They are world famous, those New York bagels, and for good reason. No one else seems to be able to quite duplicate that chewy interior lovingly encased in a substantially crispy shell. Now the world capital of bagels will be famous for one more thing linked to its greatest all-time nosh: the sliced bagel tax. That is correct, the Empire State is levying a tax on sliced bagels, cream cheesed bagels and even whole bagels, under certain circumstances.
Pay close attention, because not only is the bagle tax amusing, it is quite precise as well. According to CNN Money, a bagel will be taxed if sliced, given any kind of topping or preparation (say a little lox) in the store, even just plain, if eaten on the premises. The only way a hungry customer can ensure his bagels are untaxable is for them to be tossed in a bag and for him to hoof it out of the store as fast as possible.