2 Bagel shops on the Upper West Side among the best in NYC


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

A pair of Upper West Side bagel spots earned a place on a recent list from Eater NY of the 15 best in the five boroughs.

Gus Saltonstall,Patch Staff

Posted Thu, Nov 17, 2022 at 11:25 am ET, Updated Fri, Nov 18, 2022 at 9:28 am ETReplies (3)

An image of New York City bagels.
An image of New York City bagels. (Getty Images/littleny)

UPPER WEST SIDE, NY — It would not be an accurate New York City best bagel list if the Upper West Side wasn’t represented, and a recent ranking from Eater NY featured a pair of neighborhood spots.

The food news and restaurant review website posted a list Wednesday of the 15 “Best Bagels in New York City Right Now,” and two Upper West Side eateries made the list.

Without further ado, here are those two lauded local bagel spots.

Absolute Bagels: 2788 Broadway (Between West 107th and 108th streets)

You’d be hard pressed to find a best bagel list that didn’t include Absolute Bagels, and the recent ranking from Eater NY is no exception.

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Let’s go!

The all-cash spot that routinely has a line stretching around the block is as popular as a bagel place gets.

It serves up plain, sesame, garlic, poppy, onion, and much more.

Here’s what Eater NY wrote about it.

“The bagels at Absolute are a bit larger than average and glossy from their boil,” Eater NY wrote. “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.”

To add to the intrigue, Absolute Bagels doesn’t have its own website, so you’ll have to check it out in person.

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Bagel Talk: 368 Amsterdam Ave. (Between West 77th and 78th streets)

Bagel Talk is another longtime Upper West Side bagel institution that routinely gets featured in best of lists.

Outside of the classics, the eatery also has gluten free bagels, smoothies, pancakes, sandwitches, and more.

Here’s what Eater NY had to say about it.

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

You can learn more about Bagel Talk on its website.

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You can check out the full list of the 15 best bagel spots in New York City on Eater NY’s website.

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