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Best bagels UWS?

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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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  1. 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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    1. re: JSHAFT78

      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

        1. re: harrison

          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.

      1. 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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        1. re: sherrinyc

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

          1. re: idia

            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 :)

        2. 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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          1. re: Prabhakar Ragde

            Hooray for Ess-a-Bagel! Another convert.