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324 1st Ave, New York City, NY 10009
+1 212-260-2252
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  • Very good30%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Cafe, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly
324 1st Ave, New York City, NY 10009
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My man Steve hooked it up. Everything bagel, nova lox, scallion cream cheese, and sliced onion. The bagel was chewy and delicious (and ENORMOUS, I had to push my lunch plans back). Stop in if you have the chance, you won't be disappointed.

Thank jessecurry
Reviewed 1 week ago

Based on the recommendation of a friend, who is a New Yorker, for the best place to buy bagels....we visited Ess-a-Bagels on 3rd Ave near the corner of 50th. We've been to several bagel bakeries in the area and this is by far the best...More

Thank thjenks
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

To me this is an "original" bagel place. Many creamcheese selections, many bagel selections... a few other things. The bagels are top notch, I found the creamcheeses just average. However, the big thing during our visit was the friendliness of staff... they really made our...More

Thank Michael B
Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

Large choice of delicious bread. Fresh ans various kind if product. Very kind service as well. I recommend !

Thank Corentin D
Reviewed 22 April 2017 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
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
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
Reviewed 11 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
Reviewed 1 January 2017

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...More

Thank seanworc
Reviewed 31 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....More

Thank Melanie C
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Can any 1 please let me know what the price are please
26 January 2017|
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Response from mildred01072007 | Reviewed this property |
Around US$ 8-10 average. For Other sandwiches with more fillings you pay a little more.
Stephen B
Do you have gluten-free options?
15 September 2015|
Response from Jess M | Reviewed this property |
They do have some salads that are gluten free, but not bagels (as far as I saw anyway) and I studied the menu fairly closely.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 20
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Delivery
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
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
  • E-mail
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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