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Best bagels UWS?

elgordo Dec 26, 2007 11:22 AM

Hi. My cousin will be in Manhattan next week and is keen to try out authentic NY Bagels. Any recommendations of where to buy the best?

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    JSHAFT78 RE: elgordo Dec 26, 2007 11:37 AM

    On the UWS, Tal's at 91st and Broadway. Or I believe H and H has a shop on the UWS. Both places are pretty well known. I think it's called Absolute bagels up near Columbia U is also good

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      harrison RE: JSHAFT78 Dec 26, 2007 12:05 PM

      Absolute is best - 107/broadway. H&H live more on reputation, but are still good.

      Tal is a distant 3rd.

      Otherwise, the usual names that come up here are Ess-a-bagel, Murray's and Kossars for bialys

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        fsd1116 RE: harrison Dec 26, 2007 06:10 PM

        As always, my vote is for Ess-A-Bagel. http://www.ess-a-bagel.com/

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          theannerska RE: harrison Jan 1, 2008 05:41 PM

          Ess-A is my favorite and I will gladly walk crosstown to get them -- they're worth it! But, the OP requested UWS and I think Absolute Bagels would be the winner in that area.

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        sherrinyc RE: elgordo Jan 1, 2008 04:59 PM

        Absolute Bagels is by far the best—I became addicted to them when living on the UWS and nothing else compares! Just ask for whatever is still warm , , ,

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          idia RE: sherrinyc Jan 1, 2008 05:41 PM

          H & H Bagels by a mile. If it's good enough for Seinfeld it's good enough for you!

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            c oliver RE: idia Jan 2, 2008 04:23 AM

            We're staying on UWS for two weeks and have tried H&H and Absolute (so far). MAYBE H&H is our favorite but we think ANY bagel in NY is better than ANY bagel on the West Coast. Thanks for sharing :)

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          Prabhakar Ragde RE: elgordo Jan 5, 2008 12:48 PM

          Last week we were visiting and tried several of the places recommended above. H&H and Ess-a-Bagel were tied for our favourites, with Absolute a distant third and Kossar's bialys quite a disappointment (fortunately, the Doughnut Plant was nearby to save the day). But my wife and I both think that the bagels at all these places are less dense and chewy than we remember them from the '70's. --PR

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            fsd1116 RE: Prabhakar Ragde Jan 5, 2008 05:11 PM

            Hooray for Ess-a-Bagel! Another convert.

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