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Brooklyn’s 5 Best Bagels

January 16, 2013 6:00 AM

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We don’t need to tell you that New York has the best bagels. The question of the best bagel in the city is highly debated. We do know for sure that more than a few of the “best” can be found in Brooklyn. Here’s a list of where you should get your bagel & schmear. By Siobhan Wallace.

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Bagel Hole

400 7th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 788-4014

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Bagel Hole’s superb bagels have been increasingly known in the public eye over the past few years. Each bite through a perfect crunchy crust yields a pillow soft interior with a wonderful yeasty bread flavor. They bake bagels throughout the day so even those who work the late shift can get their hands on a fresh bagel.

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Terrace Bagels

224 Prospect Park West
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 768-3943

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Another undisputed great bagel in Brooklyn is Windsor Terrace’s Terrace Bagels. Their crust is a little on the chewier side, but they make up for that in size–the bagels are rolled so expertly that there’s barely any hole. Be sure to leave a little extra room for one of their sweets as well!

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Bagel Boy

8002 Third Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11209
(718) 748-0366

One of Bay Ridge’s longstanding favorites is Bagel Boy. If your bagel wants go beyond the usual butter or cream cheese, this full-service deli can whip you up a fantastic bagel sandwich instead. They’re also open 24 hours a day on Friday and Saturday for the late-night crowd.

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Montague Street Bagels

108 Montague Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 237-2512

Tucked away amongst Brooklyn Heights’ brownstones is Montague Street Bagels. Fresh bagels are made throughout the day at this 24-hour spot, a welcome early breakfast or late night snack for those working in the nearby courthouses.

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MIle End

97 Hoyt Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 852-7510

Montreal has long proclaimed that their bagels rival New York’s. When the Quebecoise eatery, Mile End, opened in Boerum Hill, it was only a matter of time before they started importing bagels from Montreal’s famed St.-Viateur. The bagels come covered in sesame seeds, and are thinner, flatter, and a tad sweeter than the traditional New York Bagel. They are only available until 11 a.m. during the day, but this is definitely a special breakfast treat.

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  • peach

    I know lots of Polish folks who have been on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem and when I ask them did you try a Reuben, pastrami on rye, a bagel with lox + cream cheese, they all said where in Jerusalem can you find them? I gather the tourists end up in parts of town that cater to stereotypical tourist cuisine…read hamburgers, pizza, kebab, pirogies, blintzes,etc. They ask me, are these items only to be found in the U.S? That I can’t answer, ‘cuz I have yet to make the schlepp to Jerusalem to find out 1st hand. Is it safe or fair to say that things like a bagels are are strictly an amareekn ‘thang’, y’awl.

  • david schutzman

    The best bagels in the tri-state area are found at Fair Lawn Bagels, an institution since the 60’s. Saddle River Road, Fair Lawnn, NJ (off Rt. 4).
    No better hand rolled, water bagel – crusty and chewy.

  • Edwin Rudetsky

    Brooklyn Bagels on Nostrand Avenue are the best.

  • Dawn

    The two bagel shops I think are amazing are Bergen Bagels in Fort Greene and Brooklyn Bagels in Astoria. Oh how I miss NYC bagels!!

    • Bagel Buffin' Jewboy

      I’ll send you some, where do you hide?

  • Dovy

    I’m not sure how you missed jewish bakery’s like ‘Original Brooklyn Bagel” on Nostrand ave and “Kosher Bagels” on Ave M off East 17th.
    “Oh Bagel” on CIA and Ave N makes some mean bagels, too

  • joe

    Utopia bages in Whitestone Queens are HIGHLY likely better then ALL 5 of this listed here.

    The brookyn bagle hole which i have never been to looks closest to Utopia
    type of bagels, but thinking nah not happening that they are better then these.

    B&H bagles which you here about so often in nyc, are mostly all hype!
    A great marketing campaign but with no real great bagel at all!

    food expert

    • jake in EU

      ye olde humble bagel started out over here in Europe in a place ya don’t associate with things kosher. I speak of Finland with its inventing of boiled dough baked during the Early Middle Ages into what is now called a bagel, a yiddisch expression for anything baked. Bagel as a word as applied to these boiled baked breads only after it left Europe and ended up in the U.S. German soft pretzels called lauge brotchen are also a boiled baked dough covered with a salt solution to give that salty pretzel taste. An unsalted soft texture German bretzel, its actual name which is the source word for a bagel tastes exactly like a bagel. Keeping things in a historical perspective gives a bagel a new slant on life …yes?

      • jake in EU

        Ah yes, before I forget. If one wants a bagel in the EU one has to go to Germany and ask for an weich bretzel, or a lauge brotchen. The only other place is Finland where they are called vetekli.

        Since taste is a relative measure from a cultural point of view, can anybody really tell a French baguette from an Italian loaf of bread in the same shape? but made in countries other than France or Italy. By this I mean all over the EU bakeries make loaves of bread locally but put the French name baguette on them. A majority of pizzerias in the EU are run by refugee Arabs from Iraq + Palestine and match the not so exciting pizzas made in Italy by Italians. The name of the item is relative at the end of the day…yes?

