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Absolute Bagels

Bagel Shop$$$$
Manhattan Valley, New York
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  • The everything bagels at Absolute Bagels is a can't miss
  • Andrew F.
    "Amazing Bacon Egg and Cheese on an everything bagel."(39 Tips)
    Gayot P.
    "Cinnamon-raisin and egg bagel flavor is to die for!"(14 Tips)
    Sean D.
    "probably argue that these are the best bagels in New York City."(6 Tips)
    David P.
    "Everything toasted, lox spread...confirmed awesomeness!!"(14 Tips)
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  • William H.
    William HAugust 20, 2014
    Try the Thai Ice Tea - seriously! The place is Thai-owned and they nail the tea. Ask for it without ice for an even better value. Perfect compliment to the best bagels in the city.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Stephanie L.
    Stephanie LowSeptember 1, 2014
    NYC raved about this cosy spot. Run by friendly service, I loved the everything bagel with lox spread and Thai iced tea. Wow, do they give you your dollar's worth in that generous amount of spread.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Eater
    EaterApril 13
    For a breakfast-on-the-go, this Upper West Side bakery and bagel shop is a fine choice. Like, the perfect cookie, the bagels here are crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. Read more
  • Pei 👻 W.
    Pei 👻 WenApril 29, 2016
    Freshly baked sesame bagel with slathering blueberry cream cheese: crackly, crisp, chewy yet tender, dense yet light. The Thai iced tea is everyone's favorite, but too sweet for me.
    Upvoted 13 hours ago
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 23
    Enjoy warm, budget-priced bagels that are a bit larger than average. The egg bagel is a favorite. So is the everything bagel with the salty and smoky whitefish salad for an explosion of flavor. Read more
  • Gothamist
    GothamistMarch 5, 2015
    Naturally, one of the city's best bagel shops whips up one of the city's best bagel-and-lox combinations. Opt for any kind of bagel, plain cream cheese and lox. Read more
  • Ab
    AbDecember 27, 2015
    What is this wonder! The only way to go wrong is to choose the wrong combination. These are strong flavors. Try the Nova on Cinnamon Raisin w/ Herb Cream Cheese.
  • Douglas Elliman
    Douglas EllimanJuly 7, 2014
    Bagels that are consistently crispy-skinned, light, chewy and made fresh throughout the day. We love the various choices of cream cheese and the incredible white fish salad.
  • Foursquare City Guide
    For a breakfast-on-the-go, this UWS bakery and bagel shop is a fine choice. Like the perfect cookie, the bagels here are crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. Read more
  • Ramón T.
    Ramón TaylorOctober 9, 2014
    Get everything they have: Egg bagel & strawberry cream cheese; multigrain & egg salad; sesame & jalapeño cream cheese...all so fresh, so good; you can see the dough mixing process before your eyes.
  • Harumi U.
    Harumi UAugust 17, 2014
    Cannot say I have conquered every single bagel shops in town but their bagels are really chewey and nice! Yes ask cream cheese on the side and yes try the unexpected Thai iced tea.
  • Asher K.
    Asher KrellDecember 6, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Great bagels and the line moves very quickly so don't freak out if it's out the door. Best time to go is early in the morning when you can get a bagel hot out of the oven.
  • FreshNYC p.
    FreshNYC p}-:{>December 12, 2014
    A must stop for a bagel fix on the UWS/ Harlem, Absolute Bagel‘s chewy dough speaks for itself and has a variety of classic flavors along with fresh artisanal cream cheese varieties. Read more
  • Shannon V.
    Shannon VittoriaMarch 17, 2013
    Amazing pumpernickel, great with nova (super fresh) & cream cheese. Order everything at once (bagels and coffee) before you hit the register or be prepared to be screamed at...soup nazi style.
  • Matt Z.
    Matt ZoufalyMarch 21, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Absolutely the best bagel place around. Amazing walnut raisin and lox cream cheese flavors. Egg and everything babels are the way to go for the perfect Sunday mornings morning.
  • Marion
    MarionMay 26, 2016
    Egg bagel with butter and nova and a small Thai iced tea - breakfast perfection. Don't do what some kids ahead of me in line did and just order bottles of water 😭
  • Hector
    HectorDecember 8, 2016
    Lives up to the hype - one of the best bagel shops in NYC. Not a lot of seating. Lines move quick. Blueberry cream cheese is great, but avoid it on a toasted bagel.
  • lauren
    laurenOctober 23, 2015
    Everything bagels are solid. I wouldn't say best in the city, but would make a top 10 list.Good spot if you're in the area, not sure it's worth the trek otherwise. Long line & inefficient setup.
  • PureWow
    PureWowMay 9, 2017
    This uptown staple is not only one of the city’s best bagel spots, its prices clock in a little lower than some of its fellow heavyweights. Read more
  • Josh C.
    Josh C.March 26, 2013
    Delicious in every way. Lox spread on sesame as always. Plugs are in the southwest corner of the room and such friendly staff won't kik you out for using them all afternoon :D
  • Tanya R.
    Tanya RobinsonNovember 10, 2013
    They are VERY generous with the spreads. You could split it between 2 bagels. So tell them to go light if you don't want the spread oozing out all over the place. But if you like that, you're set!
