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Bagels in New Jersey

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I chechked the past thread, and all the info I could find on NJ bagels was at least 2 yrs old, and nowhere near me. So....If anyone knows where I can find good bagels (not ones that taste like a hard roll) in Montclair, Verona, West Caldwell, or the Morristown area, PLEASE tell me! Thanks.


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  1. Sorry ... the only good bagels I've found in NJ are in North Brunswick: Better Bagel, Georges Road.

    If you are ever in the area, try them. They're nice and chewy on the inside with a little crunch on the outside. They also dress them with ample toppings, i.e. sesame, poppy, etc.

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    1. re: Deborah

      I seem to recall some really, really good ones on Rte. 10 in E. Hanover, but I couldn't tell you the name of the place.

      1. re: MU

        In Englewood, on the corner of Hudson Street and the train tracks around Dean Drive: fantastic bagels. Crisp outside, not too dense inside. True-tasting pumpernickel, loads of plump raisins in the cinn. raisin. A few stores down from the Roman Inn, where you can try the #11 hero, or a great slice of pizza.

        1. re: Liza

          In Highland Park the Bagel Dish & the Bagel Dish Cafe (both on Raritan Ave) serve up some of the best, dense, chewy bagels I've ever tasted. None of those humongo cali size bagels without flavor or heft. I grew up on these babies and nothing else compares. . .

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      jonathan sibley

      Does this mean that you don't like the little bagel place on Bellevue Avenue in Montclair across from St James Church, or just that you haven't tried it. I think they are pretty good.

      1. I'm a brooklynite living in Northern Jersey for 17 years and there is only one good bagel place. Avoid at all costs this mini-chain called "g&a bagels" -- they truly suck for those of us who know what a real bagel is. My life revolved around bagels and great food while i was growing up and i remember the 6 cent ones we would buy all steamy and hot...
        the only place to go is:

        KC's bagel express on route 23 heading south in Pompton Plains, NJ. Great variety, incredible bagels.
        hope this helps!

        1. I found this tip on my chow list...no idea where it came from, so caveat eater:

          Hot Bagels shop on Saddle River Road in Fair Lawn

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          1. re: Jim Leff

            Yup. Just down the road a piece AND the bagel place on Fair Lawn Ave. across from the strip mall with CVS, the Swiss Pork Store, and the Kosher market. Irony? Paradox? Diversity?

          2. hi! see if you can find my thread, i can't remember when i posted it, but go to pompton plains:

            kc bagel express, on rte 23 south. they just don't get better than those kc bagels, i'm telling you!

            good luck.

            1. If you commuting between NYC and NJ by car, I found that bagels in Secaucus in the downtown shopping plaza to be very good. Best to stop by in the morning and get them fresh.

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              1. re: Steve Zang

                I want to know where the best BIGGEST Bagels are in New Jersey...........I'm planning on shipping them to Texas

                1. re: J Moreno

                  The best bagels I have ever encountered are to be found at Baglicious in Ridgewood, NJ. I'll bet the high school kids that work there would be delighted to make you a giant Texas-size bagel if you call ahead and explain the joke.

                2. re: Steve Zang

                  The bagels at Sonny's in South Orange are first rate. It's a small store that sells only bagels, so they are always fresh with the "traditional toppings". Larger than those of my youth, but not huge; you bite them and they bite you back, like a well behaved bagel. The same bagels are found in an associated bakery, Sonny Amsters, off Vauxhall Rd in the Millburn Mall, but they are delvered daily and aren't as fresh and therefore as good.

                  1. re: Steve Zang

                    The bagel place in Secaucus is called Bagel Buffet. The bagels are great! I particularly like the egg bagels and cinnamin raisin bagels. They are huge and always fresh.

                    Bagel Buffet also has a place on Route 17 (southbound side) somewhere around Hackensack/Rochelle Park in the Pathmark shopping center.

                  2. In West Caldwell on Bloomfield Ave near the intersection of Passaic Ave, I think it's called Stein's has good bagels and also bagel flats. Diagonally opposed on Passaic Ave, the Kosher Konner has great whitefish salad.