  • LEN

    JUST horrible

  • LEN

    southern Caiif.has no fine bagels.-its is blooming amazing.They can make supersonic planes but they are IMPOSSIBLE TO DIGEST.The best I have come across is the Brooklyn bagel in Los Angeles and they rate ONLY B. Also a New York Bialy is a lost art here.If you can make a great bagel,the world will beat a path to your place.FORGET A COLLEGE DEGREE LEADING TO UNEMPLOYMENT.TAKE MY ADVICE.PIZZA JOINTS ARE EVERYWHERE BUT BAGELS WILL LINE THE POCKETS-BUT THE PRODUCT MUST BE GREAT AND YOU WILL BE A HERO FOR LIFE.PLEASE SOMEONE RESCUE ME!

  • Robert Quade

    I lived in N.Y. for over 30 years and aside from the theater and opera what I miss most is N.Y. bagels. Even when I visited people outside of the city and asked them if I could bring anything, the singular request was bagels. Now I wish someone would do me the same favor. As I have said in the past, the worst N.Y. bagel is better than the best bagel sold elsewhere.

  • Mary

    Where can I get flagels in bklyn, si LI, nj?

    • abbyhess

      flagels available at ” Let there be bagels” in port Washington on Long Island

    • johanna

      russ and daughters on houston street in mahattan has flagels.

  • Sandi

    You think you’ve got no good bagels in NY try Northern AZ , Gene. They look like a bagel but in reality, it’s a white roll made round and sprinkled with FRUIT!!! We all know that no self-respecting New Yawka, or a Jersey Girl like me wouldn’t eat a freaking Blueberry bagel! I’d give anything to have a REAL BAGEL with chive cheese (also not readily available) and smoked whitefish!!! (also not available) I did live inDelray Beach for a while and can attest to the fact that the Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Co on Military Trail has the best bagels in the Area…Wanna send me a Care Package, anyone???

    • Joel

      Try Chompies in Scotsdale or Phoenix. I live in NY but whenever I visit family in AZ we go to Chompies. The best bagels west of the Mississippi.

    • Fhage

      admin Most definitely make them!! I use ralbey malt syrup and think its a must for both the bagels and the poaching liquid. It adds to the wonderfully chewy texture and makes them closer to Montreal Bagels (google it they’re amazing) I’m not sure where you live, but you should be able to get ralbey malt syrup I got it at Whole foods and I bet there’s a good chance they carry it at Safeway. Let me know how it goes!

  • Glen

    The best bagels I ever had were H&H bagels driven up to Cape Cod overnight and lightly toasted by Jack Clark in his tiny New York Bagel shop!

  • yo

    I’ve never eaten a new york bagel, but i still consider myself a bagel expert because i lived in North Carolina for several years.

    And i’m telling you that the bagels in Texas are the best in the country. New York cannot compare.

    • NY'er now in SC

      if you’ve never eaten a NY bagel, how could you possibly make that comment? NC/SC does not even qualify for a good bagel, much less a comparison to any other bagels. NY always has and always will have the best bagels, hands down. So, until you’ve tried one, you really should not comment.

    • Mark Herman

      You got to be kidding. I live in Texas 34 years and have not had a good bagel since the guy I went to school with in Brooklyn closed his shop in Dallas.
      Good bagels in Texas. Forgetaboutit. Her they think CiCi’s pizza is great.

  • Damian

    You have to try Ess-A-Bagel on 51st bteeewn 2nd 3rd Ave. I went when I was in NYC over Turkey Day its awesome. Bagels in SD dont even come close!

    • Steve

      I used to work at Grey and ate at Esaa every day! Bagels so fresh steam would come out of them.

  • Gene

    Send some to Florida! There isnt one place to get a good bagel.

    • JAke

      Don’t complain. At least the weather is nice!!!

  • Gene

    Send some to Florida! There is not one place to get a good bagel!

    • gene monihan

      The Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Co. in Delray Beach

  • Retired old Guy

    Bagels,bagels, bagels…’s all Hog Wash. Nothing beats a Krispy Kreme Donut to start the day, in the middle of the day and to end the day. Give me a donut anytime and stick the bagel in your bagel hole.

    • capoprimo

      Krispy Kreme can’t hold a candle to Cleveland’s Jack Frost donuts, and many other independently owned bakeries in this city. I know because I’ve lived in many parts of this great country of ours and consider myself as a well developed gastronome and cook.

      • joe

        cool info.

        try dottie’s diner donuts in Ct, if ever there. They are up there as greatest/
        by far best i have EVER had!

    • Anthony Pepe

      krispy kreme? what is this 1998?

      • NY'er now in SC

        krispy Kreme is as good as a NY Bagel!!! lol Especially when the sign is lit (hot out of the oven)

    • Ayelen

      It’s ok, but a very simple case. Once you have asked whaeetr revenues have increased because a volume increase or due to raised prices you can directly realize that variable costs will have grow up too, so the last remaining question will be about fixed costs. Once you have noticed fixed costs has been constant too, there is only one option; the products which have been started to been bought are those less profitable.

  • Bob

    The first thing I realized when looking at this list is that you have eliminated an entire segment, dare i say majority, of the borough of Brooklyn. You might want to check the areas near the ocean.

  • Agree

    I’d also like to add Bagel World to the list 339 5th Street Brooklyn, NY.
    These bagels are the best, and I can vouch for them because I’ve actually been to all five places on the list, and they’re all pretty great too.

    • Paco

      You have some great recipes here! Good luck with John’s gilerales! We just figured out my daughter was allergic to many, many foods too. Fortunately, non that are too severe just heart breaking for her. Way too many to list here. I will give your recipes a try although I will be altering them to fit what she can eat! Always a challenge. Thanks again for the recipes!

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