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“Great No-Frills Lunch Stop” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Absolute Bagels

Absolute Bagels
2788 Broadway, New York City, NY 10025-2827 (Manhattan)
212-932-2052
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Ranked #267 of 11,751 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $1 - $10
Cuisines: Bagels
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Takeout
Neighborhood: Manhattan
Calgary, Canada
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55 restaurant reviews
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“Great No-Frills Lunch Stop”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

If you're on the Upper West Side or near Columbia University, Absolute Bagel is the ideal place to grab a quick on-the-go lunch. Best bagel in New York? It's certainly a competitor. There is a huge selection of both bagels and gourmet cream cheeses. The Everything lox bagel is their most popular item with good reason; it's like every delicious bagel you've eaten thrown into one! The herb and jalapeno cream cheeses are particularly outstanding, but you really can't go wrong here. There are other cream cheese flavors (such as blueberry) along with the savory ones, so Absolute Bagels also can provide a sweet afternoon pick-me-up.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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New York City, New York
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80 reviews 80 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Delicious bagels!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Just a short walk from Columbia University, these bagels definitely set the standards high for NYC bagels! When you walk in, you might be at the end of a line, but the line moves fast, and the wait is well worth it. You see all of the bagels and flavored cream cheeses and know you are in bagel heaven!

  • Visited August 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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New York City, New York
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7 restaurant reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Irresistible”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

One word about the bagels...."Irresistible!"!" The staff is amazing and very kind.I will be going back!

Visited August 2014
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70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
“Absolutely best bagel I ever had”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Based on other reviewers we stopped here for lunch. The line was short and we were very happy with the bagels. There are many options for bagels and toppings. Mine was fresh from the oven and warm. The bagels are huge and cream cheese was generously applied. The place is small but has a few tables.

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“Great Bagels”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

I've been to NYC four times in four years, and always stop off here at least once for bagels. This last trip, I told a colleague we needed to come here for bagels in the morning, and she was a disbeliever -- "a bagel is just a bagel, like a donut". Next day, she was the one who made sure we came back here!

I like the everything with lox spread -- always a generous schmear. I tried one with just butter, and it was also great.

Go a few blocks north, and you can see the Seinfeld "restaurant" sign!

  • Visited August 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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