NYC Bagels. They’re probably the most popular food search term for NYC. Since moving here 8 years ago, I’ve been on the hunt for NYC’s best bagels. Now, I’m not sure that there’s this perfect, glorious, halo-wearing bagel out there but these are the places, in my opinion, that produce the ones that come pretty close
Don’t ask them to toast it. They won’t do it. And, they don’t need to! Murray’s Bagels are always so warm and fluffy, no toasting is necessary! They make killer BEC which always generates the best cheese pulls.
Go-To: Bacon, Egg, & Cheddar on a Sesame or Everything Bagel
If you are one of those people that says “Brooklyn is so far” “Ugh I am like NEVER going to Brooklyn” – not only do I sort of resent you but you’re truly missing out. Bagel Pub is like the closest thing to the perfect bagel you envision in your mind. It’s hot, warm, chewy, fluffy, crunchy. They also have the best darn BLT sandwiches.
Go-To: BLT+A with Mayo on an Everything Bagel
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There’s almost always a line in the AM and it is SO worth it. Or you could pay your postmate triple the cost of your bagel to deliver it to you, if you’re ballin’ like that. These bagels are like little fluffy clouds encased in a crunchy outer shell, and they are out of this world.
Go-To: Everything Bagel Toasted with Light Cream Cheese.
Hot and Crusty– I would walk 500 miles and I would walk 500 more just for these bagels. Holy guacamole these bagels are so freakin’ crunchy on the outside but have the softest, fluffiest, cloud-like center. They also have some bomb pastries. My boyfriend always says that you can tell a bagel place is good when their plain bagel is oh so tasty.
Go-to: Plain Bagel Toasted with Scallion Cream Cheese (or Chocolate Chip French Toast…. or both..)
Zucker’s – Now these aren’t the big, beautiful bagels you would imagine NYC is known for. They’re on the thinner side but they are DELICIOUS. And their delivery is like so fast I’m pretty sure they fly on magic carpets.
Go-To: Cinnamon Raisin Toasted with Butter