The 10 Best Bagel Shops In New York City

Bagels are one of New York’s most iconic foods — and for good reason.
There must be something magical in the water here in New York that gets the perfect amount of chewiness outside and softness inside.

Our friends at Yelp helped us put together a list of the top 10 bagel shops in the city.

Yelp reviewers named the Upper West Side’s Absolute Bagels their number one pick, but it’s pretty hard to go wrong with a bagel anywhere in New York.

#10 Penny House Café

732 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn
Prospect Heights

It may be a hole-in-the-wall, but customers go nuts for Penny House's breakfast sandwiches and bagels, especially with the spicy tuna salad, and the shop's Brooklyn-y vibe.

'Loved the lox and cream cheese bagel -- perfect proportions,' writes Yelp reviewer Rachel M. 'What a delightful spot. Playing NPR with yummy food and air conditioning? Yes please!'

Note: Yelp's search results are based on an algorithm that is designed to provide the best results based on a number of different factors including review text, ratings, and number of reviews. Because several factors are taken into account, this is why you may see a 3.5-star restaurant with 500 reviews showing above a 4-star one with 15 reviews.

#9 Murray's Bagels Chelsea

242 8th Avenue
Chelsea

The slogan for Murray's Bagels is 'we don't toast.' That just goes to show how fresh their bagels are.

Try their new David Burke special, says Allison S. Named for the famous chef, it's 'their traditional lox but with 'pastrami salmon.' Gives it more a cured-salty taste. Absolutely satisfying.'

Note: Yelp's search results are based on an algorithm that is designed to provide the best results based on a number of different factors including review text, ratings, and number of reviews. Because several factors are taken into account, this is why you may see a 3.5-star restaurant with 500 reviews showing above a 4-star one with 15 reviews.

#8 Barney Greengrass

541 Amsterdam Avenue
Upper West Side

Barney Greengrass may not sound like the name of a bagel shop, but don't let that stop you from enjoying a bagel with some of their specialty fishes like lox, whitefish, or tuna.

'The whitefish salad here on an everything bagel will CHANGE your life,' raves Michelle L. And just as an added perk, scenes from the movie 'You've Got Mail' were filmed here.

Note: Yelp's search results are based on an algorithm that is designed to provide the best results based on a number of different factors including review text, ratings, and number of reviews. Because several factors are taken into account, this is why you may see a 3.5-star restaurant with 500 reviews showing above a 4-star one with 15 reviews.

#7 Bagels on the Square

7 Carmine Street
West Village

Bagels on the Square is a no-nonsense shop; customers love quick, efficient service, and the bagels made while they wait.

'Pure NY bliss,' says Luxury P. 'There are no good bagels in L.A. We all know it's the water. Whenever I go to NY, I bring back at least a dozen bagels.'

Note: Yelp's search results are based on an algorithm that is designed to provide the best results based on a number of different factors including review text, ratings, and number of reviews. Because several factors are taken into account, this is why you may see a 3.5-star restaurant with 500 reviews showing above a 4-star one with 15 reviews.

#5 H&H Midtown Bagels East

1551 2nd Avenue
Upper East Side

H&H may as well be an abbreviation for 'bagels.' This staple New York bagel joint simply makes all-around great bagels.

'I'm from California, and I never really understood this whole 'NYC bagels are the best' talk until I came to H&H bagels,' writes Christine L. 'They are incredibly tasty.'

Note: Yelp's search results are based on an algorithm that is designed to provide the best results based on a number of different factors including review text, ratings, and number of reviews. Because several factors are taken into account, this is why you may see a 3.5-star restaurant with 500 reviews showing above a 4-star one with 15 reviews.

#4 Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee Company

286 8th Avenue
Chelsea

Customers rave about the quality of the bagels and the variety of cream cheeses and spreads at the Chelsea branch of Brooklyn Bagel (which ironically has no locations in Brooklyn).

'I'd make the trip from Philly to New York just to hit up Brooklyn Bagel,' Amina W. said. 'Anytime I'm in the city I have to stop in here, and sometimes I'll get a dozen and pop them in the freezer. Not nearly as good as fresh, but I've gotta get my fix somehow.'

Note: Yelp's search results are based on an algorithm that is designed to provide the best results based on a number of different factors including review text, ratings, and number of reviews. Because several factors are taken into account, this is why you may see a 3.5-star restaurant with 500 reviews showing above a 4-star one with 15 reviews.

#3 Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee Company

35-05 Broadway, Queens
Astoria

Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee Company comes so highly recommended that both of its locations made the list.

'I love this place,' writes Joan H. 'It's just got some super high quality bagels and amazing cream cheese choices.' Not to mention their cream cheese flavours of the week, which ranges in flavours from salted caramel to Snickers to cherry habañero.

Note: Yelp's search results are based on an algorithm that is designed to provide the best results based on a number of different factors including review text, ratings, and number of reviews. Because several factors are taken into account, this is why you may see a 3.5-star restaurant with 500 reviews showing above a 4-star one with 15 reviews.

#2 Ess-A-Bagel

831 3rd Avenue
Midtown East

Ess-A-Bagel is a longtime family establishment with lots of bagel and shmear choices. The line out the door is only a testament to how popular it really is.

'This place represents to me what a Bagel shop should look like and what a bagel should taste like,' raves Mohammed K.

Note: Yelp's search results are based on an algorithm that is designed to provide the best results based on a number of different factors including review text, ratings, and number of reviews. Because several factors are taken into account, this is why you may see a 3.5-star restaurant with 500 reviews showing above a 4-star one with 15 reviews.

#1 Absolute Bagels

2788 Broadway
Upper West Side

'PERFECT bagels,' says Brieann A. '(They're) soft, doughy. Lots of selection in terms of type of bagel and spreads. Generous serving, especially considering the price. Ideal for grab and go.'

Fans of Absolute Bagels recommend going before lunchtime when the bagels are freshest and the line isn't too long.

Note: Yelp's search results are based on an algorithm that is designed to provide the best results based on a number of different factors including review text, ratings, and number of reviews. Because several factors are taken into account, this is why you may see a 3.5-star restaurant with 500 reviews showing above a 4-star one with 15 reviews.

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