Schmear factor: The 9 best bagel joints in the country

    Ess-a-bagels

    Some people think that the best bagels can only be found in New York City, and they might be right, even after the tragic loss of H&H Bagels. But while New York does have more than its fair share of amazing bagels (something to do with the tap water), there are some great spots across the country too. Here are our favorite bagel joints, in and out of the Big Apple:

    1Ess-a-Bagel (New York)

    Enormous, chewy and crispy – maybe the best bagel in New York right now. A family business since 1976, Ess-a-Bagel is world famous. If you want to save time and skip waiting in line with the tourists, go inside and purchase your bagel and schmear separately and DIY it (you’re welcome).

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    Shir Schneier
    American-Israeli in her 20’s • Lover of fashion, food and art • Honorably discharged from the IDF and currently in the Reserves.