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Mar 11, 2007 09:06 AM


Where is the best bagel in town?

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  1. Murray's on 13th and sixth ave gets my vote. Just the right size and texture. Most of the spreads and salads are also great (heavenly whitefish salad) excellent smoked salmon as well.

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    1. re: chalkman

      Agreed -- Murray's is my fave. Ess-A-Bagel is too dense and H&H too cakey. Murray's is the right size and texture for my taste...

    2. I just had a bagel this week at Sable's on 2nd ave & 77 st. I thought it was amazing. Up til then, I thought Ess-A-Bagel was IT, but Sable's blew me away. The cream cheese with chives was also fab. They're known for their fish, but I didn't have any.

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      1. re: mclaurie

        Thanks for the tip - I'm a diehard Ess-A fan, so I'm excited to try this one out.

        1. re: mclaurie

          They are very good bagels, but that's because they get them from H&H. If you go there often enough, you will eventually be around for an H&H delivery, and there is usually an H&H invoice stuck to the wall behind the register. Interestingly, it seems like the H&H guys take fish back with them, so perhaps the lox over at H&H is sourced from Sable's. That would be a very good thing, because Sable's lox is really good. I also love their pastrami - it is the best that I've found so far on the UES. My wife and I go to the Sables eat-in side all the time, despite it's pizzeria ambiance.

        2. Tal Bagel on 54th and 1st, their bagels have the good crisp exterior with a chewy inside.

          1. Ess-A-Bagel gets my vote. I'm partial to H&H's sesame bagels, too. The right mix of sweetness, crustiness and chewiness. Murray's bagels are decent, too. However, more times than I'd like, the bagels have been overcooked and dry. Also, they don't stay well, and turn hard in a couple of hours.

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            1. re: fsd1116

              But the original Ess-A-Bagel on 1st Ave & 21st St. is superior to the 3rd Ave. branch.

              Best old-fashioned chewy bagel in all of NYC is probably at the tiny Bagel Hole on 7th Ave. in Park Slope, but that's a subject for another board.

            2. Bagel Bob's on University and 10th street.