The Best Bagel Spots in Uptown, New York

Courtesy of H&H Midtown Bagels East
Courtesy of H&H Midtown Bagels East
Since the iconic H&H Bagels served its last smear years ago, New York noshers are still mourning its loss. Luckily for uptown eaters, listing every bagel spot in Upper Manhattan would be a (delicious) mouthful. For a classic local food in a quintessentially New York City area, stop by one of these uptown bagel spots.

Mike’s Bagels

Bakery, American

Something of a food desert, Washington Heights is the last place you’d expect to encounter an old-school New York bagel shop, yet that’s just what you’ll find in Mike’s Bagels. Keeping it classic, Mike’s fresh, chewy bagels (each of which will run you just $1) come topped with a generous smear of cream cheese, add-ons such as Nova salmon and pastrami, and, because it’s New York, a palatable dose of brash customer service.

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Zabar’s

Bakery, Grocery Store, Pastry Shop, American, $$$
Mac'n'cheese
Mac'n'cheese | © Jeremy Keith/Flickr

Where better to enjoy a traditional New York food than at the city’s most classic shop? At Jewish emporium Zabar’s, you’ll find plenty more to love than lox alone. Here, New York Kosher bagels are made with malt barley flour before being boiled and baked in-house. Snag one (or more) with fresh whitefish salad or smoked salmon schmear for a timeless taste of Old New York—and your new breakfast go-to.

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H&H Midtown Bagels East

Bakery, Dessert Shop, American
H&H Midtown Bagels East, New York
H&H Midtown Bagels East, New York | Courtesy of H&H Midtown Bagels East

Originally brought to you by the same team behind the dearly departed H&H Bagels (though now under different management), this Upper East Side spot will fill the H&H-shaped hole in your heart—or stomach. At H&H Midtown Bagels East, the recipe (and the customer satisfaction rate) hasn’t changed since 1974. The nearly 20 bagel varieties and 15 toppings, including sable, belly lox, and scallion schmear, continue to satisfy longtime fans while reeling in new ones.

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BO’s Bagels

Bakery, American

With the recent opening of BO’s Bagels, Harlem has further solidified its status as the New York foodie’s best-kept secret. Here, bagels in standout flavors such as Black Russian and blueberry (made with real berries and no sugar) are prepared in small batches in BO’s open kitchen, providing customers with breakfast and a show. Tip: Heed the shop’s invite to “car-BO-load” early as this mainstay in the making tends to sell out fast.

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Bagelworks

Bakery, Deli, American

A “cheat day” destination if ever there was one, the calorie-championing Bagelworks offers a refreshing respite from pervasive foodie health fads. Here, freshly boiled bagels are served slathered with homemade cream cheeses, such as bacon-cheddar and blue cheese-parsley. For those looking to gorge without sacrificing their health goals, even Bagelworks’ low-fat and tofu-based spreads taste like you’re dining decadently.

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