2239 Broadway, New York, NY | Directions 1002440.784571 -73.979445
24 Hrs Daily
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Upper West Side
H&H might be the most polarizing bagel in the city. They are the opposite of old school: big, puffy, and sweet. But at the same time, they are irresistably good, especially when fresh -- which they usually are. Wherever you stand, New York is lucky to have them.
Still Pretty Good – Oy, you can still get a decent bagel at H&H. Plus, you won't find any hint of the bubble gum that Kramer threw into the bagel dough many years ago.
Best Bagels – Although the locations are as central as I want them to, H& H bagels are far the best and consistent bagels I have ever tasted. Even if you forget to buy creamcheese, the bagel itself is not dry and as tasteful with or without anything on them. I love the way it is crusty outside and oh so soft inside. Don't knock it till you try it.
Say "bagel" and the average New Yorker's response will probably be this place. – In Short
The home of New York's most famous bagel is an unassuming corner spot on the Upper West Side, where, due to high turnover, bagels are invariably sold hot from the oven. They have a pleasant spongy interior, good density and a sweet flavor that people either find just right or a bit too cloying. Service is take-out only; you can buy your bagels, cream cheese and lox here, but you'll have to make your own sandwich.
Excellent bagels – The bagels here are so good that to put cream cheese on them would be an injustice. Ask what is hot and you will be in for a treat. All of the flavors we tried (regular, poppy, sesame, and cinnamon raisin) were excellent. No place to sit down here and aside from canned and bottled drinks, and a few toppings that's all they serve. But that is more than enough!
good bagels – After watching You've Got Mail came here to try their bagels. I was not disappointed, they were very fresh, even hot. If you want your own cream cheese you have to buy some, they do not put any toppings on themselves. Do not expect seating, it is simply buy and take. As far as bagels go, this is a good one to try for a good, fresh bagel.
Living off reputation – H&H has been relying on it's "best bagel n NYC" reputation for a long time. Long lines, high pressure decision-making at the counter, high prices, and their willingness to sell even misshapen, over/undercooked bagels have diminished the quality of the H&H experience. And, it often costs a quarter just to leave the store!
fugghetaboutit!!! – These bagels are simply the BEST in the city!! A bit on the pricy side at 90c/bagel but worth every penny... One drawback - they don't butter your bagel for you.
Overrated – H&H Bagels are way overrated. I used to live in River Edge NJ and River Road Bagels are much better no contest. Of course there are much worse bagel in NY also.
A Bagel is not just a roll – anyone who's eaten a REAL bagel knows that H&H bagels are nothing but baked bread. A BAGEL is BOILED dough that is then baked.
You can tell a real bagel by the fact there are little bubbles in the dough almost popped at the surface -- SOME bagel places (not sure about H&H) i order to replicate this look paint (!) these on or bake their bagels on a surface which leaves circular indentations on the bottom.
bagel queen finds true love – fresh from the oven, freeze beautifully, defrost to perfection... what more could you want from a bagel?
I travel from downtown for them (40min one way!!) This is true love
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