Ess-a-Bagel

Ess-a-Bagel

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Bagel Shop$$$$
Gramercy Park, New York
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  • Gothamist
    GothamistMarch 5, 2015
    It's hard to choose just one sandwich creation to rule them all. For the sake of diversity, we'll opt for the $7.50 tuna melt, for it is delicious, filling, and full of cheese. And tuna. Read more
  • Manon M.
    Manon MaouiApril 23, 2014
    Great and cheap bagels. May be cool to take away and go to union square or Madison square if the weather is enjoyable! The restaurant has nothing special but good food.
  • Brad G.
    Brad GrahamSeptember 21, 2013
    “The New York bagel is a classic, a must. Ess-a-Bagel would be an impeccable choice, either Midtown or downtown. Find a better bagel in your town? Not bloody likely.” 2 locations (midtown or downtown)
  • Eric T.
    Eric TashDecember 30, 2012
    Best bagels in NYC, & NY, the US and beyond. Before I get even more carried away, bagel purists and the occasional indulgers flock to this institution. Never ever ask for your bagel to be toasted.
  • ZZubin
    ZZubinJanuary 25, 2015
    Best bagels in Manhattan, as long as you don't need it toasted. Ask for whatever's warm and get some light scallion cream cheese on there
  • Mat
    MatOctober 3, 2012
    One of the best bagels I have had in my entire life! Everything bagel with liverwurst, too amazing too be true! Feels like a good combination of German sausage with American bread! <3
  • Katherine M.
    Katherine M.April 28, 2014
    Gothamist says, "Some claim Ess-A-Bagel's offerings are too big. We beg to differ, and will indulge in a crispy, colossal everything bagel loaded with scallion cream cheese, lox and tomato." Read more
  • Leah H.
    Leah HammerschlagOctober 3, 2014
    They don't toast, no worries- the bottom half of their massive bagels has a nice crunch, no need to be toasted! Love this place. Pro-tip: the whole wheat everything bagel is even better
  • Red F.
    Red FabbriMarch 12, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The best bagels in New York. I'm an "everything with scallion cream cheese" kind of guy myself, but that's pure breath hubris. Just don't ask for it toasted, you noob.
  • Danielle Z.
    Danielle ZeeMarch 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Nothing compares to the deliciousness that is an everything bagel with olive cream cheese. The et bagels have a savory, crunchy, seedy coating with a soft and doughy delicious inside.
  • Justin H.
    Justin HastayJuly 31, 2013
    A whole Wheat everything bagel with ham, swiss, lettuce, tomato, with spicy mustard and mayo is definitely worth consumption!
  • Anuj M.
    Anuj MathurDecember 6, 2014
    Smaller operation than the 51st / 3rd Ave location, but the bagels are just as perfect. Ask for what's warm, ask for 'em scooped, but don't ask for a toast.
  • Tara R.
    Tara RocheMay 31, 2013
    Guy behind the counter was suprisingly nice and helpful. I prefer scoop out whole wheat everything, scallion tofu cc with lox...also good ice hazelnut coffee !
  • Mike B.
    Mike ByhoffJanuary 21, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Jew tip: Don't get the white fish sandwich, get a bagel with cream cheese and 1/4 lb. white fish on the side. $2.00 less, with more fish!
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew ChoiFebruary 17, 2014
    Possibly the best bagel I've had in NYC. Try their blueberry cream cheese, or go with a classic plain bagel with scallion cream cheese.
  • Maria O.
    Maria Olsson-TysorJuly 27, 2011
    Amazing, fresh bagels (don't ask to have them toasted). An array of cream cheese options (you will most likely have to scrape off 1/2 since they give you A LOT).
  • samantha h.
    samantha hankinsAugust 8, 2014
    Don't even think about an egg sandwich and go straight for the lox and bagel. Watch them make the bagels fresh!
  • Amy .
