Ess-a-Bagel wins Best Bagel Golden Local

In the latest Golden Local debate, New Yorkers voted Ess-a-Bagel as the best bagel in town.

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Ess-a-Bagel beat Murray's Bagels for the city's best Bagel with 59% of the locals' vote. Our human trophy Michael stopped by to officially give his seal of approval.
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Ess-a-Bagel was established in 1976 at its original location on 21st Street and 1st Avenue and then opened a sizable second space in Midtown on 51st and 3rd Ave several years later.
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For more than three decades, Ess-a-Bagel has been serving some of the city’s most coveted bagels. Crusty on the outside, soft on the inside, and just plain enormous in size. Mmmm.
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The secret? It's all in the hand-rolling, water, flour and the expertise of the bakers. Alberto the baker shows Michael how the bagels are made.
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The bagel is the only bread product that gets boiled before you bake it. Here, bagels float in boiling water while they are being prepared.
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Michael scoops the bagels from the water and places them out to be prepared and baked.
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Alberto adds sesame seeds to the doughy bagels before he puts them in the oven.
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The sesame seed covered bagels wait to be placed in the oven.
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Michael takes over this batch and pops them into the oven.
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The bagels are baked for about 10 minutes, then voila -- a thick, chewy, doughy bagel in the middle with a crispy shiny outer crust.
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Human Trophy Mike takes a break from cooking to enjoy a bagel of his own.
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Michael presents a certificate to owner Florence WIlpon for beating out the competition.
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Linda Wray, long time employee of Ess-a-Bagel, smiles as she waits on customers.
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Ess-a-Bagels also offers a full array of hand-made cakes, pastries, cookies and muffins.
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A customer places an order with long time employee Alberto.
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Ess-a-Bagel employee Omar teaches Mike about all of the different bagels in preparation to serve the many hungry customers.
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Mike hands off a bag to a customer who ordered his favorite: whole wheat.
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Jack, one of Ess-a-Bagel's younger customers, can't hide his enthusiasm for the sesame seed bagel.
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Ess-a-Bagel also has a full spread of schmears, from tofu olive to lox to old-fashioned plain cream cheese which can help you customize your bagel any way you want it. Employees say you can't miss the lox or whitefish spreads.
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This customer can't get enough of his bagel sandwich.
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Employees check out their official Golden Local certificate. A war well won.
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This customer says take a hike Murray's!
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