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Bagels in the Lower East Side?

I did a search, but only came up with other breakfast options. I'm just looking for a dozen to go, in the general area we're staying in the LES, before heading towards Penn Station to catch our bus back to DC.

Any recommendations?

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  1. There are four good options between the LES and Penn Station:

    1. Ess-a-Bagel, on 1st Avenue at 21st St.

    2. Murray's, on 6th Avenue between 12th and 13th Sts.

    3. Murray's, on 8th Avenue between 22nd and 23rd Sts. (depending on how much stuff you are carrying, Penn Station is walkable from here)

    4. Corner Cafe, on 6th Avenue at 24th St. (of the four, this place tends to have the shortest lines; also, depending on how much stuff you are carrying, Penn Station is walkable from here)

    1. Not in LES, but there's a Best Bagel right by Penn Station.

      1. Kossar's on Grand Street...great bagels, bialies, pletzel.
        http://www.kossarsbialys.com/

        1. In the LES I'd go to Kossar's for the best bialys and decent bagels. Closed on Saturday!!!
          The best bagels I.M.H.O. are at Ess-A-Bagel on 1 st Ave and E 21 St. Definitely worth the side trip.

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          1. re: Motosport

            IMHO Kossar's bagels are more than decent -- bagels the way they used to be and should be, i.e., not huge and puffy, but nice and a bit chewy. BTW, OP, if you have never tried "pletzel," pick one up at Kossar's. They are large flat discs with onion on them and really delicious.

            1. re: City Kid

              Decent is a good thing. Being a big fan of Ess-A-Bagel I find it hard to compare theirs to others.
              Kossar's Pletzel is amazing. No other Bialys in Manhattan compare to Kossar's. In fact I have seen bialys from Kossar's being sold at other bagel shops.

              1. re: Motosport

                Thank you both for the tip on the pletzel. I've had Kossar's bialys (bialies?) before, but never got past those. I could do with some old-timey bagels, though. I know exactly what you mean, City Kid, by huge & puffy - although I never seem to complain while eating a huge, puffy bagel either.

          2. Kossar's totally fell off my radar in terms of bagels, so thanks for the reminder.

            I typically like the bagel run to be the last thing we do before picking up the luggage at the hotel and jumping in a cab to Penn (just in case they're right out of the oven - hey, you never know). But I'll definitely note the others in case we pick them up while we're out & about during the day. Thanks!

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            1. re: VaPaula

              Wow, having a cabbie wait while you run in for bagels ... makes for one darn expensive dozen bagels.

              1. re: ipsedixit

                Some things are sacred and may defy logic. I can totally understand.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  No, bagels BEFORE the cab. Although depending on the situation, I could see me doing that - ha ha. I agree with Motosport - some things are sacred. We ate our last 2 NYC bagels over the weekend, those from Tal on the UWS (where we stayed last time). My favorites are still in my old 'hood, York & 76th, called something like, "Bagels" or "Bagels & Co."

                  1. re: VaPaula

                    TAL makes a very nice bagel. In my top 5 for sure.

                    1. re: Motosport

                      Without hijacking this thread, would you mind giving me your top 5 bagel spots in Manhattan?

                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        It'll cost you!!
                        Ess-A-Bagel
                        Tal
                        Kossar's
                        Bagel Express
                        Daniels

                        Kossar's stands alone for bialys!!!!!!!!

                        1. re: Motosport

                          Which EAB location? Only been to the (newer) one in MTE, and didn't find it all that, but heard the original locale was better.

                          I personally like Absolute and Murray's.

                          1. re: ipsedixit

                            Both Ess-A-Bagel locations work for me. My lovely wife says they are excellent bagels but "too big!" Go figure?

                            1. re: Motosport

                              Don't let her visit Los Angeles ...