    Amy 🍦October 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Buy two bagels, one with cream cheese, one without - you'll have enough cream cheese to split between the two! And always ask which bagel flavors are warm before deciding.
  • Esther L.
    Esther LeibelAugust 11, 2010
    There are so many things I like about this place... The spreads, the warm bagels, and the atmosphere. My favorites are sesami bagel with tuna salad and poppy seeds bagel with egg salad. Best in town!
  • Maximiliano
    MaximilianoAugust 24, 2013
    Great bagels: sesame seeds with yummy tuna salad and plain with rich egg salad are the favorites for a great weekend breakfast.
  • Gina L.
    Gina LimonSeptember 23, 2014
    Get your spreads and fish on the side, it's cheaper and you can shmear it how you like it. Also, don't ask for it toasted unless you want the stink eye.
  • David B.
    David BanJanuary 8, 2015
    Legendary for their rotund, oversized bagels with an impossible crunch-fluff differential. As purists, they won't toast (and God bless them for it).
  • Iris L.
    Iris LinSeptember 17, 2014
    Whole wheat w/ lox and scallion cheese. The cheese is very rich to me. Lox is fresh!
  • Bri G.
    Bri GillisMay 3, 2013
    I pass 15+ bagel places en route to this spot, but it's totally worth it. Weekend mornings, expect it to take 10 mins or so.
  • Craig A.
    Craig AustinDecember 13, 2014
    If you want something more than just plain bagels, stand in the regular line. Saw a girl get practically kicked out for asking for spread in the bagel-only line.
  • Jay B.
    Jay BeeSeptember 16, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Good thing for them they have the best bagels cause friendly and happy and smily they are not!!! What a shame, this is the basic of a business..
  • Stephen S.
    Stephen SandersDecember 12, 2012
    Salt bagel with lox spread is my favorite. It's worth putting up with the attitude for an amazing NYC bagel.
  • Christopher C.
    Christopher CantwellFebruary 17, 2014
    Grab an everything w/ blueberry cream cheese. Salty, sweet and savory all rolled into one delicious package.
  • Honghui Y.
    Honghui YuAugust 16, 2014
    The bagels are okay, but the cream cheese selection is awesome. They have pretty much every imaginable flavor, and then some.
  • James S.
    James ShandDecember 30, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    They finally upped their game and now offer jalapeño cream cheese. Essa Bagel is officially unstoppable.
  • Jesse T.
    Jesse ThomasApril 5, 2013
    They do not toast bagels! But it's fun to ask and see their reaction anyway :)
  • Maurice P.
    Maurice PMay 11, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't order a plain bagel when there's other options. Live a little. Also, everything bagel + scallion cream cheese = ❤️
  • graceygoo
    graceygooMarch 13, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Go to the side and skip the line by just buying whole bagels instead of getting sandwiches or spread!
  • Laura V.
    Laura VitaroFebruary 24, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Whole wheat everything or you're crazy. Best bagels in NYC, without a doubt. Olive, scallion, and jalapeño cream cheese ftw.
  • Chris C.
    Chris ChouJuly 25, 2013
    Try the hand cut smoked salmon on scooped out pumpernickel with lettuce, tomato and shrimp salad.
  • clarissa f.
    clarissa floresMarch 12, 2015
    Amazing bagels but usually has a very long line if you're willing to wait. Said to be closing soon
  • Madison G.
    Madison GirifalcoDecember 16, 2011
    They have 3 or 4 types of home made vegan cream cheese. Great bagels with it. Awesome find.
  • Will
    WillJanuary 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the cinnamon raisin bagel with turkey and American cheese. You can thank me later.
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauFebruary 10, 2013
    Try the Everything Bagel With Raisin Walnut Cream Cheese - These bagels are the best
  • Danny C.
    Danny ChinSeptember 4, 2016
    They've reopened across the street at 324 1st Ave between First Ave Loop and E. 20th St. Same phone number. Same great bagels and spreads.
  • Ed C.
    Ed CMay 3, 2012
    The best bagel in NYC. Order ahead and skip the line (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Lauren S.
