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Best Everything Bagel in NYC

STA1985CH Feb 10, 2009 01:48 PM

Hey guys-- Best Everything Bagel in NYC??

I like the salt/garlic/seeds to be applied liberally on the outside!!

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  1. c oliver RE: STA1985CH Feb 10, 2009 02:26 PM

    We bring back 2-3 dozen everythings from Absolute Bagel when we visit from NoCal. But I will admit that part of the reason for Absolute is that it's the closest to our friends' apt. on the Upper UWS.

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      aloew1 RE: c oliver Feb 10, 2009 04:01 PM

      Absolute does indeed have excellent fresh bagels.

      2 things about the place annoy me though:

      1. The seasoning for the bagel is only on one side and not the bottom. I'm sure they cook better that way, but I know other places that season the entire bagel

      2. They don't have a kitchen, so you can't get eggs on your bagel. This is terrible in the mornings when I want a delicious bagel with sausage, egg, and cheese.

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        c oliver RE: aloew1 Feb 10, 2009 04:06 PM

        AND they don't take credit cards which isn't a biggie for most. But when I run in on our last day, with no cash --- opps. Dash to the ATM and back. Worth it though. Our last two (from the trip) in August were enjoyed just yesterday.

    2. jaidee RE: STA1985CH Feb 11, 2009 04:27 AM

      Absolute Bagels is, without question, the best!!! (And their relative proximity to Columbia is a help, too.) Not only are their "everythings" the highlight of my morning ritual, I also get to practice speaking Thai with the staff. Total win-win!

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        radioking RE: STA1985CH Feb 21, 2009 09:42 PM

        uggghh. those bagels at absolute pale in comparison to the ones from long lost Columbia Bagels. I'm just a few blocks way from Absolute and I can count on one hand the number of times I've been there..

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          Pan RE: radioking Feb 22, 2009 05:20 PM

          Do you have any feeling about the mini bagels vs. the large ones? Because the last time I went there, I found the large ones nothing special but did like the mini bagels. I frankly don't remember Columbia Bagels. Where were they and when did they go out of business?

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            radioking RE: Pan Feb 24, 2009 05:07 AM

            I didn't know about the mini bagels, maybe I should stop in and try one. Columbia Bagels was on the NE corner of 110th and BWay for years up until maybe 2001-2002 when the started building that hi-rise that is there now ( next to the WestSide Market , where a worker got killed one night , tragically, if I recall).

            The same folks have a spot on 44th called Times Square bagels.

            Essa is a good place, and so is Kosars. Whenever I'm in those neighborhoods I try to stop by.

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              Pan RE: radioking Feb 24, 2009 02:16 PM

              I take it, Times Square Bagels is still around? 44th and what?

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          sugartoof RE: STA1985CH Feb 22, 2009 02:45 AM

          Kosar's. Maybe not the very best bagel in the city, though that's gonna be subjective, but they do fine by the everything.

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            douglas525 RE: STA1985CH Feb 22, 2009 06:06 PM

            Essa Bagel on 1st at 21st recently started making whole wheat everythings, which I haven't seen anywhere else (although I haven't been looking). And of course they're fresh and tasty.

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              glieds RE: STA1985CH Feb 22, 2009 06:28 PM

              H&H bagels are the best all around. Never had a bad one...

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                travpard RE: STA1985CH Feb 24, 2009 07:26 AM

                Whole Foods has good bagels and cheaper than some stand-alone bagel shops. Pretty sure they are less than a $1 each.

                1. tbear RE: STA1985CH Feb 24, 2009 05:08 PM

                  Tal Bagel on 54 and 1st. Like all the above places, just take whatever is warm. Please dont ask them to toast, unless you love a blank stare.

                  Also the whitefish salad is fabulous.

                  Mention to H & H and Essa.

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                    marlie202 RE: STA1985CH Feb 25, 2009 04:43 AM

                    H&H by far.

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