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Jun 13, 2013 08:35 AM

Best bagel near Penn station?

Staying at the TRYP hotel on W 35th street. We're only there for 2 days, and I really don't want a hotel breakfast. Any other non-bagel breakfast places appreciated, also

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  1. Breakfast near Penn Station:

    Where to Eat Near Penn Station:

    If you can go for a short walk, I love breakfast/brunch at the Breslin at the Ace Hotel. One of the best and most creative breakfasts/brunches in the city.

    1. I don't know of any excellent bagel places nearby Penn Station but there may be. If the weather permits walk over to Ess-A-Bagel on 1st Ave and E 21 St. It's not a short walk but worth it for an outstanding bagel.
      For breakfast try Penelope on Lexington and 30th St. A shorter walk.
      There is also Route 66 on 9th Ave. Sorry, not a short walk either.
      The Tick Tock diner is close but awful I.M.H.O..
      The Skylight Diner on W34 just off 9th Ave is pretty good if you keep it simple.

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      1. re: Motosport

        Ess-A-Bagel used to be great but with so many great bagels these days, I wonder if they are still considered good.
        I bought a dozen a few months ago and I was rather disappointed.

          1. re: Motosport

            To be honest, my town in NJ has one of the best tasting bagels in my's funny that a bagel shop in a small NJ town has good bagels but they are amazing. My husband is from Great Neck, NY and I was very disappointed that I couldn't find any good bagels from that town either with so many Jewish people. I also liked the bagels from a shop called the bagel store in Brooklyn.

            1. re: Monica

              .......and the name of the NJ Bagel Shop???? Might be worth a trip.

              1. re: Motosport

                Celebrity bagel shop in Tenafly NJ. We usually get them in the morning when they are hot I almost burnt mt hands once. Crisp outside and nice and doughy inside. They really are good. Another shop you should try is Bergen boulevard bagel shop in palisades park NJ. They too make exellent bagels. Tenafly is about 10 min north of GWD. Pal Park is also about 10 min from GWB. Give them a try if you get a chance.

          2. re: Monica

            Agree. Ess-A-Bagel's are no longer good, even fresh and hot. I used to love them.

            Loading them up with schmear and other toppings probably helps disguise how bad they are now.

            1. re: sugartoof

              Crispy crust, doughy inside and massive amounts of coatings makes my day. They are a bit big but I finish that off at lunch. Ess-A-Bagel is one of the few water bagel places. Too many bread rings posing as bagels.

              1. re: Motosport

                I've had cardboard with more flavor than a current Ess-a-bagel.

                The bread ring epidemic has been replaced by a Ess-a, Pick-a-bagel epidemic, or the lifeless things they sell at Whole Foods and elsewhere.

        1. If you're interested in bagel take out nearby -- or eating in a small, very modest place -- Zaro's Bakery inside Penn Station is pretty good, fresh and usually warm. I personally wouldn't go out of my way for Ess-a-Bagel, bloated and too bready, but I know there is a divergence of opinion on this subject.

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          1. re: City Kid

            Zaro's is indeed pretty good. I'd never even considered getting bagels from there, but I recently picked up a half dozen and was impressed: hot, fresh, "correct" amount of stuff on them. (Whole Foods sells bagels - Iggy's, maybe? - that are completely blanketed with sesame seeds. They're ridiculous.)

            1. re: small h

              Zaro's are bread rings and not water bagels.

              1. re: Motosport

                I would've made a flip remark like that myself, had I not very recently had Zaro's bagels and liked them. They were properly chewy, not like bread rings at all.

                1. re: small h

                  Agree about Zaro's, I didn't expect much and was very pleasantly surprised. Nice and chewy and not at all bready.

                  1. re: City Kid

                    Water boiling produces the nice crispy crust.

            2. re: City Kid

              I make it a point to grab a Zaro's bagel whenever I have to make a connection in Penn Station.

            3. Zaro's is a really good choice and its in penn station BUT Bagel Maven on 30th and 7th is SOOOOO good!!! definitely recommend- great spreads and awesome tuna/deli

              1. Brooklyn Bagel on 8th ave and 25st would be your best bet in my opinion.

                A second option would be Murray's Bagels a bit further south but also on 8th ave.

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                  1. re: dyrewolf

                    And 22nd & 8th. Which isn't what I think of as "near Penn Station," but it's not that far, really.


                    1. re: small h

                      Yeah, that is why I suggested Brooklyn Bagel first. I like Murray's better but it is a few blocks further south. Worth the walk though if you ask me. Both have good bagels but I think Murray's has better food.

                    2. re: dyrewolf

                      I was recently underwhelmed by my old favorite Ess-a-Bagel, they seem a bit flavorless.

                      Murrays is absolutely worth the walk from Penn Station!

                    3. re: Yaxpac

                      I was also going to suggest Brooklyn Bagel.
                      The bagels actually still have some taste here.