Since living in New York this past year I really haven't taken advantage of the wealth of good bagel places in the city. A few weeks ago I finally went to try Ess-a-Bagel and it was amazing.
The wait was around 20 minutes at 12pm on a Saturday. The servers behind the counter were impatient and expected people to know what they wanted by the time they got to the front. It makes perfect sense though, since the line was long.
Lox and Cream Cheese on an Everything bagel, $12.75. The Everything bagel with poppy seeds, sesame seeds, onion and garlic is definitely the way to go. The bagel was a very generous size, toasted (per my request) and nicely crisp on the exterior and so thick and chewy inside. The salmon was fresh and tasty with some kosher salt lightly sprinkled on it. I ended up having to scoop out a lot of the insides of the bagel because it was just too big a portion for me but it was still delicious nonetheless!
There are around 13 small tables in the eatery and people were pretty good about giving up their tables as soon as they were done eating, so the wait wasn't too bad.
831 3rd Avenue (between 50th Street & 51st Street)
New York, NY 10022
Phone number: (212)980-1010
359 1st Avenue
New York, NY 10010
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