Eve Turow
Eve Turow
Russ & Daughters
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Bagel Mercato
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1. Absolute Bagels 2788 Broadway, New York, NY 10025 (Upper West Side)

For the best bagels above 100th Street, look no further than this Thai-owned bagelry a few blocks south of Columbia. Absolute greets visitors with a Jenga-esque stack of freshly baked, palm-sized bagels with soft dough, a slightly crusty exterior, and mild sweetness. Service is quick, prices are cheap, and cream cheese is applied generously.

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2. Hot Bagels & Bialys 1201 Quentin Rd, Brooklyn, NY 11229

This simple bakery rolls and bakes their Brooklyn-style bagels right on the premises. Recently relocated from Forest Hills to Midwood, Hot Bialys & Bagels now offers more bagel options, along with seating. We suggest asking what’s just come out of the oven for the ultimate bagel experience.

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3. Ess-a-Bagel 359 1st Ave, New York, NY 10010 (Gramercy)

Owned by an Austrian family and open since the 1970s, Ess-a-Bagel hand rolls and boils in enormous pots visible from the (generally quite long) line. The double-fist-sized rounds are dense and could serve two if you're some sort of weirdo bagel sharer.

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4. Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee Company 286 8th Ave, New York, NY 10001 (Chelsea)

The small chain is focused on quality coffee, robust soups, sandwiches, and -- most of all -- your health, which sounds kind of strange considering they're a BAGEL SHOP. But it's also kind of true: they only use unbleached and unbromated flour and offer spelt and gluten-free bagels. Best part, though? None of that ruins the bagels in any way.

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5. Bagel Pub 287 9th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215 (Park Slope)

The family-owned local spot offers hot-to-the-touch bagels alongside a case of cream cheese varieties for your deliberation like bacon-cheddar, sundried tomato, or mixed berry. Lox servings are generous and the robust bagels are hefty enough to make for a top notch sandwich.

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6. Russ & Daughters Cafe 127 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

Around the corner from the iconic Lower East Side appetizing shop of the same name, Russ & Daughters Cafe serves everything you love about the original (pastrami-cured salmon, whitefish salad on a bagel, caviar) in a sit-down luncheonette space. Cafe-specific dishes like babka French toast and halvah ice cream cater to the brunch crowd, as do Jewish classics like knishes, latkes, and matzoh ball soup. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, R&D Cafe is proof that Jewish noshes are the perfect anytime food.

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7. Murray's Bagels 500 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10011 (Greenwich Village)

Opened in 1996, Murray's is a definitive New York institution. Expect some of the best traditional, hand-crafted bagels in the city, along with delicious smoked fish and pastries.

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8. Freds at Barney's New York 660 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10065 (Upper East Side)

Resting on the ninth floor of Barney's, Fred's offers classic, upscale American food like lobster clubs and tuna tartare, in addition to an impressive brunch menu. The environment is elegant and intimate, making Fred's the perfect spot for a post-shopping breakfast or lunch date.

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9. Bagel Oasis 18312 Horace Harding Expy, Flushing, NY 11365 (Flushing)

Hidden behind a weathered, nondescript facade, Bagel Oasis shelfs some of freshest NYC bagels across all varieties, including salt, whole wheat, egg, and bialys. Best of all, it's open 24/7, so even your post-3am sliced-nova-on-pumpernickel cravings can be satisfied.

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10. Bagel Mercato 70 Bay St, Staten Island, NY 10301 (Staten Island)

This kitchy shop right by the Staten Island Ferry has the locals in Staten Island getting their bagel panties in a bunch, thanks largely to freshly baked bagels made using a recipe borrowed from their sister restaurant Park Bagel in Dyker Heights. Expect crowds in the morning.

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11. Dyker Park Bagels 713 86th St, Brooklyn, NY 11228

There's no better place for some late-night noshing than Dyker Park Bagels. Open 24 hours, the bagels come with nearly a half inch of cream cheese and a mildly sweet tang.



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