If there's one thing that brings together Long Islanders, it's certainly the incredible bagels that we are known for. Some swear by the bagel-making processes that Long Islanders hold dear as the reason for the unrivaled quality. Some say that it's all in the mineral-rich water from aquifers that gives the bagels their unique taste. Regardless of the reason, what can be guaranteed is that the best bagels in the world can be found at some of Long Island's hundereds of shops.
As February 9th is National Bagel Day, there could not be a better time to spotlight some of our favorite shops. With an unfathomable amount of choices, everyone is going to have their favorite, so be sure to share your thoughts on our selections and your favorite spot in the comments below!
432 South Oyster Bay Road, Hicksville, NY 11801
Serving as the original store in what has become a favorite chain on Long Island, Bagel Boss in Hicksville has been a staple of the community since 1976. It is also credited with being the first bagel shop on LI to be open 24/7, and the tradition continues to this day. Not to mention that there are also 12 other Bagel Boss locations on Long Island and in NYC to visit!
Country Hot Bagels
361 Fort Salonga Road, Northport, NY 11768
Since 1992, Country Hot Bagels has been providing Northport with homemade bagels that are made entirely from scratch. Regardless of the bagel you choose, be sure to pair it with a hot cup of their "Best On Long Island" coffee.
43 Cold Spring Road, Syosset, NY 11791
An extensive menu of sandwiches, muffins, and smoked fish ensures that Bagel Master is more than just a great spot for bagels, but that doesn't mean that the bagels aren't some of the tastiest around.
Goldberg’s Famous Bagels
801 County Road 39, Southampton, NY 11968
The Goldbergs have been in the bagel business for four generations, and after one bite, you'll know exactly why their bagels have won over the taste buds of Long Islanders. The Southampton location was The Goldbergs first foray into selling bagels on Long Island, but the family now proudly operates ten locations throughout the East End.
Hand Rolled Bagels
930 Hillside Avenue, New Hyde Park, NY 11040
Siblings Nick and Jean have been operating Hand Rolled Bagels in New Hyde Park for more than twenty years, amassing quite the following in that time. Whether you're looking for the most delicious poppy, blueberry, or whole wheat bagel, you can't go wrong with a Hand Rolled bagel.
My Three Sons Bagel Cafe
974 Franklin Avenue, Garden City, NY 11530
For mouthwatering egg sandwiches and homemade cream cheese that is the perfect addition to any bagel, My Three Sons Bagel Cafe is certainly a must. Stop by their Garden City location or check out the Stewart Manor or Williston Park shops.
Bean & Bagel Cafe
4426 Middle Country Road, Calverton, NY 11933
Widely known for their boiled stone-baked bagels, Bean & Bagel Cafe offers all of the favorite flavor varieties, as well as an extensive selection of flagels. Perfect for breakfast and lunch alike, the Calverton shop is certainly a worthy contender for the bagel crown.
Long Island Bagel Cafe
3452 Long Beach Road, Oceanside, NY 11572
Long Island Bagel Cafe has been around since the first store opened in Oceanside in 1986, but don't think that they cut any corners in their old age! The bagels continue to be rolled by hand at all ten of their locations, and all offerings from the French toast to sun-dried tomato bagels are worth a try.
761 Hempstead Turnpike, Franklin Square, NY 11010
Operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, A&S Bagels is a renowned destination for breakfast and the late-night munchies alike. The bagels are tasty enough to eat by themselves, but the shop offers a plethora of specialty cream cheeses and sandwiches that will surely please all Long Islanders.
1879 Lakeland Avenue, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
A full menu of breakfast items, deli sandwiches, soups, and desserts makes Strathmore Bagels a great choice for both a quick stop on the way to work and relaxing weekend mornings.
...Or Have Bagels Come To You!
New York's famous bagels can be delivered straight to your doorstep with Bagel of the Month Club! The service ships 6 or 13 bagels to you each month, providing you with the freshest and most delicious bagels in the U.S. Certainly a great option for those that have moved off of Long Island and miss the unparalleled bagels that local shops make daily!