There is a very simple answer to the question of which is better, New York City or Montreal bagels. Neither because, for me, it is like comparing apples and oranges. That said, nothing compares to real Montreal bagels from St. Viateur Street.
NYC and Montreal bagels have devoted followings, and preferences may vary depending on personal taste and regional affinity. Ultimately, it’s a matter of individual preference for which bagel style is more appealing.