Best Bagel Shops in NY

There are dozens of bagel shops in New York. Each of which offers a slightly different spin on this traditional New York City food staple. Bagel shops are everywhere. You can go to any town or city and find one, but whether they are chains or mom and pops, they cannot compete with the range and variety offered in New York.

1.Bo’s Bagels

This bagel shop can be found on W. 116th St. Bo’s is also the personal favorite of Shalom Lamm, putting it at the top of our list. Bo’s offers traditional bagels with a 24-hour fermentation, boil, and bake. along with specialty sandwiches.

2. Absolute Bagels 

Right on Broadway, these huge and reasonably priced bagels can also be delivered. Their everything bagel brings lines out of the door. 

3. Bagel Talk 

Bagel Talk features a variety of sandwiches and is open until 8:00p.m. on Amsterdam Avenue. It is perfect for those evening breakfast cravings. 

4. Tal Bagels

On E. 86th St, you will find Tal Bagels. Tal’s menu includes many flavors of cream cheese, along with lox, nova, and smoked salmon. Tal’s is also known for its incredibly fast service and serving breakfast for dinner. This is another shop Shalom Lamm enjoys visiting. 

5. Bagelworks 

 Bagelworks offers other Jewish-style specialties like knishes and black and white cookies. There are also plenty of Kosher meat options for their Jewish customers. 

6. Ess-a-Bagel 

This place can be found on 3rd Ave. with another location in Midtown. This classic New York style bagel shop has been open for more than 45 years, offering chewy-crusted bagels. If you have a quick order of just a bagel with cream cheese, there is a second line behind the building. 

7. Brooklyn Bagel and Coffee Company

 Brooklyn’s can’t actually be found in Brooklyn, there are four locations in Queens and Manhattan instead. Even though the name can be misleading, the breakfast food is definitely worth the trip. 

8. High Street  

High Street’s bespoke bagels are well known for their chewy and tender dough. Once customers walk in and smell the fresh bread, they fall in love.

9. Murry’s Bagels 

Located on 6th Ave., with a second location in Chelsea. These bagels are described as having a crackly crust and chewy interior. Murry’s offers a variety of meats with its bagels, including pastrami, salami, and chicken cutlets. 

10. Thompkins Square Bagels 

Found on 165th Ave. Known for its rainbow colored bagels, and a huge variety of cream cheese flavors. Thompkins offers an extensive menu with many options to suit every meal and every person. 

11. Sadelle’s 

Right on West Broadway Sadelle’s is most well known for its salt and pepper bagels. This unique spin might sway even the most ardent of bagel purists.  

12. Forest Hills Bagel 

Finally, the twelfth and last New York bagel spot on our list on Queens Blvd. Forest Hills. This place is known for its cinnamon raisin for those who enjoy sweet bagels, poppy and sesame bagels, and a whipped tofu spread.

Whether you’re a fan of traditional bagels or you want the taste of something new, there is a bagel shop in New York for everyone.

Best New York Slices

What makes a New York pizza so different from any other pizza? Well, answers vary by person but there are a few things everyone, including New Yorker Andrew Napolitano, loves – the crispy, hand-tossed crust, the wood-fired brick ovens that produce a one-of-a-kind flavor, and the thin, foldable slice that is so easy to enjoy. Of course, New Yorkers know the best places to find authentic Italian slices.

Start with Best Pizza, in Brooklyn. Here loyal customers can find pies that come from a wood-burning oven that is over a century old. Sicilian roots help owner Frank Pinello to craft cheese and white pizzas with all of the traditional yummy toppings. Grab a slice of your favorite and add toppings like caramelized onions or pickled veggies for an added punch. There’s a reason this joint is called ‘Best Pizza’.

Okay, so who really knows pizza better than the Italians who invented it? Joe Pozzouli, the owner of Joe’s Pizza, is originally from Naples, Italy – the birthplace of the famed pie. There are no frou-frou pizza pies in this place. Just honest-to-goodness ooey-gooey cheese, mozzarella and Sicilian square pizza slices. You can add your favorite toppings, but true New Yorkers love the simple, wedge-shaped slice. Large, hot and cheesy pizza at it’s finest is found at Joe’s Pizza.

Nothing beats the original and that includes pizzeria’s. Lombardi’s is heralded as the first American pizzeria. It still stands in the Little Italy section of Manhattan, serving up the New York pizza that was invented here in 1905. This is the favorite pizzeria of Andrew Napolitano, and with good reason. Smoky crusts, ultra thin and flavored with garlic infused oil or freshly crushed tomato sauce, can be embellished with basil, fresh oregano, and Romano cheese. There are also specialty pizzas like the Clam pie or the Spinach, Ricotta and Pancetta pie for those who like a little zing with their slice. The flavors, fresh ingredients, and love that Gennaro Lombardi used to craft his pies in 1905 are still being put into every slice that is proudly served to New Yorkers and visitors today.

Come and see why the people love the truly New York delicacy of a hot, thin-crust, slice of pizza made by these and other fabulous pizzerias.

Chicago V. New York City

Chicago has an infinite number of fun activities to do and so many natives that grew up and changed the world. Some include Kanye West, Jennifer Hudson, Michelle Obama, Ken Kurson, and Hillary Clinton. So many political figures and talented musicians grew up on the beauties the windy city had to offer. Having the midwestern charm is something New Yorkers could never do. Rather than giving a cold shoulder, natives of Chicago are just more willing to strike up a conversation and smile. 

New York City is the most popular city in the world. That being said, their food there is undeniably rich with flavor and history. It’s also crazy expensive. Compared to Chicago, New York City is luxurious. Something many misinterpret is how hard it is to be a homeowner in New York. Renting usually ends up costing more money than home-owning, to begin with, and for a fraction of the space.  New York City tends to be slightly more filthy then Chicago. There is always trash piled up on the sidewalks and there is definitely a certain smell the streets poses. However, both cities have lots of pride. Usually, whoever lives in either city loves it, and calls it their home. Ken Kurson has had the opportunity to see what living in both cities was like first hand and he will always choose Chicago over New York. Home is home for people. There are so many memories associated with our upbringing which is why it’s hard to decide which city is better in a non-biased fashion.