My New York Food: Zosia Mamet


Barney Greengrass

New York swallowed me whole at first; I felt like I was climbing a ladder slathered in oil. Eventually I Goldilocksed my way to the UWS and Barney Greengrass. The bagel: crisp on the outside maintaining soft innards, blanketed with thick cream cheese and laden with buttery lox to create a perfect bite. Paired with the tart kick of freshly squeezed orange juice. Sublimity … I became a regular. When the cashier asked me one day if I wanted “the usual,” I knew I’d gotten my wings. The city was now mine to swallow, one bite at a time.

Zosia Mamet

Illustration by Bijou Karman