As I've mentioned before I've been doing a lot of work at the Bobst library near Washington Square lately. This has given me the opportunity to re-evaluate my assessment of Murry's bagels. After 4 trips over the past week I have to downgrade them from top-notch to 'will do in a pinch'. Although, as CF points out, they do top both sides of their everything bagels, the odds of getting a warm bagel are slim--even during the overcrowded lunch time. This is especially problematic because they won't toast their bagels on account of their 'freshness'. If you don't go during the crowded times, though, you can get a pretty tough ring-o boiled dough that requires the warm touch of a toaster to make delicious. Although I've not had them mess up any orders like others on the blog, they do cost 2.7X, which is more than their W-burg competitors.
On the brighter side of things, I've been to Bagelsmith twice in the past month and been happily surprised. So, all things considered, my favorite bagel options are not dwindling in size, though they are certainly all congregating in the same geographical location.