Eat & Drink New York City Restaurants

Black Seed Bagels

January 6, 2016

There is very little in this world that can make me as happy on weekend mornings as a bagel. Even after living in the south, I’d always choose a bagel over a biscuit (even though some of my friends would consider that sacrilegious).

So when I was in New York City for the weekend visiting a friend from high school, I quickly made a beeline on Sunday morning to Black Seed Bagels before I caught my train home. And by “quickly,” I mean that it took me a while because I get so confusedย NYC subway system, even when someone’s showing me around. Hopefully I’ll get it someday!

Black Seed Bagels has an unassuming store front with a warm and vibrant interior. As you wait in line to place your order, you can peruse the menu, which has a crazy number of bagel sandwich options, while also sneaking peeks to see what other people have ordered.



I quickly picked out what bagel I wanted and excitedly placed my order. While waitingย for my number to be called, my stomach definitely grumbled loud enough for the entire restaurant to hear which was somewhat embarrassing but I have no shame.

And I was pretty proud with my outfit that day, all black everything with this amazing coat from Topshop. It’s so cute and I wear it all the time now that the temperatures have dropped to crazy lows!!


Soon enough my number was called and happily made my way back out to the street with my bagel. Black Seed gets pretty crowded and there are a limited number of tables, so I would recommend eating at non-peak times if you want to sit down and bask in the glory of your bagel. Instead, I took the opportunity to explore more of the Little Italy part of the city, all while happily munching on my avocado, tomato, and baked egg bagel sandwich and texting my boyfriend about how we need to eat at Black Seed Bagels the next time he comes up to visit!


Do you guys have a favorite spot to grab bagels in New York City or by where you live?


Black Seed

170 Elizabeth Street

New York, NY 10012


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  • WOW does that bagel sandwich look simply amazing! You are making me so hungry. I will have to check it out. Thank you for sharing and I hope your week is going well!

    • Courtney

      Black Seed has some of the most incredible bagel sandwiches I’ve ever seen!

  • Amy Ann

    OMG that bagel looks amazing! I love them too but please don’t make me choose between them. I want both and bagel and a biscuit! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Courtney

      I feel like when I’m down south I tend to lean more towards biscuits, but bagels will forever have my heart!

  • That bagel looks so good!! I have to admit that as a non-American the concept of bagels has eluded me for quite some time (what’s the point of the hole?!), but I’m sure this bagel shop would quickly let me see the error of my ways! Besides, how could Avocado and baked eggs ever be a bad idea? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Have a great day!

    • Courtney

      Before I lived abroad, I had no idea that bagels were such an American obsession and was shocked to find that it was hard to find a good bagel place (they’re basically on every corner in New York City)! And I’ve never really though about why there’s a hole in the middle!!

  • OH MY GOODNESS that looks so delicious!!!

    xo | The Fashion Forecast

    • Courtney

      Black Seed Bagels is so yummy! I can’t wait to try more of their menu!

  • Jennifer

    Yum that bagel looks really good! I’m a huge bagel fan too! xx

    • Courtney

      Bagels are basically my life… Even my boyfriend knows that the best way to my heart is to bring me bagels for breakfast!

  • These bagels look unreal, absolutely amazing! xxxxx

    • Courtney

      My breakfast bagel was so good!! I always love finding new breakfast spots in the city!

  • OMG, I would KILL for that bagle sammy right now! DELISH!

    xx, Elise

    • Courtney

      Me too! If anyone would like to deliver one to my office that would be awesome!

  • OMG that looks AMAZING! We just have Einstein Bros, which is more of a chain. Wish we had more locally owned ones here in Vegas!


    • Courtney

      Einstein’s was basically the only bagel shop I ate at in high school! I’m really loving being so close to NYC so I can discover awesome locally owned restaurants!

  • A New York bagel is by far my favorite food.

    xx. The Coastal Confidence

    • Courtney

      Me too!! Even my dad (who grew up in the city) was impressed by Black Seed and wants to go the next time my parents visit!

  • My mouth watered looking at these photographs! Great post ๐Ÿ™‚

    Laura x

    • Courtney

      Looking back at my pictures is making me really crave a bagel!

  • okay stop that looks amazing!

    • Courtney

      And my bagel tasted even better than it looked!! Such a dream breakfast haha

  • I’m heading to NYC later this month, I’ll make sure to try it… I lovvee bagels!



    • Courtney

      You should definitely stop by Black Seed Bagels!! I love exploring the city to find awesome new restaurants, so I’m excited to hear about what you find on your trip!

      • Any other recommendations?

        • Courtney

          I have so many!! For breakfast/brunch, I’d recommend Jack’s Wife Freda, The Butcher’s Daughter, Bluestone Lane, and Agave. Boqueria has an amazing unlimited booze/food brunch too (at least that’s how they do it in their restaurant in DC!) too. For dinner, I’d recommend The Dutch, Seamore’s, and Bar Primi. And my favorite ice cream place is Magnolia Bakery!

  • Your pictures are always so amazing! I just love stopping by your page!

    • Courtney

      Thank you so much, although it is hard to take a bad picture of such a delicious bagel! I always love reading your posts as well!

  • Someone get me that bagel stat!

    • Courtney

      It was so good!!

  • Those sandwiches look like they are to die for!


    • Courtney

      My avocado breakfast bagel was so yummy! Definitely worth the 10 minutes I walked in the wiring direction to get to Black Seed!

  • I’m here for the bagel sandwich. OMG! so YUM!!
    Great shots! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Courtney

      I’m always down for a bagel sandwich! Bagels are bae!

  • oh my! that bagel sandwich looks AMAZING!

    • Courtney

      It was so yummy! I love bagels in the first place and anything with avocado has my heart!

  • I’ve never seen such imaginative fillings for a bagel before, it looks great!

    • Courtney

      I’m a little obsessed with Black Seed! Definitely going back the next time that I’m in the city!

  • Bagel sandwitch looks amazing!! Soo delicious!
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    • Courtney

      It was so good! Definitely one of the more gourmet bagels I’ve had in a while!

  • I love this place! Remember passing it last year when we were in NY and spontaneously having a fresh baked bagel – OH MY G, it was so delish… like I’ve never had a fresher bagel, and I’ve been to lots of good bagel places around the world. Thanks for the reminder ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Courtney

      I couldn’t believe how long it took me to finally make it to Black Seed! So yummy!

  • looks delicious! Noted! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Courtney

      My bagel was so good!!

  • Sweet lord that bagel shot!! <3


    • Black Seed’s bagels are the bomb! So delicious!

  • kali kingsley

    omg that looks so delicious. do they have gluten free??

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