Mike Varley has eaten a lot of bagels. While walking five marathons a week over the course of 13 months with his wife Jessi, Varley tasted and reviewed hundreds of bagels from shops across all five boroughs. At the end of his bagel journeys, he cataloged over 200 bagel reviews and organized them on an interactive map. Now, Varley is taking his bagel expertise to the streets once more and teaming up with fellow bagel expert Sam Silverman, founder of NYC Bagel Tours, for a special series of bagel-centric walking tours.

A group of people sitting around a table covered in bagel samples for an NYC Bagel Tour

The “Everything is Everything” bagel tour series will take guests on a bagel-focused journey through one of New York City’s five boroughs. Guests will get to sample a variety of authentic bagels from different bakeries and delis, learn about the traditional methods of baking, and discover the cultural influences that have shaped the city’s bagel scene.

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“I walked over 7,000 miles and ate more bagels in 13 months than most folks do in a lifetime, and the ‘Everything is Everything’ routes highlight the very best bagels of each borough,” says Varley. “These tours were crafted with everyone in mind – be you a first-time visitor or a grizzled New York veteran, I’m confident you’ll find not only great bagels but a new perspective on the city itself.”

The “Everything is Everything” tour series led by Varley launched this February in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Tours in the Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island are coming soon. Tours run every other weekend with boroughs rotating on a consistent basis,

two women eat bagels on an NYC Bagel Tour

The new tour series is an addition to NYC Bagel Tours led by founder Sam Silverman in Manhattan and Brooklyn. These signature tours are offered Thursday through Sunday. The price of your tour ticket includes food samples. You’ll sample a variety of bagels, cream cheeses, and a classic sandwich like a BEC or a fully loaded lox! Everything is cut into ¼ so you can sample a wide variety throughout the tour (traditional, vegetarian, and vegan options available). You can purchase tickets for the Everything is Everything or classic NYC Bagel Tour through Untapped New York!

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