It’s not controversial to say that Ess-A-Bagel serves the best bagels in Midtown. People around here seem to agree, as evidenced by the lines that stretch out the front door. But the lines move fast, and while you’re waiting you can figure out your order - we like their signature one with whitefish salad and nova. Have one of these for breakfast and you probably won’t be starving at 11:29am like usual.
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Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen
Ben’s Kosher Deli is a kosher spot in the Garment District with deli classics and excellent matzo ball soup.
District Social is perfect for when you’re in Midtown and you need a not-terrible place to drink with a group.
Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill
Somehow, the Blue Ribbon brand’s new spot is just as excellent as its other outposts, despite being in a Midtown hotel. This place is, however, insanely expensive.
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Zabar’s is a longstanding gourmet deli on the Upper West Side that’s famous for smoked fish.
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Crave Fishbar’s second location on the UWS is larger than the original UES spot and works for nearly every situation.
Leo’s Bagels arguably has some of the best bagels in the city and their egg and cheese sandwich will make your FiDi mornings better.
Tompkins Square Bagels
Tompkins Square Bagels is a bagel shop in the East Village across the street from the park.
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