Where to find the best bagels in NYC
Russ & Daughters has been New York's pinnacle Jewish deli since 1914, serving lox, herring, bagels and other specialty foods out of their shop on the Lower East Side. Not only are the bagels stellar, but the bagel sandwiches are just as impressive like the Super Heeb with horseradish cream cheese, wasabi-flavored roe and sublime whitefish salad.
Ushered from the oven on oak dowels by the waitstaff, fresh bagels are annouced to the dining room with a shout of “hot bagels!” as they come through. The glossy, boiled-then-baked rounds, with toppings like salt and pepper or everything seasoning, are smaller than the average bagel making it perfectly acceptable to have more than one.
This neighborhood gem has been one-upping popular Upper West Side bagel establishments for years, serving freshly boiled bagels in their most perfect form. A respectable array of toppings includes cream cheeses (blueberry, sun-dried tomato, walnut-raisin), Tofutti, deli meats, salads and silky smoked fish—though we can happily tear into one of their bagels as is.
Large, crusty bagels with pillowy insides are hallmarks—along with an extended wait on their long lines—at this beloved shop, which launched in 1976 on 21st Street before expanding to Midtown East. Come prepared to choose between their 18 varieties of house-made cream cheese, from sweet (apple cinnamon, blueberry) to savory (sundried tomato, jalapeño).
This Nolita bagel shop has been getting a ton of buzz and not just for their hand-rolled and poached Montreal-style bagels and house-made spreads (scallion cream cheese, smoked mackerel). While they're menu is great as is, frequent collaborations with NYC's best chefs and restaurants have New Yorkers flocking for their inventive breakfast creations.
This Tribeca standby has been hand-rolling and kettle-boiling bagels since 1994 (they've even now expanded with locations on the UWS and in Grand Central). Choose between 18 types of smoked and pickled fishes from Acme, 16 cream cheese varieties (including four tofu-based ones) and 11 flavors of bagels.
The five-decade-old Fresh Meadows bagel maker offers firm, old-fashioned bagels that are kettle-boiled and then baked for a crunchy outer crust and moist inner chew. You can get this Queens landmark's hand-made rounds in flavors like egg-onion, everything and blueberry.
This legendary deli is a madhouse at breakfast and brunch and there's a good reason why. Their bagels are tender vesseks for the smoked fish platters, that are pricey but gargatuan. Same goes for the sandwiches that give you the option of packing it all on a bagel or a bialy.
This West Village standby—opened in 1996 by former Merrill Lynch VP Adam Pomerantz—turns out superlative bagels in 15 varieties (poppy, cinnamon raisin, sesame). The lines can be overwhelming but luckily the spot is able to crank through customers getting you a bagel and shmear faster than you can say Nova Scotia.
The Park Slope bagel counter specializes in hand-rolled, kettle-cooked bagels in 17 varieties (cinnamon raisin, pumpernickel, garlic), which you can trick out with a vibrant array of flavored cream cheeses (mixed berry, guacamole), smoked fish or with the bodega-breakfast-of-champions, bacon, egg and cheese.
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Smack in the middle of one of the largest Orthodox Jewish communities outside of Israel, China Glatt in Borough Park offers a massive menu reflecting a mix of cultures. Dinner guests can choose not only from kosher Chinese food, but also from American fare and sushi. While you might not guess it, the sushi, mostly fish rolls and tempura, is very good. You won’t find shrimp tempura on offer at the kosher spot, and the crab meat is actually kani, imitation crab, but the Combo Dragon ($10.95), with kani, spicy salmon, cucumber and avocado, is sweet and refreshing. Curious diners can order the Celebration roll ($13.95) with the tagline “It’s your occasion…make it a celebration!”: It includes kani, sweet potato, spicy salmon on top and a generous sprinkle of crunchy tempura flakes. The Chinese fare itself is typical of American Chinese food restaurants. Definitely ask for a vegetable egg roll ($3.50), just one per order, that arrives hot and crunchy with fresh cabbage on the inside. The cheeky menu touts Blai Zing Beef ($22.95), “the dish that stole the show,” featuring slices of beef breaded and sauteed with vegetables (baby corn, water chestnuts, broccoli, jagged-cut carrots) in a sweet and spicy sauce (not nearly as spicy as the pepper icon would have you believe), with rice. Not much attention is paid to the dessert menu, which lists basics like a chocolate bundt cake ($6.95) with ice cream, but the dairy-free ice cream is very good and “creamy.” The space is presented as a
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