Ess-a-Bagel Gramercy and Midtown Owned by an Austrian family and open since the 1970s, Ess-a-Bagel hand rolls and boils in enormous pots visible from the (generally quite long) line. The double-fist-sized rounds are dense and could serve two if you're some sort of weirdo bagel sharer.
Soho: Although my favorite bagel place was once Murray Bagels, it has now become Blackseed. The bagels are a tad smaller, but so much better. The staff comes in at 4 am to start baking a range of flavors including salt, sesame and everything. With a small menu of about 10-15 different sandwiches, they make only enough for each day, allowing them to close at 4 pm. 170 ELIZABETH ST, NEW YORK, NY 10012 OPEN: 7AM-4PM, 7 DAYS A WEEK
44 places in New York City that still exists. Here, Russ & Daughters, 179 East Houston St. (East Village). I've enjoyed lox and bagels from here since kneehigh to a toadstool, and its lovely that its stillthere to be enjoyed, though most other Orchard Street businesses that are similar are gone. Benz of dried fruits and nuts, herring, fabric to be haggled over at the small shops. All gone. But this place remains :-)