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324 1st Ave, New York City, NY 10009
+1 212-260-2252
06:00 - 17:00
Closed now
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Mon - Fri 06:00 - 21:00
Sat - Sun 06:00 - 17:00
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Peaks Island, Maine
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92 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I was brought up in New York, and have come to believe that Ess a Bagel (and perhaps a few other bagel shops) define what is a great New York bagel. Thankfully, the bagels are delivered by kind, courteous staff. That's all great. But a few years ago they lost their space on the west side of First Avenue, across... More 

Thank ArthurFink
Winnipeg, Canada
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Best bagel I've ever had! Be prepared to wait in line! FYI there are 2 order counters; one for bagels and cream cheese only (much quicker) and another line for bagel sandwiches and toasted bagels! There's only one washroom.

Thank Serge G
Metro Manila, Philippines
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is the best place to have bagels & cream cheese in NY. They have wide variety of cream cheese flavors & really good! I always have this bagel when in NY. The line is always long in the morning, the best time to visit...when bagels are freshly baked.

Thank mildred01072007
Detroit, Michigan
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457 reviews
309 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

I love Ess-a-Bagel. Just like every New Yorker has a favorite pizza joint, we all have favorite bagel places too, and this is mine. I was super jazzed about this new location opening closer to me, but the speed of service - or lack thereof - is deterring me from choosing this as my preferred location. The bagel-only line goes... More 

Thank waverider681
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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136 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

Great place located in mid-town to grab a bagel which you can customize to your hearts content. My favorite was always whitefish salad. Loads of other kosher options as well. Just be prepared to queue a while, but it moves fast.

Thank fearsomepuppy
Boston, Massachusetts
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1,654 reviews
1,283 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 893 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

Ess-a is back... they've moved down a couple of blocks (19th). The store is bigger and better... modern. The same great chow. Had a great bagel with egg salad... perfect! News Flash: They toast the bagels here now... never did it at the old spot. Welcome back... NYC's best bagels.

London, United Kingdom
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60 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

I went here to grab a bagel for breakfast. It proved to be a very busy shop with the line going down the street, but it was so worth it. Staff came around the line with samples to try for the waiting customers and the queue went down quickly. There is a big choice of bagels and so many different... More 

Thank natalie b
San Francisco
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2016

Truly, this is the only bagel worth eating - simultaneously dense and chewy on the inside and crusty on the outside - so big the hole disappears - a serious bagel. They are down to one store now, so at breakfast and lunch expect to wait in a long line if you are getting anything on your bagel. Still worth... More 

2 Thank TravelsForMusic
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2016 via mobile

The queue was right up to the front door and worth waiting for because the bagels we ordered were delicious. I had a smoked salmon with plain cream cheese on a fresh multi-seed bagel and it was packed! My husband ordered the Signature bagel which he loved. We ate these for brunch and they kept us going until dinner! I... More 

Thank PinkLadyJersey
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45 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2016 via mobile

I tried several times to have a bagel on the morning but every time there was to many people queing. At least, I had more time on Monday morning and I can buy bagels for my husband and I. For the morning we only took toasted bagels with butter. Amazing! We love it so much that few days later, before... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Fast food, Delicatessen, Kosher
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Delivery, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Local cuisine
Open Hours
06:00 - 17:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 324 1st Ave, New York City, NY 10009
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Manhattan
  • Neighbourhood: Manhattan
  • Phone Number: +1 212-260-2252
Consistently rated the best Bagel in New York and possibly the US. Run by the same family of bakers for 40 years.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?