The New York and New Jersey natives in our office confirm: This Is It’s bagels are the closest thing to the chewy NYC ideal that they’ve been able to find in Honolulu. Steve and Mona Gelson have been in the bagel business since 1978, when they opened up Hawaiian Bagel. Today, they crank out 10 varieties of bagels, still boiled and baked on boards the old-fashioned way, as well as sandwiches, salads and probably Hawaii’s only bialy. Steve says good bagels are all about the basics. “We use the best ingredients we can find, and our hearts are in it, which really makes the product better,” he says. 443 Cooke St., 597-1017; 1001 Bishop St #102, 526-2280.