i have this place in my heart for the upper west side in the 100's near columbia university. for whatever reason, it doesn't feel like you're in manhattan anymore. we find ourselves walking up there a lot on the weekends to get treats at the hungarian pastry shop and stock up on bagels for the week at absolute.
new yorkers get opinionated over pizza and bagels. everyone knows the best place and there's no use arguing about it. pick your favorite and defend it.
i daresay they are the best bagels on the upper west side, though i'm sure some would disagree.
ps: it's close to the famous seinfeld restaurant.