I will venture to say that H+H Bagel as makers of the best bagels in New York.
I'm sure I could have a debate over this with other New Yorkers. H+H bagels are large, crunchy-ish on the outside, soft-ish on the inside. Their 'everything' bagel is by far my favorite flavor, laden with sesame seeds, poppy seeds, onion and salt.
Bagels are made on premises. You can watch the dough being formed, boiled in large pots, then baked in the ovens behind the counter.
Plus, the place is open 24/7. You can satisfy that nagging carbohydrate craving at 3 am, tee hee.
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