New York Bagel may overdo the bagel theme, but I’m glad they do.

Located in the Panache Plaza on Perkins Road, the subsidiary of the Lee Drive restaurant of the same name is much smaller, but no less tasty. I lunched with my husband and his business partner on a Thursday afternoon. Apparently that was just the thing to do that day as we struggled to find seating in the exceptionally crowded, very minimal dining area of the sandwich shop.

While we peered about the restaurant, we were greeted by a friendly cashier who handed us a menu. Just as we decided on our orders and headed to place them, we were lucky to find the other lunch patrons on their way out of the door, leaving ample space for us to find a table.

As a New Jersey native, I love a good bagel and I can honestly say that New York Bagel has them. Ironically I’ve never eaten a bagel with anything other than cream cheese, so seeing a menu with nearly 20 sandwich options made my decision tough.

I finally settled on the Brooklyn Bomber on an asiago bagel ($6.99). It’s deli chicken breast with melted Havarti cheese, homemade spicy mayo and tomatoes. The spicy mayo really made the sandwich. Served with bagel chips and garden veggie cream cheese made fresh at the Lee Drive location, my tummy felt right at home as I unabashedly devoured everything but my plastic tray.

My husband ordered the BBQ Bronx ($7.19). The menu describes the sandwich as juicy beef brisket topped with Smokey Reserve barbecue sauce and onions on a hoagie roll with a kosher dill pickle.

After one bite, he looked up and said simply, “mine’s good.”

“Really good barbecue sauce, savory as described,” my husband continued. “It has a good taste to it.”

However, as much as he enjoyed his sandwich, he would have preferred a different chip option. His business partner chimed in that the restaurant overdoes the bagel theme. I wasn’t complaining, though.

Trying out the soup with his sandwich, my other lunch guest ordered the Manhattan Skyscraper on a plain bagel — hot pastrami with melted mozzarella cheese, deli mustard, lettuce, tomato and shredded onions ($7.09) — and broccoli and cheese soup ($4.50 individually, $3.50 with specialty sandwich).

He was also a simple guy when it came to commenting on his meal.

“My sandwich is juicy and hot,” he offered.

He did appear to be more thrilled by his soup, saying the ingredients tasted fresh and that it was a good texture sprinkled with chunks of broccoli.

While the meal hit the spot and the service was pleasant, we unfortunately agreed that we would likely not dine there again. It really all has to do with the size of the restaurant and its far-off location from our respective work places.

We do, however, have plans to visit its roomy parent location in the near future.

Also, I am likely semi-addicted to that garden veggie cream cheese which could be a problem, as it can be purchased by the pound ($5.99).

New York Bagel Company

8342 Perkins Road, Suite Q (Panache Plaza)

PHONE: (225) 769-0224

HOURS: 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday

nybagelcompany.com