Written byPhil Sparr
The tyranny of Einstein’s is over. Real bagels have arrived and they’re something Denver (and many other cities not called “New York”) has beenlacking for a long time. While everyone else around town is opening globalsmall plate restaurants named something like Noun & Adjective, Rosenberg’s is operating from the heart of Five Points with a modern take on the traditional Jewish deli.
Rosenberg’s bagels are special because they’re boiled in New York water. How? In lieu of redirecting the Hudson River to Colorado with a series of canals, Rosenberg’s set up a filtration system to mimic the mineral content of NYC’s water. The result of all the water manipulation is bagels that are crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside, just as god intended.
Things are going so well with this authentic bagel operation that Rosenberg’s is currently expanding into an adjacent space to make room for a bigger kitchen and a bakery. Hell, New York itself is even taking notice. That means you should probably get down here and eat one of their excellent smoked fish sandwiches, instead of whatever you’re about to put in your mouth with Asiago cheese and jalapeño on it.
It’s been real Einstein’s, but we’re moving on.
If you’re going with a basic schmear, our bagel selections rotate between poppy, everything, egg everything, onion, and pumpernickel. When available, snag an old-timey bialy too.
Perfectly classic combination of gravlax, a schmear, and fixins.
With Scottish smoked salmon and whitefish salad, this is a slightly different take on the classic bagel and lox, but it’s fantastic.
Fancy pantses can ball out with caviar cream cheese and heirloom tomatoes here, and we fully support it.
Egg, Meat & Cheese
A solid AM play, especially on an egg everything bagel. Get the bacon or Taylor ham for best results.
Absolutely ridiculous. A griddled cinnamon raisin bagel comes with egg, sausage and syrup. It’s a breakfast plate in one bite and it’s how you should start the rest of your mornings for eternity.
The Jersey Boy
Taylor ham + American cheese on the egg everything bagel. Pass that ketchup (or is it catsup?). NOBODY KNOWS.
Don’t Tell Ya Mother
You won’t get the massive portions or marble rye like you might at Katz’s Deli in NYC, but Rosenberg’s griddled belly ham with swiss on a poppy seed is plenty tasty.
Hot pastrami, close slaw, swiss, mustard. Do it. For sides, snag the cucumber salad or whitefish salad or some matzo ball soup.