Soft and chewy on the inside and perfectly crispy on the outside, it’s safe to say the bagels in New York are unlike bagels made anywhere else. Whether it’s due to New York’s rich history of immigration or something in the water, the state is proud of its bagel heritage. These are 10 of the tastiest bagel shops in New York State.
Known for its exceptionally large, fluffy bagels, Ess-A-Bagel has earned a loyal following and a reputation for making the best in the city. The shop often has a long line, but it’s worth the wait for the delicious bagel you’ll get at the end.
This family-owned shop has earned a reputation for its exceptional-quality bagels made with New York City water. The staff hand-rolls the bagels every day and mixes the flavored cream cheese in-house.
This family-owned operation takes bagel-sandwich-making very seriously. They make their own lox with a salmon-slicer in house, and offer a huge selection of cream cheese and other toppings straight from Poland.
Hand-rolled every day, Tompkins Square Bagels crafts its bagels with care. The shop offers a variety of bagels and spreads and a breakfast/lunch menu that includes pancakes, eggs, and sandwiches.
This East-End-of-Long-Island bagel chain has a large fan base of local and visiting bagel enthusiasts who eagerly queue up for its toasty bagels, flagels, and deli sandwiches.
With a name like “Best Bagel,” this place sets the bar high—and its big, fluffy bagels do not disappoint. The Penn Station-area bagel shop is a commuter hotspot with a perpetual-yet-fast-moving line that often stretches out the door.
Churning out big, fluffy bagels efficiently and without fuss is what makes Brooklyn Bagel (which actually has no Brooklyn location) such a popular bagel spot. Critics say their perfectly soft, crispy bagels are among the best in the city.
Bagels on the Square is a West Village staple, its friendly staff speedily doling out quality bagels to an endless line of hungry customers. The bagels are wonderful, the line moves fast, and you can head to the park across the street to people-watch afterward.
Regularly honored with the distinction of being the best bagel shop on Long Island, Bagel Boss makes an array of Kosher bagels and is open 24 hours a day. They also offer sandwiches, pastries, coffee, and catering.
Located in New York’s official “Bagel Capital,” this historic bagel shop has been run by the Fleischman family since 1967. The bakery offers delicious bagels, catering services, and a drive-through window for those on-the-go cravings.