2 UWS bagel joints among best in NYC


2 Upper West Side Bagel Joints Named Among Best In New York City

Bagels are the holy grail of New York City cuisine and two Upper West Side joints just got named as the very best bagel makers in the city.

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Gus Saltonstall, Patch StaffVerified Patch Staff BadgePosted Wed, Sep 1, 2021 at 10:20 am
(1)Two Upper West Side bagel joints just got named among the best in the city.Two Upper West Side bagel joints just got named among the best in the city. (Olivia Booth/Patch)UPPER WEST SIDE, NY — It is not easy to get named the best of anything in New York City, but to rise to the top of the highest-rated bagel list is a particularly challenging feat. It is the city’s unofficial favorite food (sorry pizza) and there is a seemingly endless list of joints that make mouthwatering bagels.
The Upper West Side just had two bagel spots get named among the 22 best in New York City.One of the local spots is no stranger to best bagel lists as earlier this year it got selected as one of the 50 best bagels in the United States. The second UWS joint is a relative newcomer to any sort of best bagel list, but nearby residents have known for years how tasty its selection is.

Eater NY named Absolute Bagels at 2788 Broadway and Bagel Talk at 368 Amsterdam as two of “NYC’s 22 Finest Bagels.”

Here’s what the food website’s editors had to say about Absolute:

“Come lunchtime, this barn of a bagel bakery boasts lines that extend out the door, the customers eager for a taste of its bulbous and budget-priced bagels, often delivered still warm, rendering toasting unnecessary. The bagels at Absolute are a bit larger than average and glossy from their boil. The bright orange egg bagel is a favorite, and so is the everything bagel, best spread with the salty and smoky whitefish salad for an explosion of flavor.”

A simple listing of the different types of bagels Absolute offers is enough to make your mouth water.

  • Plain
  • Poppy
  • Sesame
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Salt
  • Pumpernickel
  • Whole Wheat
  • Cinnamon Raisin
  • Oatbran
  • Pumpernickel Raisin
  • Egg
  • Everything
  • Rye
  • Whole Wheat Sesame
  • Multi-Grain

Also, remember that Absolute Bagels is cash only.

Here’s what the food website’s editors had to say about Bagel Talk:

“Sure, Zabar’s and its stellar smoked fish is just around the corner, but the bagels here have a better chew. The place throngs with customers excited for any of the bagel sandwiches, from standard cream cheese with lox, to whitefish, to bacon, egg, and cheese. Despite having a no-toasting policy for years, the shop now grumpily allows it.”

Bagel Talk also offers gluten-free bagels.

You can read the full best bagel ranking on Eater NY’s website.

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