When you think of NYC food, I guess the first thing that comes to mind is pizza. But we’re also known for our amazing bagels! And just like with pizza, the secret to it is in the New York water. Our water is the softest, which softens the glutens, which in turn makes for a great bagel. And there you have it: we got the best bagels. I won’t even attempt to have a bagel anywhere else. Once you’re spoiled, that’s it, case closed. I went on a hunt for some of the best bagels in the city, because when you can have the best of the best, then why not. Below find five spots that I found are serving some of the best, but of course there will always be more….
Liberty Bagels has several locations, but my favorite is in midtown, right on 35th Street, just a couple of blocks away from Madison Square Garden. The bagels are made on premises, they are exceptional, both owners and employees take great pride in making the bagels, and everything else that’s prepared here. Of course you can get all kinds of cream cheese, some of them original, nowhere else to be found. I ate here many times, and was happy each time. It’s my go-to Bagel shop.
The Bad Bagel
You’ll have to travel to Brooklyn for this one, Bushwick to be exact, unless of course you live there. I travel for good food anytime, and I did, just to get a dozen of their bagels. They’re super fresh, nice and chewy, but not too much. Here you can of course also get some good breakfast items, but I am hooked on their bagels. There is a large variety, including of course the rainbow bagel. I love this spot. The Bad Bagel hands down has some of the best bagels in Brooklyn.
Of course there are tons of Bagel Shops on the Upper Westside, it’s hard to pick one, but Bagel Talk had me at hello, This place is pretty classic with a large variety. The options for cream cheese are also classic for the most part. What sets this place apart is their freshness. I took a dozen to a girl’s night (yes, we’re weird), and they were a total hit. Solid spot.
Yes, I will travel for good food, but sometimes I’m lucky, and it’s just a stone’s throw away. Empire Bagels, also known as “Just Bagels”, has been here seemingly forever. I’ve lived in The Bronx for over 20 years, and have always gotten my bagels here. Ask anyone, they’re really, really good. The line is long early in the morning, but the bagels are literally fresh out of the oven, and it’s heaven to bite into one!
Tompkins Square Bagel
Tompkins Square Bagel is very popular spot for a good reason. With two locations on the Lower Eastside, you will find a line on pretty much all times of the day. Everything is fresh, sometimes still warm, depending on the time of the day, and there’s a large variety available. They don’t seem to be out of any bagels at any time, which is one of my pet peeves. So thank you for keeping it going! Personal favorite: French Toast Bagel with butter. So good.