Everyone has a favorite neighborhood food stop. There’s something special about the familiarity of faces, the friendly and fast service, and the fine food selection of your local eatery that keeps you going back for more. Whether you’re stopping in for breakfast or your morning coffee, grabbing lunch for later, or stocking up on cold cuts, nothing quite compares to your community canteen. The Long Island Bagel Café chain pays reverence to this all-American tradition, and delivers a tried-and-true experience that patrons of each of its eight locations are raving about.“Our basic belief is that we should pay homage to every neighborhood where we are located,” says Randy Narod, co-owner of Long Island Bagel Café. He and his business partner, Joe Anzalone, have conceived and implemented a winning formula: provide fresh, top-of-the-line products and commendable service, in a beautiful atmosphere for everybody to enjoy. And ever since they launched their first bagel cafe in 1999, they have fulfilled on each and every element.

With locations in Oceanside, Bellmore, Long Beach, Glen Cove, Nesconset, Howard Beach, and Baldwin, as well as New York City (Financial District), East Northport and Stony Brook, every Long Island Bagel Café is best known for its hand-rolled bagels, which are baked fresh to perfection, on location. They also boast a massive selection of cream cheeses, fresh fruit and chopped salad stations. Further setting it apart from other bagel shops and delicatessens, Long Island Bagel Café offers other savory delights, including hand-sliced Nova Scotia salmon lox, homemade cheese Danishes, apple turnovers, chocolate cigars, and Randy’s favorite, black and white cookies. Topping it off are some of the most unique soups to ever hit Long Island. “One of our most famous items is called the Louisiana Steak Soup,” Randy describes. “People go crazy over it.”

Each Long Island Bagel Café provides a sit-down area in which to eat. “Most people need to be somewhere, and Long Island Bagel Café can be their quick stop,” Randy explains, recognizing that many people need to grab and go. “But for those who want to stay, relax, eat and drink, we have tables and seating.” The laid-back dining areas can hold anywhere from 15 to 40 people. Additionally, Long Island Bagel Cafés offer extensive catering services for all occasions, ranging from casual get-togethers to corporate gatherings, and featuring numerous make-your-own sandwich options, panini assortments, and cookie and fresh fruit platters.

Looking to the future, Randy hopes to strengthen the ties each Long Island Bagel Café has within the communities they serve. “We don’t like to look at our customers as just another person,” he beams: “We like to look at them as, well, a fan.” He is referring to the book, “Raving Fans: A Revolutionary Approach to Customer Service,” which points out that customers can be viewed like ball team fanatics. “Wherever they go, they’ll know they can come to any location and get that same spectacular product we offer,” he explains. Randy and Joe plan to continue expanding the operation and promoting the Long Island Bagel Café brand. As Randy says, “Every neighborhood should have its own Long Island Bagel Café.”