‘EVERYBODY’S FREAKING OUT!’ NYC Faces ‘Major’ Cream Cheese Shortage

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There is disturbing news to share from the nation’s largest city: New Yorkers don’t have any cream cheese to schmear on their bagels.

“Without cream cheese, there is little reason to eat a bagel,” a GrubStreet.com writer mourned in a story titled, “Why the Cream Cheese Shortage Seems So Terrifying.”

“Sure, there is butter. And tofu cream cheese. And plenty of acceptable bagel sandwiches require no cream cheese at all. But for the people who want cream cheese — most people, of course — this is an accept-no-substitutions-type situation,” the writer wrote.

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The New York Times reports that the shortages are being blamed on supply chain issues. In other words, it’s President Biden’s fault that many Upper West Siders will have to eat dry bagels at Zabar’s.

“I’ve never been out of cream cheese for 30 years,” Joseph Yemma, the owner of F&H Dairies told The Times. “There’s no end in sight.”

“It’s been very weird things, and always the same story,” Christopher Pugliese, the owner of Tompkins Square Bagels in the East Village, said. “All of us behind the scenes, when you go into the shops, we’re all struggling to patch things together.”

Pugliese told The Times he had gotten a call from his dairy supplier telling him that the 800-pound order he was expecting on Friday would not be arriving.

“I was like, ‘What am I going to do this weekend?’” Mr. Pugliese said. “Four people just told me they can’t get me cream cheese.”

To help put this in perspective for our Southern readers — imagine being told there was no butter for your biscuits.