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324 1st Ave, New York City, NY 10010-5611
+1 212-260-2252
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good30%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“ny bagel” (11 reviews)
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American, Cafe, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly
324 1st Ave, New York City, NY 10010-5611
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Hands down the best bagels I’ve ever had!! Generous and tasty fillings. Great staff, very helpful and friendly. Be prepared to queue at busy times though. This place is very popular with limited seating and we waited 45 minutes to get to the front of...More

Thank Lou_Spillit
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Love Ess A Bagel!!! I’ve been coming to this place for over 20 years!! I no longer live in NYC but when I come to the city this is where I go for my “bagel run” and they still have the best bagels in NYC...More

Thank AnnetteW
Reviewed 7 February 2018 via mobile

Great bagel! Few different choices of bagel, you would be able to pick from many different ones, a bit pricy tho but still worth to taste it! Service is very nice and “calm” absolutely relaxed environment.

Thank Francesco C
Reviewed 2 February 2018 via mobile

Outstanding bagels, hot and fresh, friendly and knowledgeable staff. Spotless dining area. Highly recommend, best bagels in NYC

Thank kpsoundadvice
Reviewed 31 January 2018

I have been trying to get to Ess-a-bagel for years. Finally dispatched the husband to go there, as it was right around the corner from the hotel. We ordered 4 bagels and took a baker's dozen back to Boston. Husband waited for 30 minutes on...More

Thank MRLF28
Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

How more “New York” can it get lining up for warm bagels at one of NYCs old favorites? You won’t be disappointed- take some to go - they are just as good at home. Lining up and eating in is a pleasant experience since they...More

Thank blandshaw
Reviewed 16 January 2018 via mobile

After reading many pleasant reviews I decided to grab brunch here one morning. I heard the line can get long and it was certainly out the door at 11am. Once inside the line was out of control (overcrowded and fire hazard)and the staff had a...More

Thank Vlacik
Reviewed 7 December 2017 via mobile

While the bagel my fiancé and I ordered was okay despite being vastly overpriced the staff were very very rude. Several staff members were extremely rude to other customers while I was standing in the line. I decided to go in later on the same...More

Thank Hamo1234
Reviewed 1 December 2017

This is bagel nirvana. Whenever I stop in, as I did over the Thanksgiving holiday, I still am thrilled at the prospect of taking my first bite. Simply the best bagel ANYWHERE. Love the poppy seed the best.

Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

.... and lots of other stuff too! Awesomely good. Service is excellent. Even when mobbed ( always), staff is outstanding! Don't let long line deter you. They move you thru quickly. Definitely a stop worth making.

Thank amyb3517
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26 January 2017|
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Response from mildred01072007 | Reviewed this property |
Around US$ 8-10 average. For Other sandwiches with more fillings you pay a little more.
Stephen B
15 September 2015|
Response from Jess M | Reviewed this property |
They do have some salads that are gluten free, but not bagels (as far as I saw anyway) and I studied the menu fairly closely.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 20
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Delivery
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 324 1st Ave, New York City, NY 10010-5611
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Manhattan
  • Neighbourhood: Manhattan
  • Phone Number: +1 212-260-2252
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Consistently rated the best Bagel in New York and possibly the US. Run by the same family of bakers for 40 years.
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