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American, Cafe, Deli
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Kosher

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Midtown East
0.7 km from Grand Central Terminal
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Reviewed 13 August 2022 via mobile

Visited here because I had read they do fantastic bagels with loads of choice of fillings, was not disappointed. Sometimes the line can be extremely long we waited maybe 30mins or more the first time. The bagels are big and I shared with my (teenage)...daughter and its was enough for both of us - we had the Ess-a-BLT with garlic and avocado cream cheese and the really stack the bagel. Definitely worth a visit, apparently it is pricey but it's in Manhattan so dining/eating isn't cheap. Never knew you could get more than 10 varieties of cream cheese until I went here! Well worth a visit if you're in ManhattanMore

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 28 July 2022 via mobile

Awesome Online Experience Was able to order the night before for morning pick up @8:30am. Was a little nervous we’d have a longer wait but it was ready and we were in and out in under 10min.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 23 April 2022 via mobile

World-class bagels ! We came with a friend, and she warmly recommended the place. And we were fulfilled ! Bagels are delicious, fresh, generous. There are at least 9 different kind (from plain to pimpernickl), and the seasoning and topping choice is huge). The personnel...is very efficient, and Beverley, the owner is a wonderful and nice person. I highly recommend this place.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 4 January 2022 via mobile

Considering the name of the place, the server seemed to need help understanding what a bagel was…. Ok so having been here a few times, the bagels were lovely, the service is slow and at times it’s like talking to a plastic hairbrush…. Even to...the point of saying they do not do something as a filling; and yet , we then have to point it out on the menu for it to “click”. I mean breaded chicken is breaded chicken , it’s not that hard to understand, we are English, we speak the language fairly well, we invented it! We found that after 3 times visiting, it got worse. Service was rude, did not understand simple requests, at one put we needed to repeat the same order 6 times! Since when has Egg Mayo bagel been a mystery ! … well it is to these guys , i might as well be saying I killed his new puppy by the way they rudely respond…. Go, but be warned, you may want to take a colouring book and pen so that you can draw little L pictures to help explain your order !More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 23 December 2021

This was very near our hotel and so we ventured here for some breakfast on our first day, we were not deterred by the queue which was out the door when we arrived, especially as it was double the size when we left! I think...what seemed obvious when we got inside was that it was rather chaotic and not very efficient, they may have benefited from more of a system in the ordering, that saying it had a large selection and there were menus available inside before getting to the counter which helped with choosing before getting to the counter. I enjoyed avacado garlic cream cheese with grilled chicken filling however the salt bagel for me just had too much salt on so it could not be finished! Overall good sized tasty bagelsMore

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 2 May 2021

The place to go to for a tasty repast. Freshly prepared. Well wrapped. We sat at an inside table. Very plasant.

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 28 April 2021

It's no secret that I absolutely love this place... and it's sibling uptown. This is the best bagel I've found in NYC. I always try to pick up a dozen (13) on my way back to Boston. My favorite here is the poppy... and sesame....True greatness! Stopped in on a Sunday... line is always out the door. I knew to call ahead and have them put aside my order... remember, you don't need to wait in line for "Bagel Only" ordering. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - "Hall of Fame"More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 27 April 2021 via mobile

Bagel was a bit too full of dough. Bacon and Egg on a poppy seed bagel met my expectations. Bagel was tasty but a bit too much dough. Otherwise the bagel I was looking for on this trip to the city.

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 10 September 2020

We'd love to visit if only it was a lot closer than 2000 or so miles away. Hopefully not too many visitors to Whitefish, MT were confused!

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed 10 June 2020

Amazing bagels, also breakfast sandwiches. The best bagels I've ever had. Clean deli with a ton of options. Can't wait to go back!

Date of visit: June 2020
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Reviewed 15 March 2020

I’ve been to this store/restaurant and it’s almost always jammed. They just opened a new store on 32nd St and 7th Avenue. Went in Wednesday around 10 AM and it was relatively empty. Same quality. lol cream cheese and onions on a fresh hot bagel,...mmmmmMore

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed 11 March 2020 via mobile

Definitely not Bruegger’s or Einstein. Their bagels were fresh and hot even at 10 AM. They were big, thick, had a good crisp crust and a thick but light interior. No need to toast. I enjoyed a sesame with lox cream cheese. My wife enjoyed...a plain with chocolate chip cc. The Friday morning line was out the door but moved quickly. It was packed, but we didn’t need to wait long to find a table.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed 9 March 2020

Wow, the bagels are superior here. I'm a bagel lover and found their bagels as good as any I've ever had. I think they've been doing this for over 40 years ands the crowds show how popular the food and service are.

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed 9 March 2020 via mobile

Helpful counter staff, very good spreads and a good amount of seating. Great place to visit when you need a sandwich or bagels.

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed 2 February 2020 via mobile

Came here on sat morning and there was already a queue for the bagels. I ordered a smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel and it cost us $14.95. I thought it was ridiculously expensive to pay that for a bagel. The cream cheese is delicious,...one of the better bagels I had during this trip but I don't think I'd come back again as for the price I was expecting something way better.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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jemina2015
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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.
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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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