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Feb 2, 2007 10:04 AM

Ess-A-Bagel...the winner

Ate, side-by-side, plain bagels from Ess-A-Bagel, Pinnacle, and Times Square Hot Bagels.

Ess-A-Bagel was the only one that tasted like a bagel, and not just bread with a hole in it. All three were puffier than bagels use to be in New York City. But Ess-A stays true to the authentic taste.

Pinncale was OK. Hot was mediocre.

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    1. re: KTinNYC

      I really dislike H&H. So much that I didn't bother putting them in the competition.

      1. re: NAtiveNewYorker

        I've never understood the hype about H&H - truly just bread with a hole in it.

        I love Ess-A. I wish there were more locations.

        1. re: NAtiveNewYorker

          h and h east side bagels are better than h and h west side. less doughy

          1. re: fauchon

            The Tal bagel tasted like a mix of sourdough (which I like) and prezel (which I also like). But it didn't taste like a bagel.

            Ess-A still the champ.

          2. Absolute on the UWS. (Or, for the Outer Borough boards, the bagel place on Avenue N in Brooklyn.)

            1. Wait. Tal Bagels don't taste like Bagels? I may have grown up in Westchester NY (so not a "Native"), but if Tal dosen't "taste like a bagel", then maybe I am not sure what a bagel tastes like. Living in the city these past 15 years, I have been to Ess-A, H&H, among others, and yes they are all different but they are all bagels to me. When warm, Tal (IMO) is the best in NYC. My all time favorite were the ones from Danny's Cheese Shop in Mt. Kisco NY (closed 15 years now). Danny's bagels tasted like no other (they were dense and crisp), but we still considered them bagels.

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              1. re: tbear

                Tal makes a great roll with a hole in it, but it doesn't taste like an authentic bagel to me. They have a great variety of spreads, and their bagels are very fresh. But it tastes like a delicious sourdough prezel.

              2. Thoughts on David's?