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I'm a young professional living in Astoria (formerly of Williamsburg, the UES and Murray Hill - I move a lot!). I'm always looking for something fun to do or the best place to grab a drink and dinner at an affordable price around the city. Have a suggestion? Email me at Laura AT 89thandbroke DOT com.

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The Only Bagel Place You Need in Murray Hill

We moved into our apartment 11 months ago, and on our first morning in our new home, we went to NY Bagels & Cafe.  Since then, I haven’t walked into another bagel place on the weekend.

NY Bagels & Cafe is located on 1st Ave between 34th and 33rd.  When you walk in, you may be slightly confused as there isn’t really an organized line, but if you head towards the griddle, the staff will know you are there and will immediately ask you what you’d like to have.  Like most bagel places, NY Bagels & Cafe offers your standard bacon, egg and cheese and cream cheese, but there are also omelets, deli wraps and salads made-to-order.

I don’t eat cream cheese, so my standard order is a bacon, egg and cheese on a toasted onion bagel.  I like that I can specify how many eggs I want on my sandwich and that the staff always asks and doesn’t just assume I want two eggs.  I love that there is a huge variety of cheese so you can get something other than American if you’d like.  Since I’m a cheese fiend, I enjoy that my guy behind the griddle always puts two pieces on my sandwich.  And speaking of my guy behind the griddle, if you walk in and see a man in a hat who is heavily tattooed, you are in luck.  This guy knows how to make a dominate sandwich and let’s just put it this way – my roommate and I are moving in a month, and we’re contemplating how much we can offer this guy to move with us and make us breakfast each weekend.

In addition to delicious sandwiches, NY Bagels & Cafe offers tons of different beverages, which is perfect when you are hungover on the weekend and have no idea what will help quench your thirst.  More often than not, I go with the iced coffee which is delicious.  Just keep in mind there isn’t a medium size, so you’ll have to choose between a large or small.  If you like orange juice with pulp, you may want to swing by the cooler with the Tropicana orange juice.  You’ll notice there is a plastic container with no label on it.  My roomate swears this orange juice is amazing.  It is also worth noting that there is a $10 card minimum, so make sure you save some cash for your breakfast.

NY Bagels & Cafe is a great way to start my Saturday and Sunday mornings.  From the pleasant staff to the delicious breakfast sandwiches, this is the number one thing I’ll miss when I leave the neighborhood.

The Basics
Name: NY Bagels & Cafe
Location: 587 1st Ave between 33rd and 34th St
Who to bring: Self
Price: $ Less than $4 for a breakfast sandwich.
Overall: My go-to. 5 stars.

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4 comments to The Only Bagel Place You Need in Murray Hill

  • I’m going to miss NY Bagels & Cafe too – getting breakfast from here and then proceeding to watch 4 hours of 90210 re-runs and other unmentionable movies aimed for tweens are among my favorite in NYC.

  • I was just there with Mike on Saturday and we ran into your friend Doug :) Has been a standard weekend breakfast spot for us for 2 years now!

  • Michele

    I used to live across the street. Loved this place! Best breakfast sandwiches around, and great lunch sandwiches too! Now that I don’t live in the hood anymore, I really miss it. My friends from CA wanted to eat there every day when they came to visit me. Great, great spot.

  • Dude! I LOVE this place!!! I have many fond memories of snagging a bagel and coffee from here during my visits to NYC. Love Love Love.

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