Absolute Bagels

★★★★★
  • 2788 Broadway

    New York, NY 10025

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  • 212-932-2052

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While the bagels are delicious and they are very generous with their assortments of cream cheese, they are much too crowded.

No one wants to stand on line with a bunch of texting rude college kids.

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★★★★★

While the bagels are delicious and they are very generous with their assortments of cream cheese, they are much too crowded.

No one wants to stand on line with a bunch of texting rude college kids.

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Excellent bagels, spreads - try the Thai iced tea.

3
★★★★★

Excellent bagels, spreads - try the Thai iced tea.

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I usually go to Absolute Bagel because I have a dairy allergy and they offer tofu (dairy free) spreads for your bagel. I have always explained to them that I have an allergy and pay very close attention to how my food is handled. But this time they sent me home with cream cheese instead of tofutti, and I'm lucky to be alive. I called Absolute Bagel and they didn't seem to even know what a food allergy was.

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★☆☆☆☆

I usually go to Absolute Bagel because I have a dairy allergy and they offer tofu (dairy free) spreads for your bagel. I have always explained to them that I have an allergy and pay very close attention to how my food is handled. But this time they sent me home with cream cheese instead of tofutti, and I'm lucky to be alive. I called Absolute Bagel and they didn't seem to even know what a food allergy was.

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Absolute Bagels has amazing fresh bagels and great cream cheese that actually has fresh veggies and fruit in them. I love waking up and having an everything bagel (that doesn't have to be toasted because it's so fresh!) and sun-dried tomato or veggie cream cheese. This place is a New York city gem.

5
★★★★★

Absolute Bagels has amazing fresh bagels and great cream cheese that actually has fresh veggies and fruit in them. I love waking up and having an everything bagel (that doesn't have to be toasted because it's so fresh!) and sun-dried tomato or veggie cream cheese. This place is a New York city gem.

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The line is out the door on a sunday morning- but the whole wheat sesame are worth the wait

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★★★☆☆

The line is out the door on a sunday morning- but the whole wheat sesame are worth the wait

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best bagel in the city. tried them all, and this is the best. doughy, chewy, delicious. these people know bagels.

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★★★★★

best bagel in the city. tried them all, and this is the best. doughy, chewy, delicious. these people know bagels.

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I've been a customer for years but recently, upon returning home I would notice that some of the bagels were severely underbaked. On my last visit (no pun intended) I inspected the bagels in the shop after buying them and saw that at least one of them was quite sticky on the sides (underbaked dough). I brought this to the attention of the manager who immediately chastised me for 'touching' the bagel and would not let me get a word in about the quality of the bagel edgewise. They refused to listen to the fact that the bagel was underbaked. I asked for my money back, they rudely waved me away and dared me to find better quality at a supermarket.

I'm very shocked and disappointed at how rudely these people treated a long-time customer.

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★☆☆☆☆

I've been a customer for years but recently, upon returning home I would notice that some of the bagels were severely underbaked. On my last visit (no pun intended) I inspected the bagels in the shop after buying them and saw that at least one of them was quite sticky on the sides (underbaked dough). I brought this to the attention of the manager who immediately chastised me for 'touching' the bagel and would not let me get a word in about the quality of the bagel edgewise. They refused to listen to the fact that the bagel was underbaked. I asked for my money back, they rudely waved me away and dared me to find better quality at a supermarket.

I'm very shocked and disappointed at how rudely these people treated a long-time customer.

Pros: Used to be good, but on a decline

Cons: Very rude service

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My friends took me here when we wanted a quick breakfast because it's close to our place. The staff was really friendly, and there is a huge variety of bagels and cream cheeses. They were warm and delicious, and one of the best I've had.

4
★★★★☆

My friends took me here when we wanted a quick breakfast because it's close to our place. The staff was really friendly, and there is a huge variety of bagels and cream cheeses. They were warm and delicious, and one of the best I've had.

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Confession time: I haven't been here in 10 years, HOWEVER, when I lived in NYC and was going to Barnard, I stopped here every morning and got an everything bagel with cream cheese. It was the most divine thing ever and I never tired of it. These days, I'd get an everything bagel with tofutti :) They had the warmest, chewiest most delectable bagels ever. It's a hole in the wall, but the taste is out of this world.

2
★★★★★

Confession time: I haven't been here in 10 years, HOWEVER, when I lived in NYC and was going to Barnard, I stopped here every morning and got an everything bagel with cream cheese. It was the most divine thing ever and I never tired of it. These days, I'd get an everything bagel with tofutti :) They had the warmest, chewiest most delectable bagels ever. It's a hole in the wall, but the taste is out of this world.

