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324 1st Ave, New York City, NY 10010-5611
+1 212-260-2252
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  • Average6%
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  • Terrible1%
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American, Cafe, Deli, Vegetarian Friendly
324 1st Ave, New York City, NY 10010-5611
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing bagel and great service. Got a garlic with chive cream cheese- hot and fresh! Would definitely come back!

Thank Stephanie B
Reviewed 29 April 2018

My go to stop when I'm in town. The bagels and large and loaded with toppings (especially the ET bagels). They have it all. Smoked fish, spreads and even sandwiches. Be prepared to wait as they can be crowded. I call ahead and order my...More

Thank Bob S
Reviewed 11 April 2018 via mobile

A NYC institution have to go on every trip. It’s an experience in itself choosing what you want but the staff are very helpful. Food is great. Go and experience the real NYC bagel.

Thank stfernie
Reviewed 11 April 2018

The long line is for made to order sandwiches. Go inside, there is a shorter line for bagels and smear. The "Signature Favorite" was delicious....made with lox, smear, caper, onions, tomatoe, lettuce on a chewy bagel. I like how they mix the capers and onions...More

Thank glow4011
Reviewed 9 April 2018

This is my favorite bagel, anywhere. They are all great, but the poppy seed is a thing to behold. So great. Chewy and perfectly cooked. Loved my dozen (13) that I picked up on my recent NYC visit. Love it here... and their other location,...More

Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

Hands down the best bagels I’ve ever had!! Generous and tasty fillings. Great staff, very helpful and friendly. Be prepared to queue at busy times though. This place is very popular with limited seating and we waited 45 minutes to get to the front of...More

Thank Lou_Spillit
Reviewed 26 February 2018 via mobile

Love Ess A Bagel!!! I’ve been coming to this place for over 20 years!! I no longer live in NYC but when I come to the city this is where I go for my “bagel run” and they still have the best bagels in NYC...More

Thank AnnetteW
Reviewed 7 February 2018 via mobile

Great bagel! Few different choices of bagel, you would be able to pick from many different ones, a bit pricy tho but still worth to taste it! Service is very nice and “calm” absolutely relaxed environment.

Thank Francesco C
Reviewed 1 February 2018 via mobile

Outstanding bagels, hot and fresh, friendly and knowledgeable staff. Spotless dining area. Highly recommend, best bagels in NYC

Thank kpsoundadvice
Reviewed 30 January 2018

I have been trying to get to Ess-a-bagel for years. Finally dispatched the husband to go there, as it was right around the corner from the hotel. We ordered 4 bagels and took a baker's dozen back to Boston. Husband waited for 30 minutes on...More

Thank MRLF28
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25 January 2017|
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Response from mildred01072007 | Reviewed this property |
Around US$ 8-10 average. For Other sandwiches with more fillings you pay a little more.
Stephen B
15 September 2015|
Response from Jess M | Reviewed this property |
They do have some salads that are gluten free, but not bagels (as far as I saw anyway) and I studied the menu fairly closely.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Delivery
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
06:00 - 17:00
06:00 - 20:00
06:00 - 20:00
06:00 - 20:00
06:00 - 20:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 324 1st Ave, New York City, NY 10010-5611
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighbourhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: +1 212-260-2252
  • E-mail
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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