It's almost a joke to talk about "New York-style bagels," since they can barely be found anywhere in the five boroughs. The New York bagel of old was a dense thing, small and malty, with a pull and tug that was utterly unlike any kind of bread. You could never have used one for a sandwich. There are still some great bagels left in New York, but not all of them are like those. Still, I can vouch for all of these as being the best we have to show. And they are pretty great indeed. Especially if you eat them fresh. Bagels are not overnight guests.
Do you like, or care, or even know about bialys? If yes, then hasten here immediately and buy out the whole store. When it's gone, they will be too. A national treasure; in a class by themselves. They freeze well, FYI.
Ess-a-Bagel isn't as good as it once was, but it's still good, especially if you like a heavy coating of poppy seeds / onion / salt etc. The best thing here, for that reason, is the everything bagel. Get it hot.
Just a great everyday bagel shop, and not just for the bagels -- the sandwiches here are all first rate. I personally go for the flat bagels, i.e. flagels, which have more crunch and less carbs, and which take to slathering with butter very enjoyably, especially when hot.
Its cousin, the Kosher Bagel Hole, has a slightly better bagel, but this one is fabulous as well -- and has the added benefit of not being prevented by kashrut law from selling lox and cream cheese in the same store. Which counts for a lot, you know.
This nondescript Midwood bakery gets my vote for the best bagel in New York -- certainly it's the most authentic, a small dense bomb of salt and malt flavor, with just enough sweetness. I can eat these unsliced, just biting them like an apple.
The good news about Bagel Oasis is that they make an absolutely incredible bagel, untouched by all trends. The bad news is that it's incredibly remote, and doesn't travel well.
One of the best bagel places in New York, though it doesn't look like it. Make sure you go for the "mini" which is better in every way. And get whatever's hot.
There's no decaf, the lines are long, and it's not cheap, but these bagels are quite good, usually fresh, and come in a variety of forms, including some fine sandwiches. I get the egg bagel with bacon, personally.
These are really good bagels; a little big and a little soft, but fibrous and rich, with old-time flavor. The cream cheeses are much better quality than you typically see too. The toppings are applied judiciously too. Just a great find for bagel lovers.