  • stephanie k.
    stephanie kirrstetterOctober 19, 2013
    This is the best chicken salad I have ever had! Get it with an everything bagel with lettuce and tomato and you're set!
  • Sabina B.
    Sabina B.September 5, 2014
    Been coming here for years and Absolute consistently has the best bagels in NYC, hands down. Definitely worth the trek to the UWS. Cash only, beware.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupJuly 30, 2011
    This hidden treat creates a perfect bagel: toasted to ideal crispness, warm from the oven and groaning under the weight of a mountain of cream cheese. Cash only.
  • Anna K.
    Anna K.March 7, 2016
    Raisins pumpernickel bagel is absolutely the best. Try it with jalapeño cream cheese and salami. Smoked fish makes a nice pairing with chives cream cheese.
  • Rodrigo G.
    Rodrigo GonzálezMarch 4, 2017
    One of the best bagels ever. Pair with a super sweet Thai iced milk tea. Long queue but it goes by quickly. A must in the UWS.
  • Katherine M.
    Katherine M.April 28, 2014
    Gothamist says, "This uptown joint is the new neighborhood king, selling crispy-skinned, light and chewy bagels. Individual bagels run about $1... consume them ASAP. Cash only." Read more
  • Spotted by Locals - city guides by locals
    The bagels here are made the old-fashioned way and are constantly streaming out of the oven at a rapid pace - grab a few extras to bring home Read more
  • Arjun R.
    Arjun RamJuly 21
    Amazing bagel options including vegan cream cheeses. 😋 Only downside cash only. The line moves quickly.
  • Adam A.
    Adam ArangoJune 30, 2015
    Great and affordable. everything bagel was soft on the inside with some crunch and serious flavor on the outside.
  • Steve R.
    Steve RoseMay 27, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Freshest bagels I have found on the upper west side! Flavored cream cheese will run you $1 more than other spots but definitely worth it.
  • Katia B.
    Katia BekasovaFebruary 8, 2014
    Get an everything bagel with walnut & raisin cream cheese, or with strawberry cream cheese (tastes like an ice-cream or a cheesecake - delicious!)
  • Gothamist
    GothamistAugust 1, 2014
    While the bagels are delectable, they don't hold up to snuff after a few hours, so it's best to consume them ASAP. Cash only. Read more
  • Bond Street
    Bond StreetOctober 13, 2016
    "We mean it when we say the absolute best bagels in New York City are made by a Thai family on the Upper West Side." - Jeff and Eric Rosenthal, hip hop sketch comedians - ItsTheReal
  • Harper W.
    Harper WentzOctober 26, 2015
    I had the everything bagel with herb cream cheese, and it was delicious, you can watch them make the bagels! I highly recommend this place!!
  • JP F.
    JP FordJuly 13, 2014
    Every bagel is served right from the oven! I've never had such a freshly baked bagel anywhere!
  • Seth W.
    Seth WebsterAugust 25, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    If ordering two bagels, order one bagel with the (vegan) cream cheese and the other without, then split. They give plenty to share on each bagel.
  • Kyulee S.
    Kyulee SeoSeptember 26, 2016
    Nova & lox, blueberry cream cheese (not too sweet at all), and very fine bagels!
  • Liz B.
    Liz BaezMarch 13, 2017
    The bagels are fresh and hot. The cream cheeses a great variety. The jalapeño is must. I believe it's only cash which is ashame.
  • Alexey M.
    Alexey MakarinJune 23, 2017
    They do not accept credit/debit cards. There is no obvious way to get cash nearby. Try Lenny's bagels on 98th, they taste as good and do accept cards.
  • Carla M.
    Carla MoscosoOctober 5, 2012
    If you see a line, don't worry. It goes by super quick. Straight out the oven freshness. Everything & Sesame is the best in NYC.
  • Petra A.
    Petra AldrichAugust 24, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the thai iced tea, best in the city- and I lived in Bangkok so am picky! Also if you speak a bit of Thai they will take care of you. :)
  • Adam F.
    Adam FlomenbaumSeptember 13, 2014
    Always ask which bagels just came out, and if you even remotely like that type of bagel, get it. All cream cheeses are good.
  • Tyler L.
    Tyler LundJanuary 10, 2016
    Sure, it’s a bit of a hole in the wall and you question how they pass health inspections, but the bagels here are sweet doughy perfection. I definitely wouldn’t recommend hanging out at the tables
  • Way B.
    The real old school bagel freshly made here. Traditional setting with no fuss no fluff. Different spreads to choose from. Long lines on weekends.
  • Vildana K.
    Perfect for a lazy Saturday morning breakfast on the go. Very casual but filling and larger bagels that will leave you satisfied.
  • Vildana K.
    Perfect for a lazy Saturday morning breakfast on the go. Very casual but filling and larger bagels that will leave you satisfied.
  • Ting T.
    Ting TsaiOctober 26, 2014
    Bagels are a chewy awesomeness encased in a thin but crispy shell. Get the herb cream cheese with any bagel.
  • Eric V.
    Eric VenkerSeptember 26, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Just get a bagel, buttered and toasted. Arguably the best bagel in all of nyc. Phenomenal and cheap.
  • Etan H.
    Etan HorowitzAugust 26, 2012
    Excellent bagels and they have a whole menu of tofutti cream cheese options if you are vegan or dairy free.
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