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Best bagels in Manhattan?

mgwerks Sep 2, 2008 08:11 AM

I am going to the city in the near future, and this is a must-have culinary outing. Who has the best, and where are they? I'll be staying at 53rd & 3rd Ave.


  1. kcijones001 Sep 2, 2008 08:36 AM

    54th and First is Tal's bagels and Ess-a-Bagel is on 3rd and 52nd

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    1. re: kcijones001
      jenniebnyc Sep 9, 2008 10:28 AM

      I second both recs. No need to walk any futher. I prefer Tal. If you like chopped liver...theirs is the best.

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        thursdaynext Sep 9, 2008 11:52 AM

        The thing i don't like about Tal bagels is that they won't toast them! I just want to have the option.

        1. re: thursdaynext
          jenniebnyc Sep 9, 2008 12:48 PM

          no real bagel place will toast. Come on!

      2. fifiboutiq Sep 2, 2008 08:47 AM

        Yes. Absolutely Ess-a-bagel!

        Pumpernickel raisin with baked salmon salad and veggie tofu spread!

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        1. re: fifiboutiq
          kcijones001 Sep 2, 2008 09:06 AM

          They make a mean olive cream cheese too!

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            JungMann Sep 2, 2008 09:22 AM

            Ess-a-bagel is good, though my vote for best bagel in NYC would have to be H&H. The closest location, however, would involve a short train ride to the UES.

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              silencespeak Sep 2, 2008 09:56 AM

              I agree. H&H is the classic new york bagel. Ess-a-Bagel is also a great choice, though I'd side with H&H.

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                LNG212 Sep 2, 2008 10:37 AM

                Me too for H&H. However, to the OP, the "H & H Midtown" bagels on the east side and "H & H" bagels (UWS and W46th St) are *not* related. The UWS H&H has a sign in their shop stating so in emphatic terms (always wondered about the history there).

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                  nativeNYer Sep 2, 2008 05:58 PM

                  i agree with the H&H bagels crowd. for me, ess-a-bagel is too huge, tasteless and the texture is just all wrong IMO. H&H is more crispy, soft on the inside and just better tasting ... but it is clearly a matter of personal preference. try to buy whatever is hot out of the over. the other big winner is absolute bagel Brdwy near W107.

              2. re: fifiboutiq
                jenniebnyc Sep 9, 2008 01:01 PM


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                umai Sep 9, 2008 07:48 AM

                Ess-a-bagel is not bad. H&H is okay. Tal's bagels: good, but the one i had was so crunchy it cut the roof of my mouth (kind of like capn crunch cereal does). My favorite by far, though, is hot jumbo bagels on 2nd ave, between 56th and 57th. Really superior to any other i've had in manhattan, so far.

                I'm generally a bit of a bore when it comes to ordering bagels. I always get sesame, toasted, with lox spread, or if they don't have it, plain. Not only are the bagels lovely and chewy with plenty of sesame seeds at HJB, but their lox spread is fantastic, with actual chunks of lox spread throughout.

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                  thursdaynext Sep 9, 2008 08:27 AM

                  Brooklyn Bagel on 25th & 8th Avenue without a doubt! They are big & fluffy & water boiled. Just had one this morning :)

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                    theaman Sep 9, 2008 12:52 PM

                    No doubt about it, H & H is the best bagelry in the city. I have tried them all, and there is no comparison to H & H.

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