• Absolute Bagels

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Serves meat, vegan options available. A small bagel shop offers multiple made-in-house created tofutti cream cheeses.

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16 Reviews

First Review by Jilla


Points +65

28 Apr 2023

Best bagel I've ever had

This was a legit bagel. Immediately after eating it I became depressed because it was gone. All other bagels are ruined now. I got the herbs tofutti and it was to die for.

Pros: Lots of vegan tofutti and bagel options, Great service, Good vibes

Cons: Cash only



Points +422

28 Jan 2023

Best bagels ever

For me, the bagels are to die for… sooo chewy and delicious and big! I had the sun dried tomato tofutti- loads of flavours for vegans to choose. Cheap prices too! I will be returning! #Veganuary


Points +15054

31 Oct 2021

Absolute Bagels

These bagels are absolutely incredible! We were lucky to arrive on a Saturday morning when the everything bagels were just finished cooking. Which meant they were hot, super chewy on the inside, and crunchy on the outside. The tofu garlic and chive cream cheese was to die for. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but Absolute Bagels is leaps and bounds better than Ess-A-Bagel.


Points +1827

07 Jun 2021

A.sumday morning classic

Great bagels, long queues in the morning


Points +26

17 Sep 2020

Great Vegan Options

Really delicious tofu options - I especially recommend the toasted bagel option. So crunchy! And a nice balance to the spread. I had the Tofutti with sundried tomatoes, and it was nice and hearty. Will definitely be back.
One thing to be aware of (as others have pointed out) - cash only! Potentially, there might be a long line, too, so bring enough time as well as cash.

Pros: selection, price, quality of the food

Cons: potentially long lines


Points +32

13 Feb 2020

Best bagel in nyc

Great I had an everything bagel with tofutti garlic and chive would recommend.

Pros: 10 vegan spread options , Lots of drinks , Cheap

Cons: None


Points +12118

18 Jan 2020

Good bagels with Tofutti cream cheese choices

It is difficult to get that excited about a place whose vegan items consist of bagels plus tofutti cream cheeses. To be fair, they have a lot of variety of tofutti cream cheeses, and the bagels do taste good. Note that not all the tofutti cream cheese flavors are vegetarian: the tofutti lox spread has fish.

Pros: Good bagels, Have a yen for a vegan shmear? this place'll do

Cons: Not particularly healthy


Points +2254

14 Jan 2020

Absolutely the best vegan bagel experience in all of NYC

Fresh bagels, toasted or untoasted, wuth choice of 10 vegan cream cheese...even lox! Service excellent znd friendly. a MUST visit. Warm inside for sitting down.

Pros: 10 vegan cream cheese options, Tasty fresh bagels, Friendly service


Points +1643

01 Nov 2019

Vegan cream cheese selections!!!

Not only are the bagels (except for the egg one) vegan, but they have a legit selection of house made tofutti cream cheeses (that mirror all the dairy ones). A real New York bagel and Schmeer without the cruelty!

Pros: Plethora of Vegan cream cheeses, Amazing bagels that don’t need toasting , Reasonable prices

Cons: Cash only , Closes early, No delivery


Points +253

27 Oct 2019

Special Tofu Spreads

The bagels are definitely good, but the flavors and freshness of the tofu spreads are what sets this place apart as a destination.

They have delicious sundried tomato-basil...and an herb tofu spread that is just amazing. It’s like nothing I’ve seen offered elsewhere. It’s packed full of herbs. What’s in it? Herbs de Provence? Rosemary? Other stuff? I don’t know, but it’s great and compliments any savory-ready bagel quite nicely. They have a sweet option, too, walnut-raisin, maybe. It’s all good, but I prefer the flavors I can only get here.

I even like the way the spreads are presented in the case to choose from: a heaping mound in a metal container with the flavored ingredients sprinkled on top. There’s something that feels so homemade about it. They scoop it out neatly, from the back, all the way to the bottom.

I also enjoy how you can see back to where they make the bagels right over the counter. Watch them roll the dough into bagel shapes and see the huge vat they boil them in.

Dingy floor, wobbly tables, barely any place to sit, quick but friendly no-frills service, cash only. I love it all. Complete Upper West Side classic.

Pros: Unique tofu spread flavors, Quintessential New York experience, that’s also vegan

Cons: Best to take food to-go, Long lines show you you’ve found something good


Points +49

28 Jul 2019

Best bagels!

Every time I'm in NYC (from Maine) I get my bagel fix with a variation of tofutti cream cheeses. Love that place


Points +36

23 Jun 2019

A Staple

Been going here for years! The line is always out the door but it's worth the wait. Best tofutti I've ever had! Along with the best, in my opinion, bagels in NYC.

Pros: Soft bagels

Cons: Cash only


Points +122

23 Jun 2019

An absolute must

These bagels are AMAZING and there is an extensive menu of tofutti cream cheese! Seriously, best bagels ever. HappyCow won’t let us give them 5 stars as they serve meat - but I would give them 6 or 7. Worth the wait.


Points +46

03 May 2019

Amazing Bagels

I love their bagels, and highly recommend, the bagels are highly sort after as there is always long queues.

Pros: Taste Amazing, Cheap Bagels

Cons: They only take cash 😪

Wendy Vegan

Points +132

06 Jul 2018

Best bagel on the Upper West Side

The BEST chewy, New York bagels! Cash only place, so plan ahead. About five different vegan tofu cream cheeses to choose from. I love the scallion tofu cream cheese!

Pros: Fantastic bagels, Vegan cream cheese in several flavors, Mini bagels available, too

Cons: Long line on weekends


Points +20

03 Sep 2016

Best cream cheese

I got black coffee, a cinnamon raisin bagel with the walnut and raisin toffuti cream cheese. i did not double check if the bagels are vegan, but I rarely come across bagels that aren't. There was a line out the door but it was worth the 20min wait. Best bagel and tofutti cream cheese I've ever had.

Pros: Best bagel

Cons: Long line

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