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Leo's Bagels

3 Hanover Square, New York, NY - (212) 785-4700
Posted By Bill Homan on 2/22/2014 3:38:00 AM
Leo's Bagels has been my favorite bagel shop in NYC for many years. A while back, I had done a one-man bagel tour and Leo's still came out on top. While it is conveniently located near my place of work, I would go out of my way to come here or skip a bagel elsewhere to wait for one from Leo's. The service is really good and I come so often that they many times know what I'm ordering before I do.

Warm, crusty and chewy, these bagels are the perfect vehicles for any number of fillings: eggs & cheese, lox, cream cheese or as a "Catskills" sandwich with turkey, muenster cheese, coleslaw and Russian dressing. The Jalapeno, Kalamata olive and Maple-Raisin-Walnut cream cheeses are the ones I most enjoy. The best thing about their bagels is that they are chewy without being dense and have a nice crust on the outside. I have forgotten how many times I picked up a Cinnamon Raisin bagel right when they opened and just walked around the neighborhood on a brisk winter's morning equipped with the tastiest hand warmer ever! I have found myself here in line on many a Saturday morning for my fix. If it's busy I'll get them to go but if it's a slow day I'll avail myself of a stool by the window and relax for a bit to take in some people watching. There are also a couple of small parks nearby where one can sit for a nosh.

Owner Adam Pomerantz and his family own two other bagel shops in NYC, Zucker's in Tribeca and Murray's in the Union Square area. I really like both of them but Leo's is definitely my favorite. If you've never tried a bagel in NYC or have only had one or two, only to be disappointed, here is my advice: 1.) DO NOT go to a bakery/pastry shop or a boedga/grocery store. A true NYC bagel experience must be had at a shop that specializes in making bagels. 2.) Turn off your computer and get to Leo's!

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
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Dr. Brown's soda
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An Everything bagel with plain cream cheese.  A perfect way to start a Saturday morning.
"An Everything bagel with plain cream cheese. A perfect way to start a Saturday morning."
Bill Homan





Hot, steamy, crusty bagels await my welcome embrace.
"Hot, steamy, crusty bagels await my welcome embrace."
Bill Homan


Leo's usually employs a heavy hand with the cream cheese.
"Leo's usually employs a heavy hand with the cream cheese."
Bill Homan


Bagel perfection.
"Bagel perfection."
Bill Homan


An Everything bagel with Maple-Raisin-Walnut cream cheese has been a favorite fo mine for many years.  That savory-salty/sweet combination is hard to beat.
"An Everything bagel with Maple-Raisin-Walnut cream cheese has been a favorite fo mine for many years. That savory-salty/sweet combination is hard to beat."
Bill Homan


Low fat tuna on an Everything bagel.
"Low fat tuna on an Everything bagel."
Bill Homan


My local connection for Ronnybrook Farms' chocolate milk, the finest I have ever tasted.
"My local connection for Ronnybrook Farms' chocolate milk, the finest I have ever tasted."
Bill Homan


Lots of 'appetizing' available.
"Lots of 'appetizing' available."
Bill Homan


While this is a favorite of my girlfriend's dad, celery flavored soda is definitely an acquired taste for me.
"While this is a favorite of my girlfriend's dad, celery flavored soda is definitely an acquired taste for me."
Bill Homan


One egg, swiss and ham on a toasted & buttered Everything bagel is my 'go to' breakfast sandwich at Leo's.
"One egg, swiss and ham on a toasted & buttered Everything bagel is my 'go to' breakfast sandwich at Leo's."
Bill Homan


A good selection of Dr. Brown's sodas to wash down a tasty bagel.
"A good selection of Dr. Brown's sodas to wash down a tasty bagel."
Bill Homan


I love the presentation of their Daily Specials menu.
"I love the presentation of their Daily Specials menu."
Bill Homan


Love the attitude.
"Love the attitude."
Bill Homan


So much from which to choose. I especially love their specialty sandwiches.
"So much from which to choose. I especially love their specialty sandwiches."
Bill Homan


These are the only seats in Leo's as it's mostly a grab-n-go operation.
"These are the only seats in Leo's as it's mostly a grab-n-go operation."
Bill Homan


A very small storefront in the heart of NYC's Financial District (and conveniently located a few blocks from where I work).
"A very small storefront in the heart of NYC's Financial District (and conveniently located a few blocks from where I work)."
Bill Homan



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