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Bagels/Bialys (to go) in or around midtown

  • CindyJ Dec 14, 2011 11:02 AM
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I've been referred here from "The Best" board.

I'll be in NYC for two days and I'd love to grab a dozen bagels to bring back with me to PA before I leave. I'll be staying in midtown. Where's the best place to get them? Also, if they sell bialys, that'd be a great bonus. Thanks!

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  1. Essa Bagel has a location in the low 50's on Third Ave. They bake the bagels there. For Bialy's the only authentic place is Kossar's on Grand on the lower east side. They also make bagels. Both places are very New York.

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    Kossar's Bialys
    367 Grand St, New York, NY 10002

    Ess-a-Bagel
    831 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10022

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    1. re: meinNYC

      Does anyone have an opinion about the Bagelry on the corner of Lexington Avenue and 88 Street? It seems to do a good business but I never hear anything about it, unlike Tal, H&H, Murray's, etc. Comments?

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      Bagelry
      1324 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10128

      1. re: Julia

        Tried it-Not bad at all. Bagels a bit smaller though (fine by me-bigger bagel=bigger thighs). Not life altering but deserves a nod, certainly better than some others that get raves.

        1. re: Julia

          When l lived near there, it was my go to, liked better than Tal's nearby

          1. re: Delucacheesemonger

            I agree that the Bagelry's bagels are better than Tal's. Like most bagels, however, the Bagelry's rapidly decline in taste and texture when not impeccably fresh (i.e., still warm or at least warm-ish).

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            Bagelry
            1324 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10128

          2. re: Julia

            IMO very good bagels, but I am especially fond of their non-traditional bialies -- quite large and chewier than "real" bialies with a lot of onion in the middle, excellent!

            1. re: City Kid

              If that's your preference for Bialies, you might also like the non-traditional Hot Bread Kitchen Bialies.

              1. re: sugartoof

                Thanks, Sugartoof, I'll try them...I'd like to support this interesting organization!

        2. H & H bagels midtown , westside. always hot and fresh. Kosars on Grand for bialy not bagels

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          H&H Bagels
          639 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

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          1. re: foodwhisperer

            I can't seem to find a street address. Where are they located?

            1. re: CindyJ

              46th and 12th Avenue -- probably too far west. In any case, I agree that Essa Bagels are better.

            2. re: foodwhisperer

              Is it me or H&H bagels are not good. It's either they used to be good or they have better bagels now.
              Anyway, i'd get bagels from Essa bagels. IMO, they are a lot tastier.

              1. re: Monica

                H & H has been over-rated for a generation.

                1. re: addictedtolunch

                  They are pretty good within the first half hour or so, then become absolutely hard and unpleasant later on. For a dozen bagels to take home, agree its probably not your best bet

            3. Ess-A-Bagel is my "go to" place for bagels. 3 Av near 50th
              Vic's Bagel bar on 3rd just North of 36 St is almost as good but may be more convenient for you.
              Kossars is the king of Bialys. No one else seems to know the recipe for a great bialy. You can get them @ The Grand Central Market and several other gourmet stores like Zabar's or Barney Greengrass. Otherwise, head down to Grand St.

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              Barney Greengrass
              541 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

              Kossar's Bialys
              367 Grand St, New York, NY 10002

              Ess-a-Bagel
              831 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10022

              Zabar's
              2245 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

              Vic's Bagel Bar
              544 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

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              1. re: Motosport

                Vic's are decent. They at least have some flavor to them. I've given up on Ess-A-Bagel. It took me a long time to admit it to myself, but what they turn out now is jawbreaking cardboard.

                1. re: sugartoof

                  sugartoof, say it ain't so!! Ess-A-Bagel has one of the most authentic hand made water bagels in town. Hard crispy crust and chewy. The way a bagel was meant to be. I love them. My beautiful and talented wife complains: "They're too big!!" "So eat half." I say.
                  My wife loves Vic's because she can "experiment" with all of the cream cheeses additions. I'm a traditional scallion cream cheese and lox guy.

                  1. re: sugartoof

                    Jumping into the bagel wars again...Ess-a-Bagels are not what I think of as traditional -- too big and puffy, way too much bread, so eating half is no solution. My favorite are Hot Jumbo Bagels (despite the name they are neither too large nor puffy), which I buy at Gourmet Garage, at least I have been told that is where they come from.

                    Jumbo Bagels
                    1070 2nd Ave
                    (between 56th St & 57th St)

                    Gourmet Garage
                    301 East 64th St.

