• Bagels are most commonly enjoyed with seeded toppings.

    Bagels are most commonly enjoyed with seeded toppings.

  • A fully-loaded breakfast bagel \u2013 Image by Flickr user Elsie Hui

    A fully-loaded breakfast bagel – Image by Flickr user Elsie Hui

  • Bagels on bagels on bagels!

    Bagels on bagels on bagels!

  • Find all of your favourite fillings, and more \u2013 Image by Flickr user m01229

    Find all of your favourite fillings, and more – Image by Flickr user m01229

  • The famous Ess-a-Bagel in NYC \u2013 Image by Flickr user Dion Hinchcliffe

    The famous Ess-a-Bagel in NYC – Image by Flickr user Dion Hinchcliffe

  • A favourite for many, the classic plain bagel with cream cheese.

    A favourite for many, the classic plain bagel with cream cheese.

When it comes to New York’s best bagels, the locals take things pretty seriously. There are dozens, perhaps hundreds, of bagel shops in New York City, so a visit to the city would seem incomplete without enjoying this famous doughy treat.

Widely popular since the early 20th century when bagels were introduced by Polish Jews who had immigrated to the city, bagels have become one of New York’s staple foods.

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Ess-a-Bagel

Established in 1976, everything served at Ess-a-Bagel is certified kosher. Each huge bagel boasts a perfectly crispy crust encasing a chewy, swollen dough, while the bagel’s size is necessary to hold the lashing of fillings on offer. Located in Midtown East Manhattan, price-wise, these are some of the best middle-of-the-road bagels you’ll find in New York City. They’re oh-so buttery and so large that they often don’t have a fully-formed hole (which can only be a good thing).

831 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10022, USA
Phone: +1 212-980-1010
Pricing: $1.25 – $4.45

Sadelle’s

Fronted by master baker Melissa Weller, the bakery at Sadelle’s restaurant creates possibly the best classic New York bagel in the city. Smooth, slightly shiny, with a thin crust and a chewy dough, Weller’s bagel creations are hand-rolled – as all bagels should be. A favourite bagel joint on West Broadway, their ‘Everything 2.0’ contains inventive flavours such as fennel and caraway, in addition to traditional sesame and poppy seeds, while salted bagels are seasoned to perfection with black pepper. If you’re staying for lunch, listen out for the call of “hot bagels!” and prepare for a taste sensation.

463 W Broadway, New York, NY 10012, USA
Phone: +1 212-776-4926
Pricing: (bagels only) $2.00 – $17.00

Absolute Bagels

In the heart of Manhattan, Absolute Bagels are famous throughout New York City. This cash-only bagel shop serves doughy delights fresh out of the oven (ask them which ones have just been baked for the freshest bagels). Join the crowds who head there for breakfast, and grab an egg bagel with sundried tomatoes and cream cheese with fresh basil. According to many locals, Absolute Bagels are the best of the best, so you’d be foolish not to give them a try. For something with a little more crunch, try one of their delicious mini bagels.

2788 Broadway, New York, NY 10025, USA
Phone: +1 212-932-2052
Pricing: $2.00 – $5.00

Bagel Hole

Bagel Hole is one of the best places to visit for a “no frills” bagel – nothing but simple, perfectly-executed bagels with a generous schmear of filling. Located in the historic Park Slope neighbourhood of Brooklyn, Bagel Hole’s exterior gives away the building’s age, while the bagel shop itself was established in 1985. Bagel Hole has been coined as the best in the city by Mayor de Blasio, giving it a well-deserved publicity boost. This shop is also the place to go if your appetite hasn’t adjusted to America’s metric system portion sizes, as the bagels are more traditionally smaller in size.

400 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215, USA
Phone: +1 718-788-4014
Pricing: $1.00 – $6.95

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