UPPER EAST SIDE
- Tal Bagels
333 E. 86th St.; 212-427-6811
Dense and chewy, with a strong skin for crunch and a slight sourdough tinge to the bready center. House rules: cash only, and no toasting.
UPPER WEST SIDE
- H&H Bagels
2239 Broadway; 212-595-8003
Purists insist that they’re too sweet and soft, but H&H bagels are the de facto standard, in New York and far beyond. Open 24/7 too.
- Daniel’s Bagels
569 Third Ave.; 212-972-9733
None of that sweet-and-puffy nouveau thing here. Daniel’s does a New York bagel right: chewy, dense, slightly bitter.
- Murray’s Bagels
500 Sixth Ave.; 212-462-2830
Catching the proper balance between chewy and doughy, they’re the choice of all the area’s discerning coffee shops.
LOWER EAST SIDE
- Kossar’s Bialys
367 Grand St.; 212-473-4810
The name and the reputation lead you to its excellent bialys, but you can’t go wrong with this landmark’s satisfyingly crusty bagels either.
- Pick a Bagel
102 North End Ave.; 212-786-9200
Here, “a dozen” means fourteen, hand-rolled in the old style. Delivers too, for those hangover Sundays.
BOERUM HILL/COBBLE HILL/CARROLL GARDENS
Best Neighborhood Bagels
From the 2007 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).