One of the things New York and New Jersey are most famous for are bagels. They are perfectly crunchy on the outside and soft and chewy on the outside. Bagels are a classic among breakfast and lunch foods for a reason. Montclair has tons of options for bagels, but we’ve rounded up some of the most famous eateries to grab a baker’s dozen of the iconic breakfast go-to. Read on to see our picks for the best bagels in the Montclair area.
Beyond the Bagel | 219 Bellevue Avenue, Montclair
This bagel spot serves up bagels, breakfast sandwiches, prepared desserts, and lunch sandwiches alike. Create your favorite with egg and cheese or a variety of cream cheeses, including strawberry, and vegan options like scallion tofu cream cheese. The shop also offers gluten-free bagels and, of course, a pork roll sandwich.
Hot Bagels Abroad | 150 Valley Road A, Montclair
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Alongside a baker’s dozen bagels and hot fresh single bagels to bring home, this small but mighty eatery offers a French toast bagel alongside options with butter, cream cheese, peanut butter, and more. Lunch sandwiches are served with a choice of side, and can also be enjoyed on a sub for an additional charge. Gourmet wraps, sandwiches, and grilled items are also available. All of the bagels are house-made daily.
Mikki & Al’s Noshery | 14 Park Street, Montclair
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Options are endless at this eatery, where cold salads like whitefish, macaroni, and tuna can be put on a bagel or be bought by the half-pound. Patrons can also enjoy lox and cream cheese on a bagel, with a variety of cream cheese flavors, including scallion. Diners can enjoy anything from a classic Reuben or a breakfast sandwich on a fresh bagel, or opt for a latke plate or a bowl of matzo ball soup instead.
Royal Bagel & Deli | 560 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair
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Hand-rolled bagels are made fresh throughout the day in a variety of flavors at Royal Bagel & Deli. The wide selection of flavors includes poppy, blueberry, pumpernickel, Black Russian, French toast, and even mini bagels. Each bagel is $0.95, and a baker’s dozen is $13.50. Packages that including toppings and spreads are also available.
The Bagel House | 45 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona
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While not TECHNICALLY in Montclair, The Bagel House is famous for its massive bagels and wide array of spreads and offerings. Fruits, spreads, coffees, sandwiches, and even newspapers are available at this one-stop, quick meal shop. Raisin bagels, lox, and a variety of spreads are all affordably priced, too, attracting fans from across Essex County.