Land of the free and 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 carb 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. (Did we mention all of these spots also offer takeout and/or delivery?)
The Best Bagels in NYC, Ranked
21. Finn's Bagels
- Delivery Services Offered: Seamless
If your go-to order is a BEC, head to Finn's for a bagel sandwich with a near-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.
477 10th Ave.; finnsbagelsnyc.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. They're available for pickup and delivery, and like Zabar's, these bagels can be shipped nationwide.
1551 Second Ave. (at 80th St.); hhmidtownbagelseast.com
Available for pickup and delivery, the hardest part about ordering from Brooklyn Bagel is choosing which bagel-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
- Delivery Services Offered: website
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
- Delivery Services Offered: ChowNow, Caviar, DoorDash, Seamless, Grubhub, Uber Eats, Delivery.com, Goldbelly
It has normal stuff, too, but if you want to go a little wild (and we know you do), order the mac-and-cheese bagel for pickup or delivery.
165 Ave. A (at 10th St.); tompkinssquarebagels.com
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; utopiabagelsny.com
One of the co-founders also started Murray's Bagels, so you know these are the real deal. Takeout and delivery are available, so honestly, what are you waiting for?
Locations in Chelsea and Greenwich Village; zuckersbagels.com
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
- Delivery Services Offered: none
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. 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.); ess-a-bagel.com