2 Amys is rightly known for having the best pizza in the city. Acting on a tip from the Washingtonian, I set out to see whether 2 Amys also has the best bagels in the city. Available only on Sundays, 2 Amys prepares homemade bagels and bialys that they bake in their wood-fire pizza oven. According to Washingtonian, the tangyness of the sourdough used to make them comes from using leftover whey (from their homemade cream cheese) instead of water. The result is indeed the best bagels (and bialys) in the city.
These are not traditional New York-style bagels. Instead they are larger, crispier, sourdough rolls with a slightly tangy taste. The bialys in particular look nothing like the traditional bialys you'd find in New York -- they're much bigger and crispier. Further, without the onion filling the partial hole of the bialy, it is hard to tell the difference between the bagel and the bialy (see photos). Not that this is a problem. In fact, I appreciate great variety in bagel and bialy preparation and these rolls are excellent. Nonetheless, those looking for a true New York-style bagel would not find one here.
The bagel experience is augmented by homemade cream cheese and house-smoked salmon. The cream cheese is very soft, almost whipped, which makes it very spreadable. The salmon is nicely smoked and mild, though it did have a few dark spots and imperfections.
And since we were at 2 Amys, we had to share a pizza, this time opting for the shrimp, tomato, and garlic pizza, which was outstanding.
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Tip Sheet: Best Bagels, Craft Cocktails, and Where to Wii [Washingtonian]
2 Amys [2 Amys Pizza]
2 Amys Neapolitan Pizzeria
3715 Macomb St. NW
Washington D.C. 20016
N.B. 2 Amys is not metro accessible. The closest metro is the Tenlytown stop, which is around a 15 minute walk. There are several buses that go to the area but the best way of getting there is by car or bike.
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