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My girlfriend loves the bagels at Orwashers (78th/2nd), and I always buy some during the week so that she can have them for breakfast on the weekend. Under the new owner, however, they no longer sell bagels during the week--just on weekends. I just found out about this yesterday.

Since I don't relish getting up early on a weekend to go to the bakery (we live around 85th/1st), does anyone have any recommendations for places that sell equally good bagels? I'm not looking for something like Tal Bagels (she doesn't care for their bagels) or Hot and Crusty (ditto). Even a deli with a good supplier is fine.

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  1. its surely too far away, but bagelworks on 66th and 1st has fantastic bagels

    1. What about the "we're not related" H&H around 80th/2nd or so?

      1. I never knew Orwasher's sold bagels! Oh well. I' m not a fan of Tal's or H&H but my wife seems to find the bagels acceptable from East Side Bagel on the NE corner of 1st Ave and 78 Street. You could try it.

        1. Many thanks. Good suggestions all. Maybe I'll set up a tasting tomorrow.

          1. Bagel Bob's York & 86th. better than all the rest.

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            1. re: pups224

              I happen to like Bagel Bob's as well (good balance of salt, crust has a good texture). I also live off York, so it's most convenient for me. I'd be interested to know if anyone who lives a bit further (2nd or 3rd maybe) goes out of their way to go there, since I like their bagels enough not to explore other options. Anyone go out of their way for BB's?

            2. I prefer the bagels at the appetizing store at the NE corner of 78th and First.
              Great whitefish salad.

              1. Bagel Express on 2nd ave and 93rd has amazing bagels. You will never find slower, poorer service at a bagel joint, but if you're not popping in for a quick sandwich, you might not mind.

                If you can brave the poor service and 2nd avenue subway construction, you'll find a damn decent bagel.

                1. After weighing all the recommendations, I bought three sesame bagels for Saturday morning's test: one from Corner Bagel Market, one from Bagel Mill, and one from Bagel Bob's. Bagel Bob's won, hands down: "it's very much like Orwashers," she said, "with a nice density and nice crust." Thanks to everyone who helped me solve the weekend breakfast dilemma.