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324 1st Ave, New York City, NY 10009
+1 212-260-2252
06:00 - 20:00
Closed now
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Sun 06:00 - 17:00
Mon - Thu 06:00 - 20:00
Fri - Sat 06:00 - 21:00
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24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I live in the area and can tell you there is none better. There are many bagel stores in the area and there is no comparison.

Thank caremanager99
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

Walked here with our family from our hotel in mid town manhattan...worth the walk and wait on a busy Saturday morning! The Lotz bagel was best I've ever eaten!!

Thank Laurie M
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70 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

This are without a doubt the best bagels in the great city of New York. Totally worth waiting to get one.

Thank Filipa F
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34 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

Bagels are outstanding traditional NYC bagels. There is a place to sit and eat, but it was crowded. Worth fighting the crowds for.

Thank Kimberly P
New York City, New York
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431 reviews
179 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 184 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2016

Ess-, which means "eat" in Yiddish, a-bagel, is a long time bagel store in Manhattan. It now has a few locations. Its bagels are distinctive because they are thicker than most store's bagels and superior in quality to any store-bought bagels. They are made in store. They will serve as a very filling snack or small meal. Visitors can dine... More 

Thank seanworc
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Bagels are hot and fresh. Be prepared for long lines if you want a sandwich or toasted bagel, but if you can schmear and slice yourself, skip the line and order from counter. Seating and space is tight, as it is in many NYC restaurants. All told though, the bagels are worth it, thus the 5 stars!!

Thank Melanie C
Seattle, Washington, United States
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74 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2016

I'm not a New Yorker, and until I visited I didn't realize what all the fuss was about. But after visiting, I now know that 1) bagels in NYC are definitely better than anywhere else in the world and 2) of the 6 bagel shops I tried on my week-long trip Ess-a-Bagel was the best. The bagel itself was perfectly... More 

Thank Jen B
Hanover, Niedersachsen, Germany
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114 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

Our second time at this magic Bagel place after a few years and nothing has changed which is a good thing here! The Reuben Sandwich style bagel with Pastrami, Sauerkraut and molten Swiss Cheese was fantastic. We took five different Bagels home which you can get at the fast lane if you want them without anything.

Thank Michael G
Westfield, New Jersey
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187 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 December 2016

After a long hiatus Ess-a-Bagel is finally back on First Avenue in the twenties. Across the street from its old digs in a buch brighter better laid out space. But I still miss its old cramped quaters. The bagels and cream cheese selections were stillof excellent quality. The service was good, but I missed the the "old team". The belly... More 

Thank maxinedds
Peaks Island, Maine
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93 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2016

I was brought up in New York, and have come to believe that Ess a Bagel (and perhaps a few other bagel shops) define what is a great New York bagel. Thankfully, the bagels are delivered by kind, courteous staff. That's all great. But a few years ago they lost their space on the west side of First Avenue, across... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Cafe, Delicatessen, Kosher, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Delivery
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
06:00 - 17:00
06:00 - 20:00
06:00 - 20:00
06:00 - 20:00
06:00 - 20:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 324 1st Ave, New York City, NY 10009
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighbourhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: +1 212-260-2252
Consistently rated the best Bagel in New York and possibly the US. Run by the same family of bakers for 40 years.

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