New Yorkers went nuts this week when New York governor hopeful, and Sex and the City’s Miranda, Cynthia Nixon hit Zabar’s on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and ordered an unusual bagel combo. Look, us New Yorkers are very sensitive about our bagels — and this did not go over well.
Her order: a cinnamon-raisin bagel with cream cheese, lox, red onion, tomato, and capers — “a full load,” as she instructed the counter staffer.
And, according to the actress-turned-political hopeful, she eats this thing every day. “That’s my go-to brunch, breakfast, whether I’m out or I’m home,” she said. “It’s pretty delicious. And I say, don’t yuck my yum. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it."
OK, maybe it’s strangely delish, but how does she maintain a healthy body with this carb-cheese bomb as her daily breakfast? Consider the feedback from a famed New York Chef, who told The Feast just how many calories are in this extremely unhealthful concoction.
“Cynthia Nixon continues to torture New York’s hospitality industry,” says Seth Levine, executive chef at Hotel Chantelle.
"First she advocates to get rid of the uber-important tip credit, which most restaurants agree would cripple our industry. Now she further tortures the community asking to construct a monster calorie-filled bagel faux pas, which makes a Big Mac look healthy.”
He did a calorie count for The Feast that’ll knock your socks off.
“This order gets her close to 1,000 calories!” he estimates. “A cinnamon raisin bagel is approximately 370 calories, a ‘full load’ of cream cheese is over 450 calories, four slices of nova is another 120 calories. Add those healthy items like tomato, capers, and onions, and you’re at 1,000! Almost double a Big Mac. Wonder if her campaign is being sponsored by Lipitor?”
Oof, those are spread-related fighting words.
Although Nixon shouldn’t change her order to suit anyone but herself, let's state for the record the common New York way to order a bagel: scooped out, toasted, light schmear of cream cheese. And, ideally for good health, consumed in moderation.
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