I firmly believe that Absolute Bagels is Manhattan’s best bagel. Hell, the best in all 5 boroughs!
But is it really? Is it really any better than your really good New York bagel purveyor?
Ok, fine, no.
It’s equally as good as Essa or Murray’s or even Brooklyn Bagel Co.
I think the only thing that really sets these top notch bagel joints apart is their cream cheese selection.
Murray’s has standard, traditional flavors. Tompkins has quirky, over the top flavors (like Birthday Cake).
Absolute has a small selection but they offer a Bacon Cheddar cream cheese that I often crave. Adds just enough flavor to your bagel without overpowering it with an actual slice of cheese or strips of bacon.
The line at Absolute can get pretty long but they’re much more efficient than Murray’s, which takes forever.
It’s located near Columbia University and St. John the Divine Cathedral, so if you find yourself in that hood (and you’re not vegan) add yourself to the line and get ready to carb load for a race you’re not running.
New York, NY 10025
b/t 108th St & End Ave