The Best Bagel Shops In New York City

The Best Bagel Shops In New York City


Everyone in New York has their favorite bagel shop. It's all about preference: What's the size of the bagel? Is it toasted just right? What are the cream cheese options? How much spread do they put on it? To try some of the best that the city has to offer, head to these amazing bagel shops and see how they rank according to your taste buds.

Ess-a-Bagel - Best for the Kosher Bagel

Location: Midtown East and Stuy Town, Manhattan

Ess-a-Bagel has been around since 1976. The line will be out the door on any given morning, with local New Yorkers and tourists waiting to get some of their delicious bagels. They also have a great selection of pastries, muffins, and cookies. This place is a must for anyone who hasn't been.

H&H Bagels - Best Bagels on the UES

Location: Upper East Side, Manhattan

Ask any Upper East Sider, and they'll most likely tell you about their love for H&H Bagels. Some say it's the warm, soft bagels that make any sandwich or spread that much better. Whatever their secret is, there's a line down the block every Sunday.

Best Bagel & Coffee - Best Hand-Rolled Bagels

Location: Chelsea, Manhattan

Best Bagel & Coffee's hand-rolled and kettle-boiled bagels are... well, the best. They are made daily in the shop with all-natural flavors and they even have gluten-free bagels. The line may look long, but don’t worry, it moves quickly. Warning: They’re not open on Sundays.

Hot Jumbo - Best for Bagels 24/7

Location: Midtown East, Manhattan

NY Hot Jumbo Bagels is popular among the locals in Midtown East, especially in the early hours of the morning after a night of drinking. You can even have them delivered right to your apartment for those days you just can't get out of bed, but need your toasted bagel and schmear.

Pick A Bagel - Best for the Strawberry Cream Cheese

Locations: Hell's Kitchen and Upper East Side, Manhattan

Depending on the time of day, Pick A Bagel can have quite the line, filled with a mix of tourists and locals who live nearby. Don't worry, though - it moves along quickly and you can almost always get a table by the time you're done ordering. Honorable mentions are the strawberry cream cheese and the bacon, egg, and cheese.

Absolute Bagels - Best for the Egg Bagel

Location: Upper West Side Manhattan

On the Upper West Side near Columbia College, Absolute Bagels has been serving up their doughy bagels for over 20 years. You might have a hard time choosing between their 14 different kinds of cream cheese, but if you're looking to explore new flavors, go for the bacon and cheddar version.

Tal Bagels - Best for When You Want a Classic

Locations: Upper East Side, Midtown East, and Stuy Town, Manhattan

With locations all along the east side of Manhattan, Tal Bagels is a favorite among locals. You won't have to worry about crowds, because all the tourists are a few avenues over at Ess-a-Bagel. You'll find it hard to disagree that their lox spread is one of the best in the city. Let's just make sure to stay "hush-hush" about it, so we don't have to deal with lines.

Black Seed Bagels - Best for Wood-Fired, Oven-Baked Bagels

Location: East Village, Nolita, and Battery Park City, Manhattan

Black Seed Bagels puts a lot of effort into their bagels. They're hand-rolled and boiled in honey water for a little added sweetness. The only downfall for any hungry customer is that these bagels are a little small in size compared to the average New York bagel.

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