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324 1st Ave, New York City, NY 10009
+1 212-260-2252
06:00 - 21:00
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Mon - Fri 06:00 - 21:00
Sat - Sun 06:00 - 17:00
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70 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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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23 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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403 reviews
162 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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70 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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108 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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169 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank ArthurFink
Winnipeg, Canada
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

Best bagel I've ever had! Be prepared to wait in line! FYI there are 2 order counters; one for bagels and cream cheese only (much quicker) and another line for bagel sandwiches and toasted bagels! There's only one washroom.

Thank Serge G
Metro Manila, Philippines
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

This is the best place to have bagels & cream cheese in NY. They have wide variety of cream cheese flavors & really good! I always have this bagel when in NY. The line is always long in the morning, the best time to visit...when bagels are freshly baked.

Thank mildred01072007

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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
USD 20
American, Cafe, Delicatessen, Kosher
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Delivery, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids
Open Hours
06:00 - 17:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 324 1st Ave, New York City, NY 10009
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Manhattan
  • Neighbourhood: Manhattan
  • 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?