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359 1st Ave, New York City, NY 10010-5611 (Manhattan)
(212) 260-2252
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Ranked #199 of 11,650 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Delicatessen, Bagels
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: Manhattan
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373 reviews from our community

88% Recommend
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36 reviews 36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Good bagels but service could be friendlier. The goal is to expedite the line (which got really long really fast as soon as we got there on a Sunday morning) and just get the bagels out. My husband and I each had an onion bagel but he had the lox spread and I had the low fat veggie cream cheese.... More

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184 reviews 184 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

This particular Ess-a-Bagel location seems to have fewer tourists and crowds than the one on 3rd Ave, but the neighbourhood feels a tiny bit sketchy in the early mornings, so consider taking a cab if you wake up at the crack of dawn. Absolutely delicious bagels (the best I've had) that were warm and so very fresh. They offer salmon... More

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110 reviews 110 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Never miss it....upon arrival our stop is Ess a Bagel. Long lines, but they move quickly. Huge bagel sandwiches.....of highest quality. Leave room in your suitcase...a must to bring home.

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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We vowed to get authentic and tasty NY bagels before we left town, and here we did. No more to be aid for those who know what we mean by authentic NY bagels! We took their contact info so we could ship to our midwest location as well!

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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 via mobile

Busy, noisy, and bustling. Delicious bagels and the black and white cookie we were looking for! Fun little bagel joint.

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Orange County, California
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46 reviews 46 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Mean Mean Mean. I will never visit this place again. Staff is completely rude and the owner must be as well since she sits around watching everything that is going on.

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Syracuse, New York
15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

The bagels are huge (I can usually only eat half) but hungry teenagers will love them. The everything bagels are covered - on both sides - with everything. Their muffins are also tasty but get there early as there's usually a line of breakfast eaters.

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9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Since I grew up across the street from this Bagel shop, I can say only one thing; YUM! Even after 20 plus years, the family recipe stays the same. I now live in CA and wish they would open one here. When I visit home my first stop is here for that yummy warm bagel that puts a smile in... More

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San Francisco, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We visited 2 times during our New York stay. What we ordered and loved: Bagels (so fresh) with a thin layer of plain cream cheese and white fish paste. The white fish did not appeal to me until I tried my husbands. It is delicious!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Why is it impossible to get a good bagel in DC? Such a tragedy. But at least I got my fix at Ess-a-Bagel. The line was long, but moved fast. The bagels and lox are perfect. The tacky 1980s chandeliers make the place seem like my grandmother decorated it, which I love.

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