L.E.S. Bagels Opens in McKinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio

January 2, 2019

Deep in the heart of Fort Bonifacio is the magical land called McKinley Hill. Here, amidst the high-rise BPO buildings and the coffee shops filled with people on Apple products, an upscale residential area has successfully developed. Unsurprisingly, a crop of new restaurants, pubs, diners, and delis have also sprouted up in the neighbourhood to cater to the community. L.E.S. Bagels is the newest addition to this cluster of food establishments.

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L.E.S. Bagles quietly opened its doors to the public only last August. Searching for them on Google yields only five relevant results.The place is so new, you won’t even find it on Munchpunch yet.

L.E.S. Bagels carries 10 different sweet and savory bagels and an array of more than a dozen types of cream cheese.

True to their namesake, the shop  specializes in the New York staple of bagels and cream cheese. L.E.S. Bagels carries around 10 different sweet and savory bagels priced at PHP 40 each, and an array of more than a dozen types of cream cheese to choose from, which you can purchase by the tub, too.

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The team behind L.E.S. Bagels comprises of Patrick Santos, Albert Besa, and Chef Cuit Kaufman. If those names ring a bell, it’s because they’re the same guys behind other New York-inspired kitchens such as Nolita and Borough.

Check out some of these L.E.S. Bagels creations:

Onion Bagel + Bacon and Garlic Cream Cheese

The L.E.S. Addiction: Pumpernickel Bagel + Scallion Cream Cheese + Lox + Tomato + Red Onions + Capers

Black Russian (Pumpernickel with Sesame Seeds) Bagel + Garlic and Chive Cream Cheese

L.E.S. Bagels also serves sandwiches, this interesting Egg Cream drink (which tastes like a chocolate milk soda), and a variety of yummy pastries (which was what Chef Kaufman was originally known for).

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If you ever have a hankering for a bite of The Big Apple, hop on over to L.E.S. Bagels at McKinley Hill. Mix and match the bagels with the cream cheeses and insist on getting your food exactly the way you want it (just like a real New Yorker would). Does the sound of a Cinnamon Bagel with Apple-Cinnamon cream cheese make your mouth water? How about a Garlic bagel with Sundried Tomato and Basil cream cheese? I don’t know about you, but I’m getting hungry.

 Will bagels be the next big food trend to hit Manila?

Like the  Cronuts and Ramen Burgers of three days ago the past, will Bagels be the next big food trend to hit Manila? Will we wake up one day to pastry shops and bakeries plastered with Try Our Bagels(!) posters? Does anyone else think it’s weird that they named a shop along Upper McKinley Road after the Lower East Side? Will they start making Cragels (Bagossiants?) now? Could this be the start of something new? Let’s wait and see.

Sound off in the comments section below.

L.E.S. Bagels
Tuscany Residences
Upper McKinley Road, McKinley Hill,
Fort Bonifacio
Tel. Nos. +632-804-0423

Mikka Wee Mikka Wee

Mikka Wee is former editor of Pepper.ph and was part of the team until she got whisked away to Singapore in 2016 where she worked in advertising and eventually found herself back in the food industry. She currently does marketing work for two popular Singaporean dessert brands and is a weekly columnist for The Philippine Daily Inquirer’s lifestyle brand, Preen.ph. She has always been crazy about travel, food, and her dog Rocket.

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25 responses to “L.E.S. Bagels Opens in McKinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio”

  1. Bimbo says:

    Uyyy… mukhang ayus ‘to ah! Ito siguro ang mga laman ng panaginip ni Sandy Cohen 🙂

    • D Camacho says:

      Sandy Cohen and bagels! Hahah thanks for the OC nostalgia trip. :))

      On bagels, I’ve been ordering bagels with cream cheese from Country Style since high school (they have a stall there) but they never did catch on. That’s good though since I want my bagels to myself! :))

      • Mikka Wee says:

        Dianaaaa! You should go here. I think what sets this apart from Country Style (and other bagel stores for that matter), is the variety offered! Check it out: 10 different bagels, 14 different cream cheeses. How can you go wrong with that?!!

    • Maybe all it takes is a celebrity to Instagram or Tweet it and suddenly, the country will be in a bagel frenzy, but I doubt it. Filipinos, with our perpetual sweet tooth, tend to fall for the sweeter treats (donuts, cupcakes, cronuts, etc.) and since bagels are savory for the most part, I don’t think they will catch up with the popularity of their saccharine pastry counterparts. I can imagine a cult following, though, especially from among the expats and transplanted New Yorkers who consider bagels as their brunch staples. So exciting! I love how our local eatery scene is globalizing.

    • Mikka Wee says:

      Loving the Sandy Cohen reference 🙂

  2. Nico Goco says:

    there used to be a bagel shop in greenbelt, but that was waaaaaay back 🙂

    the shop looks nice, and look at the size of those homemade oreos! bagels, lox, and cream cheese is a classic, and so is the egg cream. i may not be able to eat here everyday, pero looks good for comfort food. 🙂

  3. Oh my God finally! A decent bagel and schmear place! The price seems reasonable! The one that they sell in Starbucks is good, but it only comes in one flavor (Multigrain). I can’t wait to go to this place. Thanks for the tip, Mikka!

  4. Joanna Malinis says:

    AAAGH BAGELS 8D

  5. Addi dela Cruz says:

    Why in McKinley, WHYYY.

  6. Daniela de Gracia says:

    I WANT SOME.

  7. nameless says:

    Their Blueberry Cream Cheese was good. :3 The brownies were good, too. :3 It was a heavenly treat, since it’s quite a walk from our office.

  8. vm_yap says:

    Bagel for P40, thats cheap considering where its located. Country Style is selling one for I think around P60 or so.

  9. Katrina says:

    Will TRY to wake up early on Sunday and drag my sleepy butt all the way to McKinley from QC. Bageeeeeels!!!

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  11. Russ says:

    I hope you mention the store hours next time, I went there and asked. They open at 7am in the morning the earliest.

    • common sense says:

      pointing out the obvious here, but you could have called them before going there.

      • Russ says:

        I went there cause it was near the office and the walk there was an adventure of my own. The purpose of the comment was to help out, I hope that was obvious too.

  12. Love this place and so happy they opened…bagels and lox, hooray!!! I don’t think that a bagel falls anywhere near the same category as a cronut in terms of trendy-ness. A cronut is trendy but, in my humble opinion, bagels are more trad. I can see myself tiring of cronuts and their ilk, at least for a while, but I’ll always be looking for good bagels! 🙂

  13. Xine says:

    There used to be a bagel and bialy place in megamall… I miss it. I can’t wait to try these out.

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  15. Tina A says:

    Oh man, memoriieees~ There’s just something about the simple cream cheese bagel that hits the good-morning-spot. Philadelphia cream cheese and grocery store-bought bagels barely come close. 🙁 I need to visit this place soon!!! And lol at cragels. The bagel is perfect the way it is. <3

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