H&H Bagels NYC – Giant Hula Hoops

H&H Bagels started in 1972 when Puerto Rican Helmer Toro and his brother-in-law Hector Hernandez (thus the name “H&H”) bought Midtown Bagels at Broadway and 80th Street for a mere $5,000! ($29,000 in 2018 dollar terms) in cash. The latter was bought for $50,000 ($290,000 in 2018 dollar terms) in a loan. Considering the gargantuan amount of chewy carb rings they produce for the City I’d say that’s a flipping bargain! Coming here was our last meal and it’s not just the bagel production which is gargantuan – the queues were too! We simply couldn’t leave NYC without having one though, even if we had to shoe-horn one in, as were were already filled to the brim from our holiday.

Almost there!

The fillings.

First up we had a “whole wheat everything pumpernickel” bagel filled with sable fish and cream cheese $12.95. The bagel itself was packed full of seeds and came with a lick of aniseed from the fennel. The rich oily fish came over-flowing with cream cheese, it so exuberant, only a couple of mouthfuls did the trick. I left the rest.  

Next up we had silky Nova Scotia salmon $10.95 on a malty brown bagel – again they weren’t holding back on the cream cheese! 

My favourite was the one from the speciality section of the menu, which came with 2 eggs, hot Italian sausage, pepper jack cheese and jalapeño cream cheese on a whole wheat bagel $8.75. It was totally filthy good. Although, the cream cheese could have been toned down a few notches, a smear would have been enough. 

The verdict:

When did I go? Nov 2016
The damage: Expect to pay $10-$13ish for a bagel – double that if you have a couple to yourself, we did and it really wasn’t necessary!
The good: The bagels have a lovely snap when you bite into them, have a fantastic chewy texture, and there is enough variety of fillings for the masses. It great for grab-go only, but there are a number of tables available.
The bad: The generous slathers of cream cheese drowned out a lot of the other elements of the bagel. I’d suggest asking them to take to easy, unless its your thing!
Rating: 3/5
Would I go again? Yes
Address: 1551 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028, USA
Phone: +1 212.734.7441


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