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Midtown East
0.4 miles from Grand Central Terminal
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Kosher
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
American, Cafe, Fast Food
Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

All I can say is yum. Fresh bagels in nyc? Yes please! The lox bagel had generous portions of lox. Nicely toasted to be crunchy but still chewy like a bagel should be.

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We got the avocado garlic cream cheese and the jalapeno cream cheese on everything bagels. The jalapeño cream cheese was great but the avocado garlic was flavourless. The bagels too left something to be desired. Perhaps they needed to be toasted better. Regardless, it was...an average experience.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed September 9, 2021

We love the bagels we get at Essa Bagel! We always bring some home! They are the best bagels!!! Go early, as they get really busy!!

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed August 16, 2021 via mobile

Great New York bagels! Long line but it moves fast. Hot coffee was average. They have Natalies orange juice, which was a bonus! Definitely recommend.

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed July 12, 2021

My daughter told me not to miss this place for a good bagel. Flavorful and chewy, big enough to share. Nothing beats a good New York bagel, and this is from a Chicago girl. I can only imagine the line on a weekend....

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed June 7, 2021

We grab a breakfast here every morning we’re in NY on our periodic trips. They are that good. We see no point in hunting out other options. First the bagel themselves - they are fantastic, always fresh, large and tasty with numerous varieties. Now let’s...talk about the fillings - just about anything you can think of. Our favorites are the fish based ones - salmon, whitefish, etc. we’re ex-New Yorkers who now live in rural Virginia AKA - no bagel land!!!!!!More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed June 4, 2021

I had a plain bagel (I'm a purist!). the size and color were nice, texture pretty good although I prefer a chewier skin and fluffier inside. flavor was a bit dull. it was a fine bagel but I've had better in Rockland and Westchester -...and the city!More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed June 1, 2021

Loved there breakfast coffee very fresh and delicious , can’t resist the pastry get me them bagels all day yea good

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed May 12, 2021

The name gives the connatation that the place is "Jewish" or kosher. Far far from it but the place is well organised and helpful. Bagels and spreads are top notch.

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed April 30, 2021

As a relatively regular visitor to NYC, we always have breakfast here and then bagels to go! We love it. Thanks so much, great food, great service....

Date of visit: April 2021
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November 17, 2019|
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Response from sunnyboy9 | Reviewed this property |
For sure. That’s what they did for mine
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March 11, 2019|
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Response from Haddon P | Reviewed this property |
we saw numerous people come in and pick up orders big and small.
October 26, 2016|
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Response from Amanda B | Reviewed this property |
They have pumpernickel raisin bagels! Not sure about plain pumpernickel.
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Yes, Ess-a-Bagel offers takeout services.

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Ess-a-Bagel is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 3.5