There’s no food more quintessentially New York than an oversized bagel. While there are bagel shops aplenty no matter what neighborhood you’re roaming, these are the best of the bunch.
This Chelsea stronghold (with additional locations in Astoria) is perfect for those who enjoy giant bagels piled high with flavored cream cheese. Choose from spreads like lox, sundried tomato and bacon scallion and make sure to order the ever-popular everything bagel—served hot with a crusty outside and warm, chewy inside.
Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee Company. 286 8th Ave, New York, NY. (212) 924-2824
Tucked into a quiet section of 35th Street near Times Square is Best Bagel & Coffee. The shop’s newly renovated space is the ideal place to grab a snack while you’re in Midtown. The line can get long during peak bagel-munching hours but locals and tourists alike attest to the unmistakable quality of these freshly cooked creations.
Best Bagel & Coffee. 225 W 35th St A, New York, NY. (212) 564-4409
It’s hard to miss their giant green and red sign on Houston Street and there may be no bigger name in NYC bagels than the Lower East Side’s Russ & Daughters. Family-owned since 1914, this tiny store specializes in smoked fish, caviar and of course bagels. If lox is your bagel topping of choice, this is the place you need to go.
Russ & Daughters. 179 E Houston St, New York, NY. (212) 475-4880 ext. 1
While the line is intimidating (expect to see it overflowing to the sidewalk on weekends) the prize is worth the wait. Ess-A-Bagel has been operating on the East Side since 1976 using a family bagel recipe imported from Austria. The toppings are a veggie-lovers dream, with spreads like scallion tofu, green olive and double pepper.
Ess-A-Bagel. 831 3rd Ave, New York, NY. (212) 980-1010
One of NYC’s trendiest bagel joints, Black Seed has developed a cult-like following in Nolita. Its bagels are hand-rolled, poached and baked in a wood fire oven for a thinner, denser bagel than its oversized competition. Come on a weekday to avoid the line.
Black Seed. 170 Elizabeth St, New York, NY. (212) 730-1950