This isn’t the first time I’ve written about bagels for WSN. However, I’ve gained valuable wisdom throughout my two years in New York City, so I’m back at it again with new and improved bagel reviews to help you choose your doughy chews.
NoHo Juice Bar
208 Mercer St.
Three bagels (rating)
NoHo does not have the best bagels, but it does have the best bacon, egg and cheeses. The bagels are cheap ($2 for a bagel and cream cheese), the atmosphere is friendly and the location is right near campus. The bagels themselves are crispy on the outside and doughy on the inside, but not particularly flavorful. For an average New York bagel on the way to class, they’re the way to go.
114 3rd Ave.
Three bagels (rating)
A Bagel Belly bagel is big and meaty and will fill you up for the rest of the day. A bagel and plain cream cheese costs $2.75 and comes slathered in the stuff, most of which I promptly scrape off. Bagel Belly is not spectacular, but it’s pretty good. Its main draws for me are its proximity to the WSN office and its selection of flavored iced coffee.
246 3rd Ave.
Five bagels (rating)
Gramercy Bagels was my go-to when I lived in Gramercy Green Residence Hall, and I miss how accessible it once was. These bagels are perfect, and at $2.25 for a bagel and cream cheese, what’s not to love? The bagels don’t have a true crunch to them, but they’re chewy and flavorful. Their bread-like quality makes them great for sandwiches, so if you live in Gramercy and are craving a BLT, stop by Gramercy Bagels. A big bonus is that they serve La Colombe coffee. The hazelnut iced coffee is my favorite.
273 1st. Ave.
Four bagels (rating)
David’s is the kind of homey shop that makes you want to actually sit down and eat your meal there instead of getting it to go. The bagels are decidedly crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside and full of flavor. A bagel and cream cheese is $2.40, which strikes me as a weird number but is totally worth it.
One bagel (rating)
I had to put Starbucks on the list because sometimes I go here early in the morning to do work; Starbucks offers Wi-Fi that most small bagel shops do not. Starbucks bagels are prepackaged, rubbery and bad. When you’re desperate enough to try a Starbucks bagel, do yourself a favor and head over to the nearest street cart instead.
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