Simple and scrumptious are two words that can sum up the iconic New York bagel. In a city as big as this one it’s rare to find a food that epitomizes New York as much as the bagel. The round roll with a hole in the middle became a staple within the city’s Jewish community in the early 1900s before it steadily gained in popularity amongst locals. While you might be able to buy bagels anywhere in the country, the authentic handmade ones in New York are unlike any others.
In North America there are two types of popular bagels, the Montreal-style and the New York-style. The New York Bagel is notable for being larger in size and puffy with a moist crust that provides the perfect combination of chewiness on the outside and softness on the inside.
Here are the best of the best bagels you’ll want to sink your teeth into while visiting the Big Apple:
Bagel Hole – www.bagelhole.net
400 Seventh Avenue
Ess-a-Bagel – www.ess-a-bagel.com
359 1st Avenue
New York, NY 10010
Kossar’s Bialys – www.kossarsbialys.com
367 Grand Street
New York, NY 10002
Murray’s Bagels - www.murraysbagels.com
500 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10011
David’s - www.davidsbagelsnyc.com
273 1st Avenue
New York, NY 10003
The Bagel Store - www.thebagelstorenewyork.net
754 Metropolitan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211
But we’re not finished! There is another option that has quickly taken the city’s foodies by storm, Black Seed Bagels. Being dubbed the hottest thing since the Cronut, New Yorkers are showing their love for a new hybrid bagel, which combine the best qualities of the New York-style and the Montreal-style bagels. Simply put, these new hybrid bagels consist of New York bagel dough that is then shaped and cooked in the Montreal Style. Located at 170 Elizabeth Street, you’ll need to arrive early and be prepared to wait in line for this increasingly popular treat!
Whether you like to top your bagel with lox, cream cheese or butter, your trip to New York won’t be complete without a bite of a bagel!