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Best Bagels?

I plan on buying a few dozen bagels to bring back to San Francisco and freeze them after my visit to NY, what's the best bagel place out there? H&H? Murray's? Anything else?

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  1. ess-a-bagel rocks pretty hard, 1st ave @ 21st street

    http://www.ess-a-bagel.com/

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      1. re: LeahBaila

        Another for Ess-a-Bagel. Kossar's bilaies also freeze well (see asnet post below).

        1. re: LeahBaila

          not to mention that ess-a (as opposed to say h&h) is also really fun to visit -- hectic, loud & new yorky

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        1. I prefer H&H Bagels. There's pretty strong feelings about bagels on this board -- you can do a search to see.

          1. Absolute Bagels, 2788 Broadway & W. 108 St.
            Kossar's Bialys, 367 Grand St. at Norfolk.

            1. Daniels on 3rd and 37th. I do not like large doughy bagels so these are perfect for me.