Ess-a-Bagel

Ess-a-Bagel

(Now Closed)
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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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 !
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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 L.
    Amy LyOctober 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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..
  • 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 = ❤️
  • Chris C.
    Chris ChouJuly 25, 2013
    Try the hand cut smoked salmon on scooped out pumpernickel with lettuce, tomato and shrimp salad.
  • 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.
  • Madison G.
    Madison GirifalcoDecember 16, 2011
    They have 3 or 4 types of home made vegan cream cheese. Great bagels with it. Awesome find.
  • 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
  • Will
    WillJanuary 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the cinnamon raisin bagel with turkey and American cheese. You can thank me later.
  • 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
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauFebruary 10, 2013
    Try the Everything Bagel With Raisin Walnut Cream Cheese - These bagels are the best
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Lauren S.
    Lauren SKNovember 6, 2014
    The perfect place to go on a weekend morning for a huge bagel!
  • Irina
    IrinaAugust 7, 2014
    Apple cinnamon cream cheese + cinnamon raisin bagel = perfection!
  • 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
  • Tom K.
    Tom KassabDecember 8, 2013
    Great place! The line out the door will tell you it's worth the wait!
  • Jaclyn B.
    Jaclyn BradleyMay 18, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Love this place the bagels are awesome but the line is always absurd
  • 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!
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