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Guide to the best bagel spots in New York City, NY

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New York is the city that never sleeps. With iconic buildings, tall skyscrapers, and beautiful lights, New York has everything you want.

New York is famous for its food culture around the whole world. It serves you with many kinds of cuisines and delicious meals inspired by different cultures. The food is served with the finest dining and perfect quality.

One of the most famous and favorite New York foods for breakfast is, of course, the one and only - the bagel.

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Having a yummy toasted bagel with cream cheese while going to work or college is the ultimate New York experience.

So today we went on a hunt for the best spots in New York to get freshly baked bagels from. You can't go wrong with these places, trust us.


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Every day a big crowd lines up here to fulfil their desire of tasting the best bagel in New York.

These classic specimens are hand-rolled in-house and are boiled for a few minutes before baking them. As a result, we get thick crust around a dense, yummy, and fluffy centre with intense malty notes.

The bagels are offered in many flavors such as oat bran, poppy, sesame, and nine-grain. Deli meats and eggs are the traditional toppings over it.

The bagels are so tasty and good that they do not need to be overpowered with novelty flavors.

Address: 831 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10022

Tompkins Square Bagels

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There is no doubt that Tompkins square offers some of the best bagels in New York. It offers fresh, hand-rolled, kettle boiled and oven-baked quirky cream cheese bagels, and is a must-stop for visitors.

It has almost 17 types of bagels, 28 different flavors of cream cheese, 10 types of nut and fruit butter. Plus, it even has 10 different kinds of tofu cream cheese to choose from for those who are lactose-intolerant or prefer a vegan option.

Tompkins Square Bagels offer breakfast, lunch, and dining facilities to the public by serving the best sandwiches, salads, soups, and even fish as well, in case you are looking for something more than just a bagel.

Address: 165 Avenue A., New York, NY 10009 / 184 2nd Avenue (bet. 11th & 12th St.), New York, NY 10003

Black seed bagel

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Co-founded by Noah Bernamoff and Matt Kliegman, this place is not your average bagel shop. The well-known black seed bagel was opened back in 2014.

Since then it has been serving delicious varieties of bagel sandwiches, from pastrami smoked salmon to almond butter and jam addition.

The bagels are hand-rolled and then poached in honey before getting in touch with the wood-fire oven. The flavor is a bit salty, and a bit sweet with a hint of smoke. A unique take on the original bagel recipe for sure.

Address: 170 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012

Bagel hole

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As the name says, this shop is a true hole in the wall. The bagels are small with a crispy crust and a well-seasoned chewy center.

The bagels are a bit old-fashioned but completely addictive. The Bagel Hole uses malt instead of sugar, and that is why their taste is a bit complex and not sweet.

The bagels are good, well-textured, and fresh. They come in eleven different flavors that include eggs, pumpernickel, and salt. So if you are looking for a classic take, this is the place.

Address: 400 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215


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This Jewish bakery is a high-end cafe and is a perfect place to go when you want bagels for brunch. The cafe offers stacked plates containing sturgeon, salmon, house lox, and smoked sable from Acme along with many veggie options.

Homemade and hand-rolled bagels are stacked on oak dowels. So this is definitely one of those fancy options for your bagel cravings.

Address: 463 W Broadway, New York, NY 10012

Where do you get your dose of bagels from when in NYC? Let us know in the comments below.

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