Zabar’s Cream Cheese Spread

Zabar’s Cream Cheese Spread can take your bagels to the next level. Zabar’s is located in New York City, it a well-loved deli that locals adore.

Zabar's cream cheese spread on a bagel.

You must be wondering what makes this cream cheese extra special? Sure, anyone can open up a package of cream cheese and simply spread it onto a bagel. When you simply spread a cream cheese out of a package you may get a thick hard to spread cheese. Cream cheese spread is something completely different.

Zabar’s cream cheese spread is packed full of flavor and it is light and fluffy. The cream cheese spread that is light and fluffy helps any toppings you want to add taste even better. Sour cream and seasonings are added to this cream cheese spread to make it taste even better.

At Zabar’s you can get their cream cheese spreads in three flavors: plain, scallion, and vegetable. You can easily turn this recipe into the scallion type by adding a couple of tablespoons of sliced scallions to the cream cheese spread.

If you aren’t lucky enough to go to Zabar’s you can still enjoy cream cheese just like they have by using this copycat recipe.

Cream cheese spread from Zabar's on a bagel.

Looking for more great cheese spreads? Be sure to try these!

Parmesan Cheese Spread
Farmers Market Pimento Cheese Spread
Liptauer Cheese Spread

This came out of a cookbook called New York Cookbook by Molly O’Neal. This features many New York City Restaurant Recipes, as well as many other dishes that are famous in New York City.

Zabar's cream cheese spread on a bagel.

Zabar’s Cream Cheese Spread – make your bagels special.

Zabar's in New York City does something extra to their cream cheese spread to make it more spreadable. 
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Zabar's Cream Cheese Spread
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 18
Calories: 99kcal


  • 1 pound cream cheese room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup chopped Scallion


  • Combine the cream cheese, sour cream, salt, and garlic powder in a large bowl and stir until well mixed and smooth. Stir in the scallions. Serve on crackers or toasted bagel rounds. Makes about 4 cups


Calories: 99kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 102mg | Potassium: 51mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 405IU | Vitamin C: 0.6mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 0.1mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Phyllis

    5 stars
    I’m a NYC native who lived around the block from Zabar’s for 15 years – in fact I moved to that apartment BECAUSE it was around the block from Zabar’s! I know that this recipe is 100% authentic and I’d testify about it on court if I have to! Seriously, I’ve enjoyed Zabar’s goodies for 45 years so I know: Zabar’s lists ingredients on the package, 👍 I live downtown in Chelsea now but can just hop on a subway to Zabar’s any time. I’ve tried scallion cream cheese at other gournet emporiums but none compares to Zabar’s. Same is true about many other items, lime hetring on cream sauce with onions. Never liked it as a kid but love it at Zabar’s 😋

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