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Oct 16, 1999 10:00 AM

Bagels in New Jersey

  • m

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 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.