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Bagels/Bialys (to go) in or around midtown

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