    Lauren SKNovember 6, 2014
    The perfect place to go on a weekend morning for a huge bagel!
  • Jessica
    JessicaJanuary 28, 2015
    Awesome bagels; will be moving soon - hopefully somewhere nearby! This location has been here since the 70's - love the chandeliers
  • Irina
    IrinaAugust 7, 2014
    Apple cinnamon cream cheese + cinnamon raisin bagel = perfection!
  • Jaclyn B.
    Jaclyn BradleyMay 18, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Love this place the bagels are awesome but the line is always absurd
  • Tom K.
    Tom KassabDecember 8, 2013
    Great place! The line out the door will tell you it's worth the wait!
  • CITY GRIT
    CITY GRITAugust 15, 2014
    Everything Bagel with a Sundried Tomato and Cheddar Cream Cheese Combo!
  • Yoko Y.
    Yoko YasudaDecember 9, 2014
    Chicken curry salad and Tofu raisin walnut cream cheese are yum❤︎
  • guidens
    guidensNovember 19, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    I love this place so much. Best bagels in the whole world. Apple Cinnamon Cheese. BOOM!
  • Chris B.
    Chris BruceAugust 10, 2014
    Lines out the door on weekend mornings... everything bagel probably worth it though
  • Andy Y.
    Andy YuJune 4, 2010
    If you come later in the morning, be sure to ask which bagels are still warm. 9 grain w raisin cream cheese = to die for
  • Jonathan C.
    Jonathan ChinchillaOctober 31, 2013
    5 words: 9 grain with apple cinnamon.
  • Kris S.
    Kris SNovember 26, 2011
    Don't ask for the bagel toasted they make them fresh and should be warm when you buy!
  • Brian H.
    Brian HerschaftSeptember 11, 2014
    Bagels are coming out so hot and fresh you don't need to toast the bagel! Well, they wouldn't toast if for you anyway :p
  • Scott B.
    Scott BerkaAugust 7, 2014
    Be prepared for a 15 min wait on weekends. Don't expect friendly service, do expect amazing bagels.
  • Compass
    CompassApril 25, 2014
    Devour fresh hot bagels from the legendary spot. But don’t ask for it toasted - they’ll say no.
  • Madison B.
    Madison BackMay 9, 2012
    Homemade blueberry cream cheese on a cinnamon raisin bagel. Do it.
  • Dustin M.
    Dustin MoriartyMay 25, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Order the whole wheat everything. Or whatever's hot. But don't dawdle, because these guys don't have time for that, ok?
  • Teresa D.
    Teresa DietrichJune 25, 2011
    Everything Bagel is the best, Lox is hand sliced to perfection! Read more
  • Kris P.
    Kris ParkJanuary 5, 2012
    Really good everything bagel with sun-dried tomato cream cheese. Great way to start a morning.
  • Brian C.
    Brian CNovember 13, 2011
    Unlike their midtown location, you can't get cream cheese in the bagel-only line...
  • Alex F.
    Alex FishMay 16, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Whole wheat everything with light scallion... Always a winner
  • Erin
    ErinAugust 23, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Best bagels. Get one from the back while it's still warm.
  • David S.
    David SchorrJuly 21, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Bagel. Scallion cream cheese. Lox. Tomato. Do it.
  • Sara H.
    Sara HoffmanOctober 12, 2012
    Good stuff but God help you if you are not ready or have questions. No bagels for you!
  • Bri B.
    Bri BriMarch 18, 2013
    I was excited to try the bagels here, but never got the chance because no one offered to take my order after standing at the counter for about 1-2 min. Never going to return.
  • Jonathan C.
    Jonathan ChinchillaOctober 29, 2013
    Apple cinnamon cream cheese on a whole wheat bagel...wow. Just wow.
  • Matty J.
    Matty JonesMay 31, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Chicken salad on a whole wheat bagel will change your life.
  • Annie G.
