Leo’s Bagels

Review by: billyboy

Leo’s Bagels has been my favorite bagel shop in NYC for many years. A while back, I had done a one-man bagel tour and Leo’s still came out on top. While it is conveniently located near my place of work, I would go out of my way to come here or skip a bagel elsewhere to wait for one from Leo’s. The service is really good and I come so often that they many times know what I’m ordering before I do.

Warm, crusty and chewy, these bagels are the perfect vehicles for any number of fillings: eggs & cheese, lox, cream cheese or as a “Catskills” sandwich with turkey, muenster cheese, coleslaw and Russian dressing. The Jalapeno, Kalamata olive and Maple-Raisin-Walnut cream cheeses are the ones I most enjoy. The best thing about their bagels is that they are chewy without being dense and have a nice crust on the outside. I have forgotten how many times I picked up a Cinnamon Raisin bagel right when they opened and just walked around the neighborhood on a brisk winter’s morning equipped with the tastiest hand warmer ever! I have found myself here in line on many a Saturday morning for my fix. If it’s busy I’ll get them to go but if it’s a slow day I’ll avail myself of a stool by the window and relax for a bit to take in some people watching. There are also a couple of small parks nearby where one can sit for a nosh.

Owner Adam Pomerantz and his family own two other bagel shops in NYC, Zucker’s in Tribeca and Murray’s in the Union Square area. I really like both of them but Leo’s is definitely my favorite. If you’ve never tried a bagel in NYC or have only had one or two, only to be disappointed, here is my advice: 1.) DO NOT go to a bakery/pastry shop or a boedga/grocery store. A true NYC bagel experience must be had at a shop that specializes in making bagels. 2.) Turn off your computer and get to Leo’s!

What To Eat

Bagel sandwich

Bagel with cream cheese

Dr. Brown’s soda

Ronnybrook chocolate milk


Leo’s Bagels Recipes


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