Where to Get the Best Bagels in New York City

From a Smear to Lox, These Bagels Are the Tops!

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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 always be boiled, and never be toasted. While some bagel enthusiasts love the large, doughy bagels found at most New York shops, others prefer chewier, denser bagels that are rarer, but not difficult to find. You won't know which type of bagel each shop produces until entering, so it's best to consult this list before venturing out. And, whichever type of bagel (everything, egg, pumpernickel or plain) and topping you crave be it lox (smoked salmon) or classic cream cheese, check out our picks for the city's best. For those that prefer toasted bagels, don't worry, most shops will be happy to toast them for you without judgment. 

If carbo-loading first thing in the morning isn't exactly your cup of tea, you might also want to check our list of best New York City breakfasts if you're looking for a healthier or more substantial way to...MORE start your day, or for other New York breakfast staples. 

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    This Upper West Side bagel store is popular with local Columbia students, and serves up large, light bagels near St. John the Divine.

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    Many New Yorkers (including Arthur Schwartz) claim the best bagel is in Brooklyn at the Bagel Hole in Park Slope. The Bagel Hole serves up the dense, chewy bagel that many New Yorkers adore.

    • Address: 400 Seventh Avenue (bet. 12th & 13th Streets)
    • Neighborhood: Park Slope, Brooklyn
  • 03 of 08

    Black Seed Bagels created a hybrid bagel that merges Montreal's wood-fired style with New York City's doughy, boiled variety. 

    • Address:  176 1st Avenue (bet. 10th & 11th Streets)
    • Neighborhood:  East Village 
  • 04 of 08

    A short walk from 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 (bet. 37th & 38th Streets)
    • Neighborhood: Midtown East
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  • 05 of 08

    Large, tasty bagels and lox dotted cream cheese can be found at these two wildly popular Ess-a-Bagel locations.

    • Address: 359 1st Avenue (at 19th Street)
    • Neighborhood: Murray Hill

     

    • Address: 831 3rd Avenue (bet. 51st & 52nd Streets)
    • Neighborhood: Midtown East 
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    Kossar's
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    This Lower East Side institution is most famous for its bialys, but Kossar's also offers deliciously dense hand rolled, kettle boiled malt bagels.

    • Address: 367 Grand Street (bet. Essex and Norfolk Streets)
    • Neighborhood: Lower East Side
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    No hybrids here. Mile End serves authentic Montreal-style bagels to skeptical New Yorkers. The original location is located in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, but they now have a location in Downtown as well.

    • Address: 97a Hoyt Avenue (at Atlantic Avenue)
    • Neighborhood: Boerum Hill, Brooklyn

     

    • Address: 53 Bond Street (at Bowery)
    • Neighborhood: East Village
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    Another shop serving the classic doughy variety, Murray's has two locations, in Greenwich Village and in Chelsea, and quite a few fans.

    • Address: 500 6th Avenue (bet. 12th & 13th Streets)
    • Neighborhood: Greenwich Village

     

    • Address: 242 8th Avenue (bet. 22nd & 23rd Streets)
    • Neighborhood: Chelsea