Pros: best bagels ever. period.

Cons: none really!

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Great bagels but don't expect much in how they treat customers. You may want to check to see if you got what you paid for.

2
★★★★☆

Great bagels but don't expect much in how they treat customers. You may want to check to see if you got what you paid for.

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Amazingly good bagels for a cheap price. They have a lot of different kinds of bagel toppings and they dont skimp on it either. Great if you're low on cash and want something that isnt bad for you and will fill you up.

2
★★★★★

Amazingly good bagels for a cheap price. They have a lot of different kinds of bagel toppings and they dont skimp on it either. Great if you're low on cash and want something that isnt bad for you and will fill you up.

Pros: Good food, good atmosphere

Cons: None that I can think of

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Perfect for take away, as there is little seating. This bagel shop has wonderfully chewy bagels, made fresh at the store throughout the day. Usually the line is fairly long, but it moves very quickly. Nowhere else will satisfy your Sunday morning bagel craving!

2
★★★★★

Perfect for take away, as there is little seating. This bagel shop has wonderfully chewy bagels, made fresh at the store throughout the day. Usually the line is fairly long, but it moves very quickly. Nowhere else will satisfy your Sunday morning bagel craving!

Pros: Fresh, hot, delicious bagels

Cons: Small, little seating

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When I think "good bagels" I think Absolute. Their texture is perfect, their taste is perfect, their selection is perfect. The staff is friendly. I adore the young countermaid, she completely slays me. My favorite bagel selection is the everything with lox spread. Morning heaven whenever I can get it.

2
★★★★★

When I think "good bagels" I think Absolute. Their texture is perfect, their taste is perfect, their selection is perfect. The staff is friendly. I adore the young countermaid, she completely slays me. My favorite bagel selection is the everything with lox spread. Morning heaven whenever I can get it.

Pros: bagels, spreads, staff (especially the girl hee hee)

Cons: so far from Brooklyn . . .

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We love the bagels here - the texture is superb--soft but substantial and chewy in a good way (nothing like a fakey Lenders bagel).

Definitely worth a trip up to Morningside.

Customer service in general is fine--the Thai owner(s) are very very friendly once they once they get to know you as a regular. (Unfortunately, however, I've had a rude and upsetting experience with one of their non-Thai staffers in the afternoon.)

Bagels are near perfection, but if they want to maintain a steady customer base --ie.-- recurring revenue from neighborhood residents--they need to make sure their counter staffers don't get nasty with the customers. No matter how great the bagels are, I'm not going to want to go back for a while if I have to deal with a snippy guy at the counter.

2
★★★★★

We love the bagels here - the texture is superb--soft but substantial and chewy in a good way (nothing like a fakey Lenders bagel).

Definitely worth a trip up to Morningside.

Customer service in general is fine--the Thai owner(s) are very very friendly once they once they get to know you as a regular. (Unfortunately, however, I've had a rude and upsetting experience with one of their non-Thai staffers in the afternoon.)

Bagels are near perfection, but if they want to maintain a steady customer base --ie.-- recurring revenue from neighborhood residents--they need to make sure their counter staffers don't get nasty with the customers. No matter how great the bagels are, I'm not going to want to go back for a while if I have to deal with a snippy guy at the counter.

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The bagels here always have excellent flavor and texture. I recommend Absolute highly.

2
★★★★★

The bagels here always have excellent flavor and texture. I recommend Absolute highly.

Pros: flavor, freshness, price

Cons: none, none, none

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They are definitely the best bagels in the city. They're chewy and have the perfect consistency and are always fresh... and usually warm as well. Amazing! Also, the people there are really really nice. Every time I go home my family makes me bring back a dozen of their bagels. Much preferred over Nussbaum & Wu or any other bagel joints nearby. Worth the trip.

2
★★★★★

They are definitely the best bagels in the city. They're chewy and have the perfect consistency and are always fresh... and usually warm as well. Amazing! Also, the people there are really really nice. Every time I go home my family makes me bring back a dozen of their bagels. Much preferred over Nussbaum & Wu or any other bagel joints nearby. Worth the trip.

Pros: great food, great workers, great prices

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The bagels themselves are great, but what really sets Absolute apart are their creative and unusual topping options--try an egg bagel with bacon and cheddar cream cheese or a whole wheat bagel with dutch apple cream cheese for something different in your morning routine. However, you may want to bring your own drink, as their cooler is poorly stocked with a very limited variety of beverages.

2
★★★★★

The bagels themselves are great, but what really sets Absolute apart are their creative and unusual topping options--try an egg bagel with bacon and cheddar cream cheese or a whole wheat bagel with dutch apple cream cheese for something different in your morning routine. However, you may want to bring your own drink, as their cooler is poorly stocked with a very limited variety of beverages.

