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Jun 22, 2009 11:05 AM

the best bagel in nyc

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

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    1. re: I love Jersey

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

      1. re: Jeffsayyes

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

        1. re: andiemoon

          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:

    2. 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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      1. re: teklife

        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.

      2. 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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        1. re: Amy Mintzer

          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. 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!

          1. re: BklynBlaise

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

            1. re: BklynBlaise

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

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              1. re: comestible

                Kossars is the greatest bagel place on earth. Fact.

                1. re: hungrytime

                  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.