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

Absolute Bagels
Ranked #29 of 388 Bakeries in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $1 - $10
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Takeout
Neighborhood: Upper West Side
Calgary, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
121 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
“Great No-Frills Lunch Stop”
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
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New York City, New York
Level 6 Contributor
136 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Delicious bagels!”
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
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New York City, New York
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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“Irresistible”
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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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Level 6 Contributor
385 reviews
243 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
“Absolutely best bagel I ever had”
Reviewed August 20, 2014 via mobile

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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Seattle, Washington
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Great Bagels”
Reviewed August 19, 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
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