Ess-A-Bagel was in the midst of their morning rush when I dropped in on a Monday morning. It’s evident from the facade of the building that this establishment has been around for a long time. This old-time bagel shop was founded in 1976, with their original shop located on 21st Street and 1st Avenue.
Most importantly, Ess-A-Bagel has a policy of NO-toast-bagels. A lot of New York based shops believe that toasting will mask the freshness and genuine nature of this dens mass of goodness. (It’s true!)
I was in line behind a lady who wanted everything, and after a bite of their bagel, I couldn’t blame her! They serve generous portions, so don’t be surprised if you have to put aside the other half for lunch. The bagels themselves are baked fresh, so they come with a crispy outside, but also a nice doughy chew. Our favorite combo is a bagel (any kind is delicious) topped with scallion cream cheese, lox and tomato.
359 1st Ave New York, NY 10010