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You really haven’t lived until you’ve tasted a rainbow bagel with Funfetti cream cheese. You just haven’t.
Locations in Williamsburg and East Williamsburg; 646-883-1467 or thebagelstoreonline.com
Top one of these chewy wheels of deliciousness with jalapeño-cheddar cream cheese.
Two locations in Williamsburg; 718-218-7414 or bagelsmith.com
A no-frills joint with top-notch bagels and avocado cream cheese? We’re in.
116 E. 28th St. (at Park Ave.); 212-725-7873 or bagelsandschmear.com
The Financial District deserves a good bacon, egg and cheese, too.
3 Hanover Sq. (at Broad St.); 212-785-4700 or leosbagels.com
Brave the line out the door and you’ll walk away with a damn good bagel (diavolo-chipotle cream cheese optional).
Locations in Chelsea and Astoria; 212-924-2824 or brooklynbagelandcoffeecompany.com
Top your poppyseed with lox, sable and creamed herring. Trust us on this one.
141 Court St. (at Atlantic Ave.); 718-855-8817 or shelskys.com
No fancy cream cheese flavors here, but this market and its delicious bagels (brought in by a secret supplier) are quintessential New York.
2245 Broadway (at 80th St.); 212-787-2000 or zabars.com
Not to be confused with the original H&H (may she rest in peace), this also pretty-damn-decent spot is filling the void left by the dearly departed.
1551 Second Ave. (at 80th St.); 212-734-7441 or hhmidtownbagelseast.com
It has normal stuff, too, but if you want to go a little crazy, try the mac-and-cheese bagel. And we know you do.
165 Ave. A (at 10th St.); 646-351-6520 or tompkinssquarebagels.com
Park Slope residents, rejoice. We’ve found the perfect vehicle for lox and capers.
287 Ninth St. (at Fifth Ave.), Brooklyn; 718-499-4402 or bagelpub.com
We're obsessed with this old-school classic, which just started allowing customers to order its bagels toasted. (We still prefer bagels hot out of the oven, but toast them if you must.)
Locations in Chelsea and Greenwich Village; 646-638-1335 or murraysbagelschelsea.com
The Montreal bagel has arrived in New York, and it’s glorious. The dough is boiled in honey, then baked in a wood-burning stove.
Locations in the East Village, Battery Park and Nolita; 212-730-1950 or blackseedbagels.com
With a name like this, you know it has to be good. (Oh, and it is.)
225 W. 35th St. (at Seventh Ave.); 212-564-4409
This Park Slope shop provides the bagels for Russ & Daughters. 'Nuff said.
400 Seventh Ave. (at 12th St.), Brooklyn; 718-788-4014
A n East Village classic with mind-blowingly awesome bagels and possibly the friendliest staff in town.
273 First Ave. (at 17th St.); 212-780-2380
This Thai family-run bakery is serving little wheels of heaven warm out of the oven. To quote David Bowie, “I absolutely love you.”
2788 Broadway (at 108th St.); 212-932-2052 or absolutebagels.com
The original and still-reigning queen. We bow down to you, tender-but-chewy delight with just the right amount of crunch. Please take our life savings.
831 Third Ave. (at 51st St.); 212-980-1010 or ess-a-bagel.com
NYC: The land of the free and the home of the bagel. Travel within a one-block radius of your apartment and you’re likely to hit at least one decent place to grab a whole-wheat everything with a schmear before work.
But when a serious craving hits, only the chewiest, warmest, crispest (but only on the outside) bagel will do--and fast.
So we’ve created a handy guide: here, the 20 best bagel stores in the city, ranked. See you at Black Seed.
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