The charges lobbed against Councilman Larry Seabrook (D-Bronx) by federal investigators are pretty stunning, but one count stands out from the rest: The allegation that the third-term politician doctored a $7 receipt for a bagel and drink so he was reimbursed $177. Thankfully, the city's press corps has followed up to see whether a $177 bagel exists, and if so, what it tastes like.

Though it's unclear exactly which shop sold Seabrook the infamous bagel, insiders familiar with the Councilman's dining habits suggest it's Bits Bites & Baguettes on Park Place, where the most expensive bagel features sliced Nova lox, whitefish salad or baked salmon salad, cream cheese, lettuce, tomato and Bermuda onion for $8.95, according to the Times. Even at the city's most posh eateries, like the Loews Regency Hotel on Park Avenue and Norma's at Le Parker Meridien Hotel on West 56th Street, bagels top out at $28 (smoked salmon, tomato, red onion and cream cheese) and $23 (five ounces of smoked salmon and three kinds of caviar).

For $177, Chef Karine Bakhoum told the Post she'd serve a pumpernickel bagel with Scottish smoked salmon, an ounce of Osetra caviar, a spread of créme fraiche, a few slices of red onion and tomato, and a sprinkle of lemon or lime. "You want to be able to taste each of the luxurious ingredients, especially if you're spending that kind of money," said Bakhoum. Chef Ed Brown, of Eight One, suggested a bagel with pork belly and shaved French black truffles. "The only challenge would be to keep it under 177 bucks," he said.

Of course, Seabrook could have asked for a reimbursement of $1,000—or more!—for a bagel with Alba white truffle cream cheese and goji berry infused Riesling jelly with golden leaves, which was once served at the Westin Hotel.