American bagels with smoked salmon, cream cheese and dill

Tales of the bagel’s origins abound, but no one actually knows for certain where and when the first bagel was baked. Less up for debate is that New York City is home to the highest concentration of quality bagels in the world. And a lot of the very best rolls with holes can be found in Brooklyn. Today, we hone in on five bagel shops in and around Brooklyn Heights that are especially well-respected by bagel connoisseurs.

Court Street Bagels

This Cobble Hill bagelry is known for its big, fluffy bagels and stellar customer service. Just about everything on the menu, except for the coffee, gets rave reviews. Court Street Bagels is a five-minute walk from NU Hotel Brooklyn.

181 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 624-3972

La Bagel Delight

Quality lox, flavorful veggie cream cheese, and reliably delicious bagels put La Bagel Delight in the running for Brooklyn Heights’ best bagel shop. The breakfast sandwiches at this established bagelry are especially popular. A few blocks up Court Street from Court Street Bagels, La Bagel Delight is also a five-minute walk from NU Hotel.

90 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 522-0520

Montague Street Bagels

Montague Street Bagels is one of the few places in Brooklyn where you can get delicious, freshly baked bagels 24/7. In addition to baking fresh bagels around the clock, Montague Street is known for its homemade salads and fresh salad platters.

108 Montague Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 237-2512

Pio Bagel

Also a five-minute walk from NU Hotel Brooklyn, Pio Bagel is known for the quality of bagels, lox, and cream cheese. Pio is also praised for its speedy service, making it another quality option when on the hunt for the best bagels in Brooklyn.

136 Lawrence Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 237-2777

Shelsky’s of Brooklyn

This Boerum Hill institution is best known for two things: smoked fish and New York bagels. Enjoyed together, Shelsky’s is pretty hard to beat. Bluefish, whitefish, peppered mackerel, and red wild sockeye Alaskan salmon are a few of the fish Shelsky’s smokes. Located on Court Street between Pacific and Atlantic, Shelsky’s is another bagelry just a five-minute walk from NU Hotel.

141 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 855-8817

Smith Street Bagels

This popular Boerum HIll bagelry, open around the clock, serves classic bagel varieties with a host of cream cheese options. Apple spice cream cheese and tofu flavored cream cheese are two of the more adventurous options.

202 Smith Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 858-6000