    Annie GreenAugust 18, 2014
    Everything is good. Even the everything bagel.
  • Brook F.
    Brook FrazierOctober 5, 2014
    Mehh sandwiches. Just buy a dozen bagels and take them home.
  • Michelle W.
    Michelle WongAugust 7, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Whole wheat everything bagel was very fresh and delish.. Lox spread was underwhelming
  • Jay B.
    Jay BeeFebruary 29, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Best bagels in the city for me!! Even better than the Ess place on 56st
  • Mike G.
    Mike GambinoJune 21, 2013
    I wait patiently/ on long lines for great bagels/ totally worth it.
  • Vic C.
    Vic C.August 7, 2014
    Best bagel in town...do not ask for it toasted
  • Jillian
    JillianDecember 7, 2014
    Watching the egg portion of my BE&C getting microwaved right before my very eyes was a tragedy.
  • Jesse R.
    Jesse RubinFebruary 18, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Best bagels in nyc and outside of Florida hands down
  • Benjamin D.
    Benjamin DoyleDecember 10, 2014
    Awesome bagels. They don't toast though
  • Tess S.
    Tess SzymanskiSeptember 7, 2014
    Everything with strawberry tastes like childhood.
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauFebruary 10, 2013
    Try the Poppy Seed Bagel With Lite Tuna
  • Tommy D.
    Tommy DiPietroOctober 15, 2010
    Great bagels, but overpriced. They charge an extra .10 just to slice your bagel. 2nd favorite in the city.
  • Bortnik @knoQout
    Bortnik @knoQoutMarch 16, 2010
    The everything bagel with lox is what you need to concern yourself with at any given moment while you're here.
  • CC C.
    CC CDecember 11, 2009
    best whitefish salad - not great coffee. you can grab a great coffee to go across the street at Petit Abielle
  • Ben F.
    Ben FOctober 17, 2010
    Try the everything bagel. It has salt which is unusual, but very authentic.
  • Adriana
    AdrianaOctober 22, 2011
    Whole Wheat Everything Bagel with Light Vegetable Cream Cheese.
  • Chris V.
    Chris VelonaApril 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The lines are a hot mess but the bagels are the best!
  • Gigi A.
    Gigi AgiusAugust 7, 2014
    Some of the best bagels in the whole city
  • William N.
    William NelliganAugust 10, 2014
    Get a pumpernickel bagel, freshly baked.
  • Timothy O.
    Timothy O'NealOctober 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    It's like eating a small, delicious Jewish child.
  • Marc A.
    Marc AielloFebruary 24, 2013
    Prime walk of shame viewing on the way home to sty town
  • Jillian
    JillianDecember 25, 2014
    #ProTip: Add cucumber to your whole wheat everything and cream cheese.
  • Ryland B.
    Ryland BakerMarch 16, 2014
    Everything bagel with lox is what's up!
  • Dominique B.
    Dominique BouavichithMarch 2, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the everything bagel here. You'll never eat anything else.
  • Todd E.
    Todd EvansJune 26, 2013
    $5 for an everything bagel with cream cheese I won't be buying bagels here again
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhJanuary 30, 2015
    Some of the best bagels in NYC 😍😍
  • Laura H.
    Laura HarringtonDecember 15, 2012
    The strawberry cream cheese is amazing.
  • Danielle D.
    Danielle DelcoreOctober 27, 2013
    Great bagels but terrible staff. Always yelling at customers. I wont be back
  • Jessica S.
    Jessica ShybaSeptember 4, 2011
    Best bagels around... Just don't ask them to toast! ;)
  • Sarah T.
    Sarah TarnopolskySeptember 24, 2011
    Great bagels, though they are enormous.
  • Ryan G.
    Ryan GisrielDecember 27, 2013
    huge bagels, don't toast them
  • Randy H.
    Randy HensleyMarch 16, 2010
    Biggest, Fattest sesame bagels in Gramercy Park. On sunday am's they can't be beat.
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