By Noelle Downey

Whether you’re looking for a snack to tide you over until your next meal, a delicious breakfast, or a salty and savory sandwich for lunch, NYC bagels are famous for fulfilling New Yorker’s cravings and keeping them on their feet as they rush through their busy and fulfilling lives in the big city. The best bagel shops in NYC are therefore hotly contested, but whether you’re looking for a brunch experience, an authentic hole-in-the-wall vibe, or an internet sensation come to life, we here at Cupid’s Pulse have complied a list of the most famous restaurants to visit when you’re craving a bagel in the Big Apple.

Everyone loves a good bagel, particularly in New York City! Here are the most popular restaurants where you can head to experience an authentic and vital New York bagel experience.


1. The Bagel Store: With a tagline on their website that claims that their special rainbow bagels “broke the internet,” this quirky little bagel shop in Brooklyn boasts one of the premier spots for tourists to swing by and taste a delicious and colorful version of a classic NYC food staple. Have your bagel with a funky rainbow twist or a splash of glitter for an Instagram-worthy snack or keep it classic with their take on age-old standbys like the everything or sesame seed bagels. Not in NYC? Don’t worry, this popular restaurant ships their famous rainbow bagels worldwide! But hurry up and place your order – there’s a waitlist for these famous treats!

2. H&H Midtown Bagels East: If you’re a bagels fanatic or an NYC native, you’re probably aware of the famous NY restaurant spot for tasty bagels, H&H, that closed its doors in 2011. While H&H Midtown Bagels East isn’t officially affiliated with it’s bagel-selling predecessor, it’s definitely the answer to the question thousands of New Yorkers had on the tip of their tongue when H&H closed for business: “Where will we get our bagels now?” H&H Midtown Bagels East has a whopping 20 different varieties of bagels, all of them created with a recipe that’s a clear homage to the original H&H, which lends itself to the perfect bite that’s both nostalgic and revitalized. Mix and match with their 15 different spreads and try each combination until you find your favorites at this newly classic bagel shop.

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3. Bagel Hole: If you’re looking for something classic with an authentic “hole in the wall” NYC feel, look no further than Bagel Hole, a bagel shop that sells old-fashioned favorites that are wildly popular with true New Yorkers. With a carefully crafted recipe that uses malt instead of an overpowering sugar, these bagels are made fresh every day with a remarkably unique and inviting taste. Smear your tasty snack with some of their featured fillings, like tuna salad, housemade lox, or a variety of flavored cream cheeses that will have your mouth watering for more.

4. Sadelle’s: Are bagels your favorite part of any complete brunch? Than stop by Sadelle’s and enjoy their shining dining room, complete with three-tiered fish towers offered for the table and a vintage bistro flair that will make you feel right at home. Their old favorites are made to taste like brand new concoctions with traditional bagels made with a fun twist. Enjoy their mixed up their flavor profiles that keep you guessing as you munch and crunch at this famous NYC restaurant that’s perfect to visit for a bit of bagel-y goodness.

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5. Bagel Pub: For a healthier take on your old favorite, visit the Bagel Pub for a fun experience that couples as a cheerful reminder that even foods that are really good for you can also taste great. This Park Slope bagel shop features friendly staff and a variety of bagels served with some delicious (and healthy!) fillings. Try their Garden Omelet, a delicious bagel and egg sandwich served with fresh ingredients like kale, feta, onions, and peppers. If you’re looking to looking to go a little more traditional, never fear! They also have a variety of fish and cream cheese options to adorn their sweet and tender bagels, perfect  for both a breakfast snack and a hearty and healthy lunch.

Will you be giving any of these locations a try the next time you have a free minute in the Big Apple? Let us know in the comments!