Asking a New Yorker to choose their favorite bagel is like asking them to choose their favorite season of 90210. But in the end, we all do, in fact, have favorites (Season 5 FTW!). Here are 12 spots that make the traditional New York delicacy -- with consideration to texture, toppings, and taste -- best.
Upper West Side
Visitors are greeted at this Thai-owned bakery by a Jenga-esque stack of freshly baked, palm-sized bagels, which they generously spread with smooth and light cream cheese. Soft dough, slightly crusty exterior, and mild sweetness -- more like Absolute-ly Awesome Bagels, amirite? ... Bueller?