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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: holland_oats

      Agreed re: Ess-a-Bagel

      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

      2. 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.

            1. I like Murray's the best. Ess-a-bagel is OK, but too big for my taste. I'd skip H&H, as the style of bagel they serve is pretty similar to Noah's in the Bay Area.

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              1. re: a_and_w

                I second Murray's. They are closest to the bagels of my childhood.

              2. Absolute Bagels: Broadway & 108 St.
                Lenny's Bagels: Broadway & 99th St
                Russ & Daughters: Houston & Orchard
                Kosar's: Grand & Norfolk

                H&H is not very good IMHO.

                1. Ess-a-bagel is hands down the best bagel in the city.

                  (Side note: I used to work on 1st and 26th and obtained myself a nice carb belly due to the almost daily bagels...but it was worth it :)