Pros: Bagels, Toppings

Cons: , A bit expensive, Closes early

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Not only are the bagels and spreads fantastic, but if you go there often enough, Paul will bump you to the front of the line (even if it's cops!)! Who can beat that for service???

2
★★★★★

Not only are the bagels and spreads fantastic, but if you go there often enough, Paul will bump you to the front of the line (even if it's cops!)! Who can beat that for service???

Pros: great variety, great fresh coffee

Cons: a little expensive, close too early

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Luckily, the Fates have allocated a perfectly timed moment between my waking and when my train comes, a moment where, like clockwork, the ovens of Absolute steamily open, and hundreds of fiendishly parboiled-then-baked-to-perfection loops of dough are sorted by shifty hands between the various bready bins. Too freshly hot to hold a dollop of tofutti without it oozing out on the train, but better plain anyhow, this 60-cent gem of New York cookery has become a faithful part of my morning waking routine, as it will probably stay, even when something better to occupy my morning moments comes along. This starchy sucker is worth waking up earlier for.

2
★★★★★

Luckily, the Fates have allocated a perfectly timed moment between my waking and when my train comes, a moment where, like clockwork, the ovens of Absolute steamily open, and hundreds of fiendishly parboiled-then-baked-to-perfection loops of dough are sorted by shifty hands between the various bready bins. Too freshly hot to hold a dollop of tofutti without it oozing out on the train, but better plain anyhow, this 60-cent gem of New York cookery has become a faithful part of my morning waking routine, as it will probably stay, even when something better to occupy my morning moments comes along. This starchy sucker is worth waking up earlier for.

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Surprising variety and freshness for such a small shop. Buy the bagels and use your own spread for a value.

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★★★★★

Surprising variety and freshness for such a small shop. Buy the bagels and use your own spread for a value.

Pros: tasty, cheap, fast

Cons: expensive spreads

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These bagels are excellent - doughy, and both better and cheaper than H&H.

2
★★★★★

These bagels are excellent - doughy, and both better and cheaper than H&H.

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The staff at Absolute will always recommend the freshest, just-baked, hot out of the oven bagels or else slip a cool one back in the oven upon request. They have an awesome selection of tofutti cream cheeses, which you can get on the side. Plus, the iced and regular coffee is great. The hours are convenient and the price is right; what more could you want from a bagel shop?!

2
★★★★★

The staff at Absolute will always recommend the freshest, just-baked, hot out of the oven bagels or else slip a cool one back in the oven upon request. They have an awesome selection of tofutti cream cheeses, which you can get on the side. Plus, the iced and regular coffee is great. The hours are convenient and the price is right; what more could you want from a bagel shop?!

Pros: Customer friendly, consistently great, nice neighborhood mix

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Good bagels - cheap compared to H&H, variety of cream cheeses, mini-muffins, decent NY coffee, rapid service, and sitting room. Family place. Even made a pizza bagel on demand for my 5 year old! Fellow chinese-canadian...

2
★★★★☆

Good bagels - cheap compared to H&H, variety of cream cheeses, mini-muffins, decent NY coffee, rapid service, and sitting room. Family place. Even made a pizza bagel on demand for my 5 year old! Fellow chinese-canadian...

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For a bagel purist, these bagels might at first sight seem a little on the large side and perhaps pumpernickle raisin and whole wheat sesame are non-traditional. But don't be fooled--these are seriously good chewing bagels. They are also fresh. I am often dumbfounded at on-site bagel bakeries that don't circulate their stock properly. If you go into Absolute in the morning, you are sure to have several hot varieties to choose from and many warm. And, though I take my bagels seriously, both the whole wheat sesame and pumpernickel raising are worthy additions to bageldom.

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★★★★★

For a bagel purist, these bagels might at first sight seem a little on the large side and perhaps pumpernickle raisin and whole wheat sesame are non-traditional. But don't be fooled--these are seriously good chewing bagels. They are also fresh. I am often dumbfounded at on-site bagel bakeries that don't circulate their stock properly. If you go into Absolute in the morning, you are sure to have several hot varieties to choose from and many warm. And, though I take my bagels seriously, both the whole wheat sesame and pumpernickel raising are worthy additions to bageldom.

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A Thai bagel baker? Samak Thongkrieng, who learned his stuff at Ess-a-Bagel, turns out bagels that are huge and have an oh-so-soft texture more like that of a Chinese bun than an old-fashioned New York bagel. Still, Absolute's bagels get…

 

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