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Clark Bagels, Clark

“Do you have napkins?” “No, no napkins,” she said as she pulled out a few for me. “Is that OK? Do you need more?” The service was pretty friendly at this local stop on Mountain Ave, even humorous at times. These bagels were served real hot, and with a perfect amount of cream cheese for […]

Bagels Supreme, Springfield

BAGELS SUPREME, SPRINGFIELD These bagels were warm and dare I say, beautiful. Warm, even at 2:30 in the afternoon. Beautiful, even after already having eaten a bagel not more than an hour before. They were chewy and doughy, with a slight crunch on the shell. I had an everything; it was near perfect. Even the […]

Bagel Express, Randolph

Another screen door, but no triangle; this is your classic strip mall joint. One NJ Bagelrater reader recommended this bagelry to us, noting that it was “not pretty, but great bagels.” “Pretty” may not be the word, but it does feel like walking into a time capsule from the 1950s and 1980s. Let me explain: […]

Pop’s Bagel Shop, Wharton

Sits on a triangle, similar to Wonder Bagel in Jersey City – a good omen. Greeted by a screen door—can’t help but think of Thunder Road (“The screen door slams/Mary’s dress waves/Like a vision she dances across the porch/as the radio plays”). Another good omen. It’s a vintage bagel shop on the inside, complete with […]

Bagel Cafe & Pizza in Willingboro

Above: one side–presumably the pizza one–of Bagel Cafe & Pizza in Willingboro Below: Blueberry, toasted w/ cream cheese Dear Reader, When we happened upon the name “Bagel Cafe & Pizza,” we thought that we had hit on the Holy Grail. Two of New Jersey’s finest foodstuffs, available at one convenient location. “Ethnic” foods and convenience […]

M&J Hot Bagel, North Bergen

THAT is Route 1/9, and below that is a half of a bagel, balancing on my whitewashed knee. We encountered M&J Hot Bagel of North Bergen on our way back to Bagel HQ in Mercer Co., this time via Newark (any bagels left? Not really). Spurred on by the desire to add one more to […]

Hoboken Hot Bagel

FROM one Frank to another; we departed the land of Frank R. Lautenberg Station and arrived in the land of Frank Sinatra. That we were greeted by a neon signt instead of government-erected concrete sign was indicative of these municipal differences. Hoboken Hot Bagel, another storefront among the dynasty of Hot Bagels in the tri-state […]