Though it feels like a hundred years of hot takes ago, it was just yesterday that New York gubernatorial hopeful Cynthia Nixon whipped everyone into a frenzy when she placed a now-infamous order at legendary New York bagel spot Zabar's. On her menu? Lox, capers, red onions, cream cheese and tomatoes… on a cinnamon-raisin bagel.
Yes, I like to eat a Cinnamon Raisin Bagel with… lox, capers, red onions, cream cheese, and tomatoes.
— Cynthia Nixon (@CynthiaNixon) September 11, 2018
Say what you will about politics, but the one things that'll really get New Yorkers riled up is a discussion about bagels. Even before addressing the sweet, savory and cinnamon-spiced concoction, some people took issue with the choice of bagel itself.
https://twitter.com/mimisheraton/status/1039560638954123271There were the societal takes — what does the bagel order and coverage of it mean for us as humans?
The problem with things like the Cynthia Nixon bagel choice flap is these things start as fake outrage, but some people are so used to being outraged they decide to become real outraged and then it becomes a story and just… no one can tell who is mad or why or if they should be
— Brady Dale (@BradyDale) September 11, 2018
Maybe the hysteria over Cynthia Nixon's bagel order is why people hate New York: There's an unspoken way to do everything, and no one will tell you you're "wrong" they'll just point and laugh
— Eva Kis (@thisiskis) September 11, 2018
Then, of course, there were the people who just couldn't stomach the thought of smoked fish, sweet spiced raisins, raw onions and capers all on one sandwich.
This is all I will say about the Cynthia Nixon bagel controversy: I loathe capers. Thank you for coming to my TED talk.
— Ginger Clark (@Ginger_Clark) September 11, 2018
The real question on a lot of people's minds, however, was simpler. Is this a bagel combination that other people actually eat? Or did Nixon just pull this one out of thin air? Well, apparently she's not the only one who counts a cinnamon raisin and lox sandwich as her regular order (though it's definitely rare), and while it sounds strange initially, at least a handful of people went out to try it for themselves today.
Confirming my earlier tweet, I am currently eating the @CynthiaNixon bagel for lunch and it’s great. You can smell the cinnamon if you look for it, but the other ingredients dominate. The moisture from the tomato tempers the onion and brings out the butteriness of the lox. pic.twitter.com/TSwmQGH9hK
— Daniela Galarza (@superdaniela) September 11, 2018
— samantha (@previtee) September 11, 2018
if you are clutching your pearls over cynthia nixon’s bagel, get to NYC and order a sweet bagel with savory toppings & clutch your pearls over the party in your mouth. that combo is friggin delicious… & soon to be listed on deli menus everywhere as “the govenor”.
— rader (@comraderly) September 11, 2018
— Isaias T (@isayasstamarit) September 11, 2018
It reminds me of when Joey ate Rachel's trifle/shepherd's pie at Thanksgiving on Friends. What's not to like? Cinnamon-raisin bagel with cream cheese, good. Lox and cream cheese, good. Lox and bagels, good! That being said, some people were a little embarrassed about getting swept up in the bagel craze.
I bought the Cynthia Nixon bagel but am too embarrassed to eat it around coworkers ama
— ℳikhail Kliment-oven baked turkey 🦃 (@LeaderGrev) September 11, 2018
Lesson? There are worse things a political candidate could do than try out an unusual bagel combination.
Tbh I’m not offended by Cynthia Nixon’s bagel order. I could give a shit what type of bagel you want with what toppings. I’ve made every possible combination while working in coffee shops. The real offenders are the people who ask for their bagel to be scooped!!!!!!!!
— Liz S. Dean (@lizsdean) September 11, 2018
Just never, never ask for your bagel to be scooped or you might literally be asked to leave the city of New York.