The French have the baguette, New Yorkers have the bagel. While we can’t speak for our European voisins, we can confirm that the cartoonish image of the bagel-obsessed city slicker isn’t too far from the truth. Discover the cause behind New York’s carb craze (and develop one of your own) at any of these bagel spots in downtown Manhattan.
Tompkins Square Bagel
East Villagers (and Instagram-enthusiasts) love this downtown destination for its extensive menu of old-school staples and, er, more creative cream cheeses and toppings alike. Tompkins Square Bagel bakes round the clock to provide the freshest (and chewiest, hand-rolled) base for your cheese of choice. The 25 different flavors, including birthday cake, chipotle avocado, and chocolate chip cookie dough, all look great and taste even better.
165 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009 +1 646-351-6520
Russ & Daughters
Since 1914, Russ & Daughters has been the Lower East Side local’s pick for classic combos, like bagels with lox and shmear. Step in to this appetizing shop and back in time as you choose from a timeless selection of homemade bagels, cream cheeses, and quality fish, like salt-cured belly lox and pastrami-cured salmon. Tip: homebound bagel fans should take advantage of the shop’s by-the-pound shmear selection, which features caviar cream cheese, goat’s milk cream cheese, and more.
127 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002 +1 212-475-4880 ext. 2
Bagels on the Square
In New York City, bagels aren’t relegated to breakfast time alone. Any time a craving for carbs strike, satisfy your appetite at Bagels on the Square, a Greenwich Village bagel shop operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week— yes, really. Offering everything from simple buttered bagels to tofu lox shmear, this neighborhood gem gives you exactly what you want, whenever.
7 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014 +1 212-691-3041
A taste of tradition is what’s on the menu at Murray’s Bagels, a Greenwich Village hub specializing in the classic New York bagel (recent toasting controversy aside). Here, bagels in classic flavors are hand-rolled and made fresh daily before being loaded with cream cheese, fresh fish, and New York toppings like corned beef and pastrami. Hey, if it ain’t broke, eat it.
500 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011 +1 212-462-2830
Bialys, the bagel’s less-dense counterpart, may be what put Kossar’s on the map, but it’s the shop’s classic $1 bagels which have kept it there. Serving New York City since 1936, this Lower East Side institution keeps things classic with kettle-boiled and baked bagels made with Kossar’s ‘not-so-secret ingredient, good old New York City tap water’. Toppings like cream cheese and smoked and cured seafood keep old traditions alive and new customers coming.
367 Grand St, New York, NY 10002 +1 212-473-4810
Brought to you by the team behind Carbone, and a Per Se and Roberta’s alum, Sadelle’s is not your average bagel joint. Putting an upscale spin on the New York appetizing shop, this Soho hotspot tops its homemade bagels with Icelandic sea salt and a customer-favorite ‘Everything 2.0’ blend before stuffing them with sliced-to-order salmon and lobster salad.
463 W Broadway, New York, NY 10012 +1 212-776-4926
Black Seed Bagels
The New York versus Montreal bagel debate reaches a delicious conclusion at Black Seed Bagels. At the shop’s East Village outpost (you can also visit Black Seed at its Nolita and Battery Park locations), a chewy, dense bagel is boiled in honey water and baked in a wood-fired oven, bringing you the best of two worlds. However, with menu items like the ‘Chopped Cheese’ and Mile End deli meats, Black Seed is undeniably a New York noshery.
176 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10009 +1 646-484-5718
Since 1994, Zucker’s Bagels has kept Tribeca fed, happy, and coming back for more. Here, 11 varieties of authentic hand-rolled, kettle-boiled New York bagels come packed with your choice of 16 cream cheeses and 18 smoked and pickled fishes.
146 Chambers St, New York, NY 10007 +1 212-608-5844