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                    Gourmet Garage
                    301 E 64th St, New York, NY 10021

                    Jumbo Bagels
                    1070 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10022

                    1. re: City Kid

                      I agree that bagels from Essa bagels are not 'authentic' but they sure are tasty.
                      I remember about 20 yrs ago in Brooklyn, there was a small deli who got their bagels and bialys from a local Jewish owned bakery. OMG, that was the best and the most authentic bagels and bialys I've ever had. I used to see the orthodox jewish guys dressed fully in the suits delivering the gooides. The 'authentic' ones are smaller, much smaller than what we are used to...man, those were some good bagels.
                      I gotta try that Jumbo bagel place as it's near my work, thanks!

                      1. re: Monica

                        About 50 years ago, when I was a kid in Brooklyn, I used to walk a block and a half from my house to buy bagels from a basement bagel factory. That was the "real deal." I remember the vats of bagels boiling in water, and the long, narrow boards the men would use to put the bagels into the ovens. Now that I think about it, I'm kind of surprised my mother even allowed me to go there alone. Then again, that was a whole different era.

                        1. re: CindyJ

                          Brooklyn in the 50's and 60's was a whole different world. At 13 years old my friends and I took the Flatbush Ave bus from one end (Bergen Beach) to the other end just by the Main Brooklyn Post office on Cadman Plaza. We'd walk to the Hotel St George and pay a couple of bucks to use the pool and the 3 diving boards. Where do you even see a low, middle and high diving board in today's world of too many lawyers? It was a great time to be a kid in Brooklyn.

                          1. re: Motosport

                            I was riding the subways and buses with my friends at about age 10 or 11. We'd take the bus on Church Ave. to Sheepshead Bay and walk to Manhattan beach. We'd also take the subway to downtown Brooklyn (remember those Murray the K shows?) or into Manhattan. What ever happened to those knish vendors with their little carts and big salt shakers?

                2. Daniels on 3rd near 38th.

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                  Daniel's Bagels
                  569 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

                  1. The local Tal Bagels is on 1st between 53rd & 54th.

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                    Tal Bagels
                    979 1st Ave, New York, NY 10022

                    1. Greetings:

                      The best bagel in NY, in my opinion, Including those of: H&H, The Bagel Hole... is actually located in midtown. Times Square Bagels on 44th St. is the joint. The owner is the same cat who owned the late lamented Columbia Bagels, which had been my "go to" and was located on the upper west side. I used to walk weekly from Brooklyn to CB for my weekly allotment. One sunny Sunday morning, walking up Broadway, within striking of CB, looking a half block ahead > S--T! They're gone!!!

                      After a bit, a small bit; of "Columboing" I discovered the sister store in Times Square. No easily evident connection; beyond the after-fact of the quality of the bagels. Now; once every 2 or so weeks (got to cut back given the economy and my growing girth) I order a dozen "custom mix" bagels, chew the fat with "the boys" and return in a couple of hours to pick-up my booty. If you take this route; you are insured the freshest bagel possible. *A note: you MUST ask for these NOT to be bagged until they cool or you'll be left with soggy bagels steamed inside a "moist" brown bag. Also forgo any plastic bag with even mildly warm bagels. Between your ordering and your picking-up the goods; walk west on 43rd St. to either: Good & Plenty To Go for a lunch or Little Pie company for some pie and a cup of joe. Or... simply point to the various types of bagels in their wire bins; cooled and ready to travel.

                      ab

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                      Times Square Hot Bagels
                      200 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

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                      1. re: allenbank

                        A short addition to my above post...

                        In a pinch; As it hasn't been suggested: I would recommend Murays Bagels downtown and for bialys I would agree with an earlier poster as a "good"; just "good" bialy can be found at Kossar; which once was "it" as far as bialys go. < C'est la vie.

                        And a note about my view of H&H Bagels. First, in my opinion; a blatant rip-off (when last I saw, $1.15 per. > might be more now, as it was a while ago) from the school of "we'll charge what ever "they're" willing to pay. I've not seen a comparably priced bagel, irrelevant of quality, anywhere in NY. I'm not commenting on the quality, as that's just too subjective. But know, and this is fact > in comparison to every other contender I know, they use a boatload of sugar in the dough. I personally believe this is the reason so many people tout them.

                        1. re: allenbank

                          One very final addition...

                          Upon rereading your original post of the 14th; about your 2 day NY stay...

                          ...Nevermind!

                          ab (12/19/11)

                        2. re: allenbank

                          Since I often take the bus into the Port Authority, I'll definitely stop in to Times Square Bagels on my next trip. Thanks for the tip!

                        3. my wife doesn't like essa-bagel, we prefer blue flowers cafe at 5 East 47th St

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                          Blue Flowers
                          5 E 47th St, New York, NY 10017

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                          1. re: uncledunkel

                            Blue Flower bakes their own bagels?