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.
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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
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!!
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
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.
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
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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