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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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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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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Ess-a-Bagel, Inc. is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
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  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 3.5