrates and sugars, “missing out on bagel is a real challenge.” But, for him, lox was never an option even before the diet.

Andrew Yang, who is probably cutting costs for a rainy day, seems fine with just a schmear of scallion cream cheese. Councilman Carlos Menchaca from Brooklyn is a ‘plain cream cheese’ guy.

Read the full answers below:

Scott Stringer: Everything bagel with lox and tomato.

Andrew Yang: Whole wheat bagel with scallion cream cheese.

Eric Adams: As a plant-based New Yorker who’s reversed his Type 2 diabetes by cutting carbohydrates and sugars, missing out on bagels is a real challenge! I loved a good cinnamon raisin bagel with cream cheese, and now I make my own bread with flaxseed and vegan cheese.

Ray McGuire: Zucker’s everything bagel with light cream cheese and lox.

Maya Wiley: I can’t resist an everything bagel with cream cheese and lox from Catskill Bagel on Cortelyou.

Shaun Donovan: Onion (not toasted!) with smoked salmon and chive cream cheese.

Kathryn Garcia: I love an everything bagel - open face - with cream cheese, a slice of tomato, capers, lox, and onion, from Bagel Hole in Brooklyn.

Carlos Menchaca: Sesame bagel with plain cream cheese.


Jacob Kornbluh

Jacob Kornbluh

Jacob Kornbluh is the Forward’s senior political reporter. Follow him on Twitter @jacobkornbluh or email

What NYC mayoral candidates put on their favorite bagel

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