New York City bagels are famous and a point of heated debate among New Yorkers. Most New Yorkers will agree that a fresh bagel should never be toasted, but while some love the large, doughy bagels, others prefer chewier, dense bagels. Whichever type of bagel you crave, and even if you want it toasted, check out our picks for the city's best. You might also want to check our our list of Best New York City Breakfasts if you're looking for a more substantial way to start your day.
1. Absolute BagelsThis Upper West Side bagel store is popular with local Columbia students, and serves up large, light bagels near St. John the Divine.
2. Bagel HoleMany New Yorkers (including Arthur Schwartz) claim the best bagel is in Brooklyn at the Bagel Hole in Park Slope. Bagel Hole features the dense, chewy bagel that many New Yorkers adore.
- Address: 400 Seventh Ave.(bet. 12th and 13th Streets) Brooklyn, NY
- Telephone: 718-788-4014
- Neighborhood: Park Slope, Brooklyn
- Hours: 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Subway: F to 15th Street (Brooklyn)
- Cost of a Bagel: $.90
Grand Central, Daniel's offers the popular smaller, chewy, dense bagels. They won't toast them for you, but there's no reason to.
- Address: 569 3rd Ave (37th/38th Sts.)
- Telephone: 212-972-9733
- Neighborhood: Midtown East (Map)
- Hours: 5:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. (7 p.m. on Sunday)
- Subway: 6 to 33rd St.; 4/5/6 to 42nd St.
- Cost of a Bagel: $1.10
4. Ess-a-BagelAnother of the doughy, large bagels, Ess-a-Bagel is popular and a good choice in the neighborhood.
- Murray Hill Location (Map)
- Address: 359 1st Avenue (21st St)
- Phone: 212-260-2252
- Hours: 6 a.m.-9 p.m. (closes Saturday/Sunday at 5)
- Subway: 6 to 23rd St; L to 1st Ave.
- Cost of a Bagel: $1
- Midtown East Location (Map)
- Address: 831 3rd Avenue (51st/52nd Sts)
- Phone: 212-980-4315
- Hours: 6 a.m.-9 p.m. (closes weekends at 5)
- Subway: 6 to 51st St; E/V to 53rd/Lex
- Cost of a Bagel: $1.00
Fairway Market bakes bagels fresh in each of their locations around the city. Their bagels have a nice, crusty chew, and are a great choice if you're visiting one of their grocery stores. They also have mini-versions, which aren't as chewy, but are a great option if you're seeking for a smaller bagel.
This Lower East Side institution is most famous for its bialys, but Kossar's also offers deliciously dense hand rolled, kettle boiled malt bagels. Kossar's also ships their bagels and bialys.
- Address: 97a Hoyt Avenue, Brooklyn
- Neighborhood Boerum Hill, Brooklyn
- Phone: 718-852-7510
- Subway: A/C/G to Hoyt-Schermerhorn; F/G to Bergen; 2/3 to Hoyt
Greenwich Village and in Chelsea and quite a few fans.
- Address: 500 6th Avenue (12th/13th Streets)
- Neighborhood Greenwich Village(Map)
- Phone: 212-462-2830
- Hours: 6 a.m. - 9 p.m.
- Subway: F/V to 14th St