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“Awesome bagel” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ess-a-Bagel

Ess-a-Bagel
359 1st Ave, New York City, NY 10010-5611 (Manhattan)
(212) 260-2252
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Ranked #208 of 11,186 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Delicatessen, Bagels
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Good for: Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Dessert, Lunch, Delivery, Late Night, Takeout
Neighborhood: Manhattan
Toronto, Canada
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119 reviews 119 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
“Awesome bagel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

Very much like the other best bagel shops in NYC, they do not toast, and the funny staff here will tell you that immediately!
This place is super busy, and I literally had to stand and eat my whole wheat with lox spread and down my coffee.
As for the bagel: crispy on the outside, chewy and flavourful inside. IMHO, tied with Murray's for the best in NYC.
Nova/lox spread: Not as good as either Murray's, or my favourite, the spread at Absolute Bagels.

Visited March 2013
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Washington, DC
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53 reviews 53 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
“Best Bagels in the City!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

A visit to NYC is not complete with bagels, and Ess-a-Bagel's are the best in town! I especially love the pumpernickel, sesame, and salt bagels.

If I have time and am in the area, I usually order a nova lox and bagel sandwich. Otherwise, I just get half a dozen or so bagels to go.

Oh, and you don't go to Ess-a-Bagel for the atmosphere, you go for the BAGELS. (And if you used to get yours from H&H, these are much, much better.).

Visited December 2012
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Amazing bagels”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013 via mobile

We went on Sunday morning. Fabulous bagels, huge choice. Very busy so go early.
Well worth a visit, i would definitely recommend

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New York City, New York
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“the real deal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

a vanishing breed...a real jewish deli..Great Nova.....stand in line...know the rules...pay the money
it's worth it...whitefish salad, nice......go......these places are fading even in nyc....plus for my money, the best bagel in the city......ask what's hot..............

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“We loved it so much we ate here every morning!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

If you are looking for a solid local NYC bagel shop this is it!!! There is a variety of bagels and homemade cream cheese spreads. We ate here every morning and the food was great each time. However lines can get long but they move rather quickly and one morning they ran out of all bagels except for two different kinds. Great staff!!

Visited February 2013
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