These are the real deal. I can tell the "other guys" have a recipe and method that is "correct", but the texture and flavor never hit for me. Blazin Bagels on the other hand are spot on NYC. Bagged up like this they're not as good as buying them fresh in-store, but they're surprisingly great, and you know they're fresh and wholesome because they'll mold if you leave'm in the bag on the counter all week... you know like real food.
Shine, snap, chew, flavor - all of it. Their cream cheeses are the best as well. Everyone has their preferences but I can't understand anyone preferring the other offerings to these guys.