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Ess-a-Bagel

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324 1st Ave, New York City, NY 10009
+1 212-260-2252
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06:00 - 21:00
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Sun 06:00 - 17:00
Mon - Thu 06:00 - 20:00
Fri - Sat 06:00 - 21:00
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

Walked here with our family from our hotel in mid town manhattan...worth the walk and wait on a busy Saturday morning! The Lotz bagel was best I've ever eaten!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

This are without a doubt the best bagels in the great city of New York. Totally worth waiting to get one.

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Thank Filipa F
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

Bagels are outstanding traditional NYC bagels. There is a place to sit and eat, but it was crowded. Worth fighting the crowds for.

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Thank Kimberly P
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

Ess-, which means "eat" in Yiddish, a-bagel, is a long time bagel store in Manhattan. It now has a few locations. Its bagels are distinctive because they are thicker than most store's bagels and superior in quality to any store-bought bagels. They are made in store. They will serve as a very filling snack or small meal. Visitors can dine... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Bagels are hot and fresh. Be prepared for long lines if you want a sandwich or toasted bagel, but if you can schmear and slice yourself, skip the line and order from counter. Seating and space is tight, as it is in many NYC restaurants. All told though, the bagels are worth it, thus the 5 stars!!

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Thank Melanie C
Seattle, Washington, United States
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70 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016

I'm not a New Yorker, and until I visited I didn't realize what all the fuss was about. But after visiting, I now know that 1) bagels in NYC are definitely better than anywhere else in the world and 2) of the 6 bagel shops I tried on my week-long trip Ess-a-Bagel was the best. The bagel itself was perfectly... More 

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Hanover, Niedersachsen, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

Our second time at this magic Bagel place after a few years and nothing has changed which is a good thing here! The Reuben Sandwich style bagel with Pastrami, Sauerkraut and molten Swiss Cheese was fantastic. We took five different Bagels home which you can get at the fast lane if you want them without anything.

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Westfield, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

After a long hiatus Ess-a-Bagel is finally back on First Avenue in the twenties. Across the street from its old digs in a buch brighter better laid out space. But I still miss its old cramped quaters. The bagels and cream cheese selections were stillof excellent quality. The service was good, but I missed the the "old team". The belly... More 

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Peaks Island, Maine
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

I was brought up in New York, and have come to believe that Ess a Bagel (and perhaps a few other bagel shops) define what is a great New York bagel. Thankfully, the bagels are delivered by kind, courteous staff. That's all great. But a few years ago they lost their space on the west side of First Avenue, across... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

Best bagel I've ever had! Be prepared to wait in line! FYI there are 2 order counters; one for bagels and cream cheese only (much quicker) and another line for bagel sandwiches and toasted bagels! There's only one washroom.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 20
Cuisine
American, Cafe, Delicatessen, Kosher, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Delivery
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
06:00 - 17:00
Monday
06:00 - 20:00
Tuesday
06:00 - 20:00
Wednesday
06:00 - 20:00
Thursday
06:00 - 20:00
Friday
06:00 - 21:00
Saturday
06:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 324 1st Ave, New York City, NY 10009
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Manhattan
  • Neighbourhood: Manhattan
  • Phone Number: +1 212-260-2252
Description
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?