The Best Bagels in NYC, Ranked
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. But when a serious craving hits, only the chewiest, warmest, crispy-on-the-outside bagel will do—and fast. So we’ve created a handy guide for where to get the best bagels in NYC (all of which also offer takeout and/or delivery).
21. Finn's Bagels
PureWow editor Kara Cuzzone loves Finn's bagel sandwiches for their perfect egg-to-cheese ratio. The staff is friendly and attentive too, often greeting regulars by name and having their orders memorized. Now that's service. Order through Seamless for takeout and delivery.
477 10th Ave.; Seamless
19. Bagels & Schmear
A no-frills joint with top-notch bagels and avocado cream cheese? We’re in, especially when you can have it delivered right to your door.
116 E. 28th St.; bagelsandschmear.com
16. Leo's Bagels
The Financial District deserves a good bacon, egg and cheese, too. Leo's offers takeout, so you can get your fix right away.
3 Hanover Sq.; 212-785-4700 or leosbagels.com
15. Shelsky's Smoked Fish
Top your poppyseed with lox, sable and creamed herring. Trust us on this one. Then go ahead and place a pickup order by calling (718) 855-8817.
141 Court St., Brooklyn; shelskys.com
13. 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. They're available for pickup and delivery, and like Zabar's, these bagels can be shipped nationwide.
1551 Second Ave. (at 80th St.); 212-734-7441 or hhmidtownbagelseast.com
12. Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee Company
Available for pickup and delivery, the hardest part about ordering from Brooklyn Bagel is choosing which bagel-flavor-and-schmear combo to go with (but we highly recommend the everything with bacon scallion cream cheese).
Locations in Manhattan and Queens; brooklynbagelandcoffeecompany.com
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. Grab a half-dozen for takeout or delivery and enjoy breakfast for days.
235 W. 116th St.; bosbagels.com
10. Tompkins Square Bagels
It has normal stuff, too, but if you want to go a little crazy (and we know you do), order the mac-and-cheese bagel for pickup or delivery.
165 Ave. A (at Tenth St.); 646-351-6520 or tompkinssquarebagels.com
9. Bagel Pub
Park Slope residents, rejoice. We’ve found the perfect vehicle for lox and capers, and you can have it delivered.
287 Ninth St. (at Fifth Ave.), Brooklyn; 718-499-4402 or bagelpub.com
8. Utopia Bagels
If you aren't within delivery range, you’ll have to travel to where the subways don’t go to grab takeout from 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.) Takeout and delivery are available, so honestly, what are you waiting for?
Locations in Chelsea and Greenwich Village; 646-638-1335 or murraysbagelschelsea.com
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. Prepare to get to know the delivery folks real well.
Multiple locations; blackseedbagels.com
5. Best Bagel & Coffee
With a name like this, you know it has to be good. (Oh, and it is.) You can place online orders via GrubHub.
225 W. 35th St. (at Seventh Ave.); 212-564-4409
3. David's Bagels
An East Village classic with mind-blowingly awesome bagels and possibly the friendliest staff in town, offering their wares via takeout and delivery.
273 First Ave. (at 17th St.); davidsbagels.com or 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.” They're offering takeout only for the time being, but it's worth the trek, no matter where you live.
2788 Broadway (at 108th St.); 212-932-2052
The original and still-reigning queen, offering takeout and delivery (including nationwide shipping via Goldbelly). 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