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324 1st Ave, New York City, NY 10010-5611
+1 212-260-2252
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good30%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Cafe, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly
324 1st Ave, New York City, NY 10010-5611
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

After reading many pleasant reviews I decided to grab brunch here one morning. I heard the line can get long and it was certainly out the door at 11am. Once inside the line was out of control (overcrowded and fire hazard)and the staff had a...More

Thank Vlacik
Reviewed 7 December 2017 via mobile

While the bagel my fiancé and I ordered was okay despite being vastly overpriced the staff were very very rude. Several staff members were extremely rude to other customers while I was standing in the line. I decided to go in later on the same...More

Thank Hamo1234
Reviewed 1 December 2017

This is bagel nirvana. Whenever I stop in, as I did over the Thanksgiving holiday, I still am thrilled at the prospect of taking my first bite. Simply the best bagel ANYWHERE. Love the poppy seed the best.

Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

.... and lots of other stuff too! Awesomely good. Service is excellent. Even when mobbed ( always), staff is outstanding! Don't let long line deter you. They move you thru quickly. Definitely a stop worth making.

Thank amyb3517
Reviewed 25 October 2017

Although many reviewers believe the bagels & toppings merit the wait in the long line around the block, I wanted coffee and a breakfast pastry. I might as well have been at a convenience store. The coffee was pedestrian, the chocolate pound cake tasted like...More

1  Thank Hisun
Reviewed 7 September 2017

Deciding not to have breakfast at the hotel, I walked into Ess-a-Bagel. The line was out the door. All I wanted and needed was a cup of coffee. The cashier asked if she could help and I said "Coffee, please!!". In two seconds flat, there...More

1  Thank FrannyMay
Reviewed 4 September 2017

I've tried this place a couple times and each has fallen below exception. Their bagels are tough, burnt, and flat. Their cream cheese (chive in my case) was just ok. Also, their organization is poor. On a busy Saturday morning they only had one cash...More

Thank A H
Reviewed 25 August 2017 via mobile

I first had Ess-a-Bagel when I went to NYC on family vacation 5 years ago and they started my obsession with blueberries. My first stop when I came back to New York last week was Ess-a-Bagel! I checked into my hotel then went straight to...More

Thank Teryn_LLGT
Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

Although this place is very touristic w very long lines, it is worth the visit. If the line starts inside the shop (usually during week days) it is worth waiting. If the line starts outside the shop forget it, go somewhere else and try it...More

Thank Gooki
Reviewed 10 August 2017

As I bit into a toasted poppy seed bagel with cream cheese today I said to myself, "There's no better bagel anywhere". At least I've never had one, and I've had many around NY and around the world. If anyone has a contender, please let...More

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Questions & Answers
25 January 2017|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
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, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Delivery
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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
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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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