If you ask any New Yorker, they can tell you where to get 'the best' pizza or bagel in Manhattan. You might hear answers like Grimaldi's, H&H, Ess-A-Bagel, or something of the like. Typically the "best" places are in lower Manhattan and while delicious, I don't think they're delicious enough to spend 15 minutes each way on the subway to satisfy a craving I will probably regret while trying to fit in a pair of jeans. I digress. Anyways, I have found my own 'best' bagel place.
Lenny's Bagels (no, not part of the chain) makes a mean bagel. The crust is crispy but the inside is doughy. How do they do that? It's like magic. I usually get an onion bagel toasted with low-fat cream cheese. However, they do have a lot of different varieties, both of bagels and cream cheese. One bagel is even called "My Ex"which includes jalapeno and cheese. Oh Lenny, you're funny.
The shop is kind of run down so don't go expecting trendy decor or anything. Although, I'm pretty sure that's not what you would be thinking of if you are going to a bagel shop. They have a few tables in front but the good stuff is in the back. They have baskets of fresh bagels. (Tip: if you go early enough, the bagels are hot and there is no need to get them toasted. Think: Krispy Kreme hot sign). They have other staple bagel place foods like lox, tuna/shrimp/egg salad, baked goods, etc. But trust me, you're not going for that stuff, you're there for the bagels.
Bonus: Riverside Park and Central Park are located within 5 blocks of Lenny's. Grab some breakfast and eat it in the park. It's the perfect Sunday breakfast.
2601 Broadway (at 98th), NYC
Hours: Daily 6 am - 8 pm
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