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Jul 17, 2007 06:55 AM

Salt bagel in NYC

We have just a couple days in New York - staying on the UWS but willing to travel. Where's the best salt bagel in the city? I'm astonished that I've been to a couple bagel places in the city that look at me quizzically when I ask if they have any salt bagels. Thanks!

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  1. There is only one superb bagel place on UWS and that is H & H Bagels at 80th & Broadway.

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    1. re: idia

      Absolutely. And they do have salt bagels; you just have to ask.

      1. re: LNG212

        Thanks for the quick replies. Went to H&H yesterday, and they were one of the places that gave me a quizzical look. Do we need to know the secret handshake? Also, not limited to the UWS. We'll be in the Bronx and Queens today, and have all day tomorrow to find the elusive salt bagel.

        Need. Salt. Bagel. Help!

      2. re: idia

        H & H has the most atrocious bagels in town.
        They are gummy and sweet, that is not considered a good NY bagel. They need to have a crisp bite with a light inside to be a good bagel.

        I hate to reveal to the public my favorite bagel store since it is already too crowded whenever I visit. The inept staff does not know how to work a busy store with a long line.

        The Bagel Store on the corner of 90th Street and Amsterdam Street.
        They carry salt bagels all the time.
        If you like really crispy bagels order the flat "flagel" bagel

        1. re: LeahBaila

          Yes, I've definitely seen them at both those places.

        2. Or perhaps Absolute Bagels, at 110th and Broadway.

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          1. re: slcorlis

            YES YES YES
            I have no clue if they have salt bagels. but absolutely bagels are the best i've ever tasted

            1. re: qwertyu

              don't think they have salt bagels though. but the pumpernickel-raisin ones are magic.

          2. A fellow salt-head. Was in NYC two weeks ago and had a great salt bagel at a place inside the Chelsea Market. Don't recall the name of the place, but was the only one that offered the typical bagel shmears, etc. Actually, I had to go for two - one with whitefish salad and the other with the lox spread. My blood pressure is just recovering, but well worth the risk. Actually, the Chelsea Market is a very cool place and guess could be considered the epicenter of the food world (since it houses the headquarters of the Food Network). Additionally, you might want to check out They menu listings for something like 6200 NYC restaurants. You can do specific searchs for type of food by neighborhood or cross-street. I just did a quick search and they list 11 bagel places on the UWS - not including Dunkin Donuts (ugh!).

            1. I believe David Bagels on First Avenue btwn 13th & 14th street has salt bagels. That's my favorite bagel place.