No food item is more “New York” than the bagel. We took on the tedious task of ranking the city’s best. Here are the 6 best bagel stores in New York City. By Valerie Stivers.

Bagel Buffet


406 Sixth Avenue
New York, NY 10011
(212) 477-0448
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This is a superb example of a typical kind of New York deli. There’s a high-silver-topped counter holding loaves of cold cuts, saran-wrapped pasta salads, tubs of flavored cream cheese and cupcakes the size of space-ships. The fry-up guy moves at the speed of light on the grill. It’s open 24 hours, delivers, and the everything bagel is chewy, garlicky, onion-y perfection.

Bagel Hole

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400 Seventh Ave
Brooklyn, NY
(718) 788-4014

This undistinguished deli in strollerville (no spreads, no toasting) still has many adoring fans for its large, fluffy, square-ish hunks of dough.

Bagel Oasis

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18312 Horace Harding Expressway
Queens, NY 11365
(718) 359-9245
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A trek out to the boroughs to try a reputedly superior ethnic product is another New York rite of passage. The Bagel Oasis, since 1961 is Queen’s cult bagelry, an easy detour off the LIE. It’s open 24 hours a day seven days a week, and serves deli sandwiches, spreads, et al.



359 First Ave
New York, NY 10010
(212) 260-2252 831
Third Ave New York, NY 10022
(212) 980-1010
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It’s rare that there’s a near-consensus in any category, but Ess-a-Bagel is hands-down considered to have the best bagel in NYC. They’re enormous, tough-skinned, dense almost to the point of breadiness and have a malty kick. Ess-a-Bagel also provides a bustling, colorful deli experience with great whitefish salad, spreads, pickles, rice pudding and more.

Kossar’s Bialys

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364 Grand Street
New York, NY 10002
(877) 424-2597
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The runner-up is a no-decor storefront on the far Lower East Side with comically surly service and all the workings of bagel-making on display. The bagels are fantastic, but no trip to Kossar’s would be complete without sampling that half-a-hole step-sibling, the bialy. The cream cheese is a touch on the slippery side, but goes well with the bagel.


Murray’s Bagels

500 Sixth Avenue
New York, NY 10011
(212) 462-2830
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Any weekend morning Murray’s has a solid line from counter to door. These are plump, rounded, golden-topped bagels in an unsually wide variety of flavors, and both the toppings and the interior have a more gourmet feel than usual.