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Best Bagels in Queens, New York

Two Great Bagel Shops

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Two of the best NYC bagel joints are in central Queens.

Hot Bialys in Forest Hills doesn't have a bagel name, but its reputation is stellar for delicious bagels with crisp exteriors and chewy interiors. It's right down the block from the Kew Gardens Courthouse, so if you're on jury duty, grab a bagel for your morning waiting. Hot Bialys is close to the E and F trains at Union Turnpike, and not a bad walk from tranquil Forest Hills Gardens. (Their bialys are nothing to name a place over.)

  • Hot Bialys, 116-63 Queens Boulevard (at 78th Avenue) (Near Union Turnpike, E/F subways, and Queens County Courthouse) Forest Hills, NY 11375, 718-544-0900
Bagel Oasis in Fresh Meadows is an oasis. It nails the crisp/chewy divide, gives great service, and hands over the most perfect onion bagels ever. Too many bagel shops encrust bagels with burnt onion bits that overwhelm your mouth, but the Oasis speckles the bagel with lightly roasted onion, a perfect balanced taste. These folks take their tasks to heart.

The only problem with Bagel Oasis is location. It's on Horace Harding out near the 188th Street mall, in the land of no subways. So drive. You won't be the only one getting off the LIE at exit 25 (Utopia Parkway). The Oasis is on the southern side of the LIE at 183rd Street.

  • Bagel Oasis, 183-12 Horace Harding Expressway (LIE exit 25), Fresh Meadows, NY 11365, 718-359-9245
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