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Best of New York 2007 • Eating

Best Neighborhood Bagels

  • 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.

  • MIDTOWN EAST

  • 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.

  • WEST VILLAGE

  • 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.

  • FINANCIAL DISTRICT

  • 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

  • Court Street Bagels

    181 Court St.; 718-624-3972

    The weekend lines out the door pretty much say it all.

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From the 2007 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine

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