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Top 11 Bagel Stores For Lox And Schmear In New York

Bagel & lox © Alena Haurylik/Shutterstock
Bagel & lox © Alena Haurylik/Shutterstock
What’s more New York than a good bagel with lox and schmear? Everyone has their own opinion on where to find the best bagels in town, but there’s no disputing that some places are better than others. If you’re someone who enjoys the taste of Jewish cuisine in the morning and you don’t mind the smell of lox, red onion, and capers on your breath, this is the list for you.

Atlas Cafe

Cafe, Restaurant, Moroccan, Vegan
JOH_7930 | © star5112/Flickr
At first glance, Atlas Cafe seems like just another cute coffee shop, but once you familiarize yourself with the menu, you’ll realize you’ve found a secret gem. Their bagels are soft and the lox is fresh — plus, it’s not overflowing with ingredients, so it’s perfect to eat on the go as you stroll around the East Village and Williamsburg.
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Russ & Daughters Cafe

Cafe, Deli, Restaurant, American, $$$
The MasalaWala
The MasalaWala | © The MasalaWala
Around the corner from the original Russ & Daughters, Russ & Daughters Cafe is a sit-down version of the downtown classic spot. Here, you order a board of fixings instead of just a sandwich, so you can craft each bite in the way you like. Same fish, same bagels, but a totally different taste.
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Bakery, Restaurant, American
ess-a bagel
ess-a bagel | © Chelsea Nesvig/flickr
Warm and welcoming, Ess-a-Bagelis a classic New York City bagel joint that you don’t see much of in Manhattan anymore. While it’s well-known for its fresh, delicious bagels, the storefront has kept its authentic, old-school feel, offering classic New York City sandwiches. Of course, you can’t go wrong with a bagel with lox and cream cheese.
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Black Seed Bagels

Bakery, Restaurant, American, $$$
Montreal bagels, which are Black Seed’s specialty, are known for their sweetness and smaller shape compared to large, doughy New York City bagels. The ‘#1’ is a generous serving of this style, with a hint of sugar mixed into the bread. While you might be in this charming downtown storefront for breakfast, the lunch menu is not to be ignored. You can also get their bagels in other shops around the city, as Black Seed continues to grow in popularity.
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The Bagel Store

Bakery, Restaurant, American, $$$
Bagel with lox
Bagel with lox | © Kenneth Lu/Flickr
The Bagel Store has gained a significant amount of press coverage recently for their unique rainbow bagels, so it’s easy to stray from the classics here. With lines out the door almost every morning, it’s safe to say this place whips up a delicious lox and bagel combination. Made to order with friendly hipster flare, The Bagel Store is the place to go in Williamsburg.
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These recommendations were updated on November 7, 2016 to keep your travel plans fresh.