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May 26, 2009 11:05 AM

Best Bagels in Queens?

I'm seaching for the best & freshest bagel in Queens. I've read about a lot of places that have good or decent bagels, but haven't found many posts about bagels that people LOVE. My personal favorite is Ess A Bagel in Manhattan because of their freshness and doughiness to crispness ratio. Any suggestions would be great!

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  1. I haven't been to Ess A Bagel in a long time so I can't make a strict comparison, but for bagels in Queens - I am a big fan of Hot Bialys on Queens Blvd (kind of on the FH-Kew Gardens border). The texture of their bagels is great - chewy with some crispness but not too much.

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    1. re: pellegrino31

      second, pellegrino; love that place.

      thought there was a similar long-running thread but I can't seem to find it.

    2. Hot Bagels on Metropolitan Ave in Middle Village.

      1. Hot Bialys is good only by Forest Hills' standards which isn't saying much. The bagel consistency is too dry and the flavor lacks. As far as I'm concerned, you can't get a good bagel in Forest Hills - you can't even get a hot one on a Sunday morning which is saying quite a bit. Hot Bagels in Middle Village is much closer to what you're looking for. The consistency is quite good, but the flavor of the bagels are a bit off. I haven't found a bagel in Queens that compares with the better bagels in Brooklyn and Manhattan, but I'd love for someone to prove me wrong.

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        1. re: Greg

          Bagelette in Rego Park on 63rd Rd used to be great and high quality kosher, and then he sold it several years ago. Haven't been there since I saw and tasted lots of things I didn't like since the changeover, but I would imagine the bagels themselves are probably pretty much the same. They're not dense and gooey like Ess a Bagel's, but they're not dry either, if memory serves me right.

          There's also Bagelicious, small little place, not sure if they're good anymore--don't really eat this kind of stuff anymore--they are at 6401 108th St in Rego Park..There used to be a fairly good place on 64th ave on corner next to Blimipie's--was a bank once-- when it opened and then it went downhill and then eventually was sold and moved further towards Forest Hills on QB--they were Russian owned...blanking on the name at the moment..the new place isn't very good--

          And yes, there really isn't a killer appetizing place anymore, too bad, because Bagelette used to have super fresh salmon salad, herring salads, cream cheeses etc...don't like the places in Forest Hills, either...gotta get a bagel is disgusting, -----will check out the middle village place, never been are their spreads, salads? Is the place clean?

          Oh, also, some people like the place in Kew Gardens, on Lefferts for bagels. I personally don't, but others do. Terrible confusing service there, and it's a bit run down looking...

          1. re: janie

            unfortunately the quality of the bagels at bagelette has also suffered since the changeover.

            1. re: janie

              Janie, don't bother trying the Middle Village spot for appetizing, as they didn't really have much. There is a steam table for eggs, with sausage patties, etc. I didn't eat anything beyond the bagel, so I couldn't really say, but I suspect that the place's name, "Hot Bagels," is what their known for and that's what I'd stick with.

              1. re: Greg

                I agree with Greg. I get a dozen to go, then freeze em. Their vegetable cream cheese is good

              2. re: janie

                Bagelette is still pretty good for bagels---if you get the mini ones. I agree the regular sized ones are not as good as they used to be. But for some reason, the minis are better.

            2. I'm not sure of the name because I just know it as the bagel store around the corner. Its in Kew Gardens on Lefferts, next to the movie theater and across from LIRR. Just as good as Ess A Bagel or H& H and MUCH bigger in size.

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              1. re: cshell

                Bakers' Dozen. Run by an Irish Guy, incidentally :)

                I like the doughy hot bagels from this place.


                1. re: cshell

                  Bakers Dozen on Lefferts in Kew Gardens is a testament to how people who have never had a good bagel end up with ruined taste. The bagels at Bakers Dozen are stricktly goyisha. In short, they are soft, wrong- tasting, puffy horrors. Strictly for fans of Einstein's Bagels and those who think Pastrami should be eaten on white with mayo.

                  1. re: FoxieLoxie

                    agreed, and the place looks filthy too..

                2. utopia bagels on utopia tpk in whitestone around 21st st

                  lotta ppl on the boards love it...they rock

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                  1. re: chefjellynow

                    Utopia blows away Hot Bialys. The one on Lefferts in KG is ok in a pinch but the service sucks. Nothing like Essa- which is probably my #1 bagel. Hot Bialys is better but I am in love with the bialys at Utopia. Toasted with butter- amazing.

                    1. re: chefjellynow

                      Forgot about Utopia Bagels...they are very good!

                      1. re: chefjellynow

                        Chefjellynow: Utopia Bagels is located on Utopia Parkway just south of the corner of 19 th ave. There is no problem spotting it as there is usually a line out the door. I think they are good, not great and never got the love others have for ther place. A good local choice but not worth a long trek, but then, the OP never wrote where they would be comming from.

                        1. re: stuartlafonda

                          yes i go there several times a week, i live around the corner

                          1. re: chefjellynow

                            Sorry, didn't mean to be pedantic, but having grown up on 201 between 17th and 19 th I was just clearing it up for those reading along. I enjoy your input on the Bayside/Whitestone chow scene.