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heidiray Jun 22, 2009 11:05 AM

hey guys any suggestions about the best place to get a great bagel would be greatly appreciated!

ive heard of a placed ess a bagel that is supposed to be pretty good, any opinions would be great

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    I love Jersey RE: heidiray Jun 22, 2009 11:46 AM

    Mom's Bagel is still in Midtown, 45th and 5th...hands down the best anywhere ever...

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      Jeffsayyes RE: I love Jersey Jun 26, 2009 05:51 PM

      is this still in business? I am having a hard time locating it. On google maps, it just shows a holiday in express

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        andiemoon RE: Jeffsayyes Jul 8, 2009 08:57 PM

        I think the actual address is:
        15 W. 45th St
        New York, NY 10036
        (212) 764-1566

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          Capstone RE: andiemoon Jul 11, 2009 08:06 AM

          The building at 15 W 45 Street burned down several years ago and was replaced by a hotel. The former owners do not operate a restaurant now, but are active in catering. Best way to get in touch is by emailing: tiveh.mcc@gmail.com.

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      teklife RE: heidiray Jul 14, 2009 03:52 PM

      i second ess a bagels. 1st ave at 21st st (22nd?)

      they crank em out fresh a few times a day. when i used to live in the east village i'd pick up fresh pumpernickel bagels still steaming hot on my way home from work ,around 6pm. excellent bagels; i have yet to find better in ny.

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        Emmmily RE: teklife Aug 7, 2009 07:50 PM

        Just had my first Ess-A-Bagel the other day (everything, with cream cheese). Can't vouch for best in the city, but it was an excellent bagel. Up til now I'd been a Murray's devotee, but these are better.

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        Amy Mintzer RE: heidiray Jul 23, 2009 08:33 PM

        Bagel Hole on 7th Ave. in Park Slope. A completely unlikely neighborhood, I know, and we didn't do anything to deserve our good fortune, but these are the best bagels in the city--small, dense, chewy, good crust, real flavor.

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          BklynBlaise RE: Amy Mintzer Jul 24, 2009 12:47 PM

          I agree with Amy...Bagel Hole makes the best bagels in NYC. They're one of the few places that gets the proportions right -- nice blistery crust and slightly chewy inside, without a lot of bulk. Their bagels actually have flavor to them--great balance of yeast and good ol' NYC tap water. They remind me of the bagels I used to get every morning on Sheepshead Bay Road, across from the train station, when I was growing up back in the '80s. As with Bagel Hole, you could smell the bagel-goodness from outside even before you entered the shop. Hmmm...now I regret moving out of the Slope...I'd trade a Caputo's ciabata for a Bagel Hole bagel anyday...possibly even a Mazzola lard bread as well!

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            Amy Mintzer RE: BklynBlaise Aug 7, 2009 07:36 PM

            I think malt may be the other key ingredient, though I've never asked.

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              Carniv0re RE: BklynBlaise Aug 13, 2009 02:04 PM

              Yes, Bagel Hole are the best! They have the right chew, the right crust, and they're not sweet like the repugnant H&H bagels. And they're true bagel size, not those ridiculous monsters that Ess-a-Bagel serves up. This is important not just for portion size, but for the right ratio of crust to inside. All other bagels disappoint after Bagel Hole. However, another good option is Terrrace Bagels in Windsor Terrace. The key there is to get the "mini bagels" which are close to a normal bagel size.

              Best bialys: Coney Island Bagels and Bialys.

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            comestible RE: heidiray Nov 13, 2009 10:49 AM

            Is there no love for Kossar's here? Though they're better known for bialys...

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              hungrytime RE: comestible Feb 27, 2010 01:21 PM

              Kossars is the greatest bagel place on earth. Fact.

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                MacGuffin RE: hungrytime Oct 14, 2013 06:16 AM

                I just wish they were a little closer in size to Bagel Hole's bagels. I realize this is going to sound silly but I grew up on Lender's frozen bagels (hey, Detroit...what can I say?), and all these years later Goldilocks-like continue to think they're the just-right size for a bagel. Other than that, I have a very soft spot in my heart for Kossar's bagels.

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