Enter, Zucker's Bagels and Smoked Fish. Over on Chambers St. this past Sunday, my prayers were answered. The perfect bagel and lox (minus a minor caper incident -- they don't really do anything for me) was presented to me alongside a gargantuan and much needed iced coffee. A slightly chewy yet toothsome bagel with the silky, salty nova lox, fresh tomato (not the least bit mealy), and piquant, crisp red onion. One of my all time favorite, perfect bites.
FINAL GRADE: 88
*It's hard to rate a deli-type joint as not much service is involved. They were totally decent, if not a tad unenthusiastic, but that's forgivable.