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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.
Warm and welcoming, Ess-a-Bagel is 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.
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.
Here’s a little-known secret; many New York City establishments serve H&H bagels. Chances are, if you’re eating a quality bagel at a store without its own bakery, it’s an H&H bagel. However, if you find yourself in Midtown East, head over to H&H Midtown Bagels East for a classic lox and bagel combination.