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Nothing Beats New York Bagels

ktfood Mar 23, 2007 06:29 AM

I grew up in Long Island and still, to this day, I believe that my hometown bagel place makes the very best bagels. I'm waiting to find a place in manhattan to change my mind. So where is your favorite bagel place in manhattan?

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    christinaemcc Mar 25, 2007 08:48 PM

    i too hail from LI, and i agree the bagels there are unbeatable. anyway, i like Tal bagels on 86th between 1st and 2nd (cash only / no toasting). also, H&H bagels on 81st and 2nd is pretty good. i've heard pick-a-bagel to be good, it's open late but i have yet to go...

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    1. re: christinaemcc
      keith Mar 26, 2007 12:28 PM

      David's Bagels on 1st Ave, just south of 14th St. By far the best in the city.

      1. re: keith
        was_bk Mar 26, 2007 01:25 PM

        Recently, I gave David's (nr 14th) another try. I ordered a pumpernickle, cinnamon raisin , everything and plain. My impressions of the 1st 3 types were pretty neutral. Not bad but not worth making a special trip.

        However, this morning I pulled the plain David's bagel out of the freezer, warmed it up and was VERY pleasantly surprised with BOTH the flavor and texture. The plain bagel was WAY better than the other varieties I'd tried and worthy of a return visit.

        fwiw, I enjoy, both Ess-a- Bagel and H&H depending on my mood. Murray's is probably closest to my ideal but I'm almost never near one.

    2. ballulah Mar 23, 2007 08:45 AM

      Hey ktfood, you just moved to the West Village, right? There's a Murray's on 6th Ave b/t 12th & 13th as well, and they do indeed make a good bagel.

      I also recommend Time Sq Hot Bagels on 44th just off Bway (between Ollie's and Carmine's). This place is not much to look at, but the bagels are top notch if you like them crusty and dense. A real jaw work out.

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      1. re: ballulah
        fsd1116 Mar 23, 2007 07:24 PM

        My picks are Ess-A-Bagel on First Ave between 20th and 21st, and H&H sesame and poppy seed. I guess Murray's is a distant third, by default. Can somone chime in as to why Murray's tops so many lists?

        1. re: fsd1116
          ericalloyd Mar 25, 2007 01:35 AM

          i eat plain bagels only. murrays plain bagels are not too big, have a good bite and are neither too dense nor too fluffy inside.

          1. re: ericalloyd
            fsd1116 Mar 25, 2007 07:13 PM

            Thanks for the tip ericalloyd. I don't believe I've ever tried a Murray's plain. I'll have to make a trip there to try one!

          2. re: fsd1116
            ballulah Mar 26, 2007 07:42 AM

            I think that the "ranking" depends on one's preferences for texture. Some bagels are primarily crusty and very dense and chewy (Murray's), some are not so crusty and somewhat fluffier (H&H or Ess-a-Bagel). Both have their merits.

          3. re: ballulah
            ktfood Mar 26, 2007 08:59 AM

            I live right by that Murray's and work right by Time Sq Hot Bagels so I am going to head over to check them both out soon! Thanks!

            1. re: ktfood
              ktfood Mar 29, 2007 06:58 AM

              Times Square Hot Bagels is so good! Thanks!

              1. re: ktfood
                ballulah Mar 29, 2007 08:42 AM

                How do they compare with your hometown bagels, though??

                1. re: ballulah
                  ktfood Mar 29, 2007 12:47 PM

                  a super close second... probably only a hair off. i think i will always say my hometown bagels are the best just because i grew up on them... haha.

                  but i am definitely going to this place a lot... now i just have to try murray's.

          4. ericalloyd Mar 23, 2007 08:40 AM

            murrays on 8th ave near 23rd st

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