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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 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 22 best bagel stores in the city, ranked.

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22. Sadelle’s

At this Soho brunch spot, the much-buzzed-about “Bagel Whisperer” (and former Per Se baker) Melissa Weller cooks up hot, tasty bagels every morning.

463 Broadway; sadelles.com

21. The Bagel Store

Aka the home of the rainbow bagel with Funfetti cream cheese that broke the internet. Is it Instagram bait? Sure. Should you still try one? Absolutely.

754 Metropolitan Ave.; thebagelstoreonline.com

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20. Bagelsmith

Top one of these chewy wheels of deliciousness with jalapeño-cheddar cream cheese.

Two locations in Williamsburg; bagelsmith.com

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19. Bagels & Schmear

A no-frills joint with top-notch bagels and avocado cream cheese? We’re in.

116 E. 28th St.; bagelsandschmear.com

18. Davidovich Bakery

These hand-rolled-bagel wizards also provide their goods for brunch at Barney Greengrass.

120 Essex St.; davidovichnyc.com

17. Bagel Buffet

Don’t be fooled by the store’s unassuming exterior—the good stuff is inside.

510 Ave. of the Americas; bagelbuffetnyc.com

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16. Leo’s Bagels

The Financial District deserves a good bacon, egg and cheese, too.

3 Hanover Sq.; 212-785-4700 or leosbagels.com

15. Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee Company

Brave the line out the door and you’ll walk away with a damn good bagel (diavolo-chipotle cream cheese optional).

Locations in Manhattan and Queens; brooklynbagelandcoffeecompany.com

14. Shelsky’s Smoked Fish

Top your poppyseed with lox, sable and creamed herring. Trust us on this one.

141 Court St., Brooklyn; shelskys.com

13. Zabar’s

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; 212-787-2000 or zabars.com

12. H&H Midtown Bagels East

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

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11. Bo’s Bagels

When a Harlem couple couldn’t find good bagels in their neighborhood, they took matters into their own hands—and as their beautifully blistered rounds prove, they’re very capable hands indeed.

235 W. 116th St.; bosbagels.com

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10. Tompkins Square Bagels

It has normal stuff, too, but if you want to go a little crazy (and we know you do), try the mac-and-cheese bagel.

165 Ave. A (at Tenth St.); 646-351-6520 or tompkinssquarebagels.com

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9. Bagel Pub

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

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8. Utopia Bagels

You’ll have to travel to where the subways don’t go to try this Queens institution, but once you sink your teeth into a fresh-baked salt bagel with all the fixings, the commute will have been worth it.

19-09 Utopia Pkwy., Queens; utopiabagelsofnewyork.com

7. Murray’s Bagels

We're obsessed with this old-school classic, which only recently 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

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6. Black Seed Bagels

New Yorkers are naturally skeptical of any outsider bagels. But Black Seed’s Montreal-style bagels—boiled in honey, then baked in a wood-burning stove—won us over and now we can’t imagine life without them.

Multiple locations; blackseedbagels.com

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5. Best Bagel & Coffee

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

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4. Bagel Hole

This Park Slope shop provides the bagels for Russ & Daughters. 'Nuff said. 

400 Seventh Ave. (at 12th St.), Brooklyn; 718-788-4014

3. David’s Bagels

An East Village classic with mind-blowingly awesome bagels and possibly the friendliest staff in town.

273 First Ave. (at 17th St.); 212-780-2380

2. Absolute Bagels

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

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1. Ess-A-Bagel

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

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