Bagels. They’re what New York City is known for, among a few other things. Every New Yorker has their bagel order perfected. Do you fall on the bacon, egg, and cheese or a cream cheese and lox side? Either way, we know you love an everything bagel. Though we may stray to a cinnamon raisin, garlic, onion, or egg once in a while, we always come back to an everything bagel. Here are the top bagel shops in New York City.
Founded in New York City in 1972, it is one of the longest serving bagel joints around. For over 45 years they have used their original recipe with the highest quality, all-natural ingredients, and the same artisanal water bagel method to make bagels. H&H Bagels has been famously featured in many television shows and movies including Seinfeld, The Office, You’ve Got Mail, Sex and the City, How I Met Your Mother, Entourage, Manhattan Murder Mystery, and Boy Meets Girl.
They truly are “Like No Other Bagel in the World”!
Every crunchy bite of their old-fashioned bagels leads you through a delicious journey into their chewy, fluffy center. In addition to their great taste, they carefully choose ingredients with customers health in mind, using only unbleached and unbromated flour which eliminates toxins from your diet. They also offer mini gluten-free bagels.
Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee Company has been serving Chelsea and Astoria for over 15 years. Although their passion is bagels, they make some mouth watering daily-baked Parisian pastries, classic cream cheeses and great tasting locally-roasted coffee.
For 107 years, Russ & Daughters has been an integral part of the history of New York City, a touchstone in the lives of generations, and the torchbearer of Jewish food in America.
As a New York culinary and cultural icon, they’re known for the highest quality appetizing foods: smoked fish, caviar, babka, and of course, bagels. The home of bagels and lox since 1914, Russ & Daughters has been continuously owned and operated by four generations of the Russ family. The original landmark shop on East Houston Street has been in the same spot all these years.
Bantam Bagels are everything you want from a great NYC bagel with a unique twist – each mini bagel is in the form of a ball and stuffed with cream cheese (or other toppings) on the inside! You may recognize them from ABC’s Shark Tank. A New York City based couple started the company from their Brooklyn apartment with mission to change the way people ate the iconic food. In less than 4 years they took their homemade bagels and opened a shop on Bleecker Street, caused a national disruption in the bagel market, and grew their distribution from that tiny shop to two product lines in over 16,000 stores nationwide. Lucky for New Yorkers, their Bleecker Street Shop in the West Village, is their only storefront and it’s open 7 Days a week. They even have new pizza bagels!
Sadelle’s is a New York brunch institution located in the heart of Soho. After opening in 2016, Sadelle’s quickly became one of the most desired reservations in New York City. This is largely due to the fact that they’re part of Major Food Group, the same company bringing Carbone’s famous rigatoni vodka to New York City. Sadelle’s has some of best bagels in the city, along with other quintessential classics like sliced-to-order salmon and sturgeon, chopped salads, and sticky buns.
Tompkins Square Bagel’s is truly a love letter to the East Village; a place owner Christopher Pugliese calls home. He puts the love, care, and that same attention to detail, into every aspect of the shop since they first opened. Chris wanted Tompkins Square Bagels to have a warm, homey, welcoming feel similar to the Brooklyn shops he grew up with as a kid. A place where no one could ever feel out of place, whether a college student, actor, policeman, writer, toddler or taxi driver. The bagels are huge, usually warm, and there is lots of variety.
When he was putting in long hours as a vice president at Merrill Lynch, Adam Pomerantz had a dream. His dream was to someday run his own business – not a business on Wall Street, but something much closer to his heart, and his stomach. He followed his heart and his stomach, and found a small storefront in Greenwich Village, which he renovated on a shoestring budget, opening Murray’s Bagels in November 1996. Adam named Murray’s Bagels for his father, from whom he learned his love of bagels. The original shop has expanded to accommodate its growth in popularity, but it still retains the same attention to detail, to quality and freshness, and to producing the best, most mouthwatering Murray’s bagels!
*This is an evolving list that is frequently updated.