What is New York without bagels? Take a look at the top bagel shops on the Upper East Side and discover which is your favorite.
Tucked between 80th and 81st Streets at 1551 2nd Avenue, H & H Midtown Bagels boasts on their sign that they offer the “World’s Best Bagel”. With over 25 years of business, this bagel shop offers an extensive menu with over fifteen bagel varieties, various spreads, other baked goods, coffee, and a catering menu full of sandwiches, soups, and salads. They even offer overnight delivery across the US via FedEx.
Pick-a-Bagel sits at 1101 Lexington Avenue on the corner of 77th Street, conveniently located right off the subway. A variety of bagels and flat bagels, as well as popular flavorful spreads are on the top of the menu, but it doesn’t stop there. Coffee, sandwiches, paninis, soups, salad bar, muffins, pastries, and various deli foods which can be purchased by the pound. Fast-paced New York style service with local delivery in 20-30 minutes.
Located at 333 E 86th St. between 1st and 2nd Avenues, is Tal Bagels. Over 15 varieties of bagel flavors, several offerings of flat bagels, croissants, pastries, cream cheeses, and coffee. Soups, salads, paninis, fish, and cheese are also part of the regular fare offerings, including per pound deli options. The store is typically busy and rather small so many folks like to get their bagels to-go. The line generally goes fast…
This shop is not technically on the Upper East Side but we added it to the list as it is considered by some to be one of the top bagel shops in all of New York. Ess-a-Bagels at 831 Third Avenue has been around New York since 1976, and their experience shows in the freshness of their hand rolled bagels. Cream cheeses and tofus for the top, as well as a vast array of sandwiches, egg sandwiches, fish, sides, and an extensive list of beverages. Because of its popularity, Ess-a-Bagel is often busy so not ideal for a quick stop, but most bagel lovers say it is definitely worth the wait.
Found at 1229 1st Avenue, between 66th and 67th, Bagelworks is obviously known for its bagels and fifteen varieties of spreads, as well as a variety of other baked goods. The tuna salad also sits at the top of the list for favorites. Bagels baked for the customers to see, often served warm and always fresh. Various beverages, coffees, and teas offered on the menu in addition to deli cheeses and meats by the pound. There’s not much room to sit around, get your bagel to go.