New York: Plush, inviting, rich, and savory, the NY bagel's flavor profile has a simple honesty that will make you love it all the more. It tastes like whatever you want it to be -- and the dizzying array of schmears you can put on it make it even better. Plus, toasting is a huge element of the taste of a New York bagel, and most institutions will give you the option to get your bagel charred and steaming. The perfect breakfast vehicle.
Montreal: Subtly sweet but solidly bready, the Montreal bagel tastes like a slightly more sugary Italian loaf that's been condensed into a ring shape. Most purist bagelries in Quebec won't give you the option to toast your bagel, however, owing to the belief that the bagel's flavor speaks for itself and needs no modification.
The Edge -- New York
In the end, nothing beats the versatility of a New York bagel. It's malleable, it's adaptable to a variety of palates, and the savoriness adds an extra kick of flavor that just isn't present in the Montreal-style's unsalted recipe.
The world champion bagel -- New York In this great debate, we can only look at the qualities we each search for in a great bagel in order to determine who takes the crown -- and, in this case, the New York bagel reigns supreme. The Montreal bagel has a storied history and put up a great fight with its unique mix of sweet and dense, but when it comes down to it, a bagel is a vessel. It is your vessel, for whatever customizations you want to add to it. The New York bagel is all about you, and that is its greatest strength. It just wants to make you happy, and that's what it does.
Also, it's much better than a breakfast taco.
Adam Lapetina is a food/drink staff writer at Thrillist, and a noted anti-scooping activist. Follow him to everything bagels with jalapeño cream cheese at @adamlapetina.