New York Bagels
CLASSIC BAGELS & LOX w / Cream Cheese a NEW YORK CLASSIC
BAGELS & BIALY’S Since 1936
One of NEW YORK’S BEST
KOSSAR’S BIALYS: This LES institution may be famed for its namesake bialys, but the $1 bagels here are nothing to sneer at, either. The shop underwent a recent renovation and now sells a slew of spreads, but the magic here is still in the bagel itself.
Of course, if you’re feeling “adventurous” you can’t go wrong with a bialy—a pillowy round thing that looks a little bit like a bagel but will SURPRISE YOU when you bite into it and are overcome by the taste of onion—or try the “pletzel,” a savory, foccacia-esque flatbread.
Kossar’s Bialys is located at 367 Grand Street between Essex and Norfolk Streets on the Lower East Side (212-473-4810)
BIALY”S from KOSSAR’S …. a New York Classic Since 1936
ABSOLUTE BAGELS: I was skeptical that anything could replace my cherished H&H. But thankfully, this uptown joint became the new neighborhood king, selling crispy-crust, light and chewy bagels to the hordes of Upper West Siders and hungover Columbia students that line up outside on weekend mornings. Individual bagels run about $1.25, and you can pair them with an assortment of standard cream cheeses, meats and spreads; do note that, much like H&H, while the bagels are delectable, they don’t hold up to snuff after a few hours, so it’s best to consume them ASAP. They are also suitable for making pizza bagels, if you are the sort of person who finds that kind of abomination acceptable.
Absolute Bagels is located at 2788 Broadway between 107th and 108th Street in Manhattan Valley (212-932-2052)
MURRAY’S BAGELS: Murray’s broke my heart last year when they gave in to transplants’ demands and began toasting fresh bagels, a move I consider a great bagel shop’s greatest crime. Still, an everything bagel with lox spread is a work of art here. Go early to get the freshest bagel, skip the toaster and leave in the embrace of bagel-eating angels—note that there’s also a location in Chelsea, but the 20-plus year old Greenwich Village spot is above and beyond the best one.
Murray’s Bagels is located at 500 6th Ave between 12th and 13th Streets in Greenwich Village (212-462-2830)
WHAT’S on an EVERYTHING BAGEL ???
CARAWAY SEEDS … POPPY SEEDS … SESAME SEEDS … SALT … GARLIC .. and .. ONION …
MY FAVORITE !!!
an EVERYTHING BAGEL with CREAM CHEESE
PLEASE !!! Plain unflavored CREAM CHEESE, NOT Toasted