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  • The Best Bagels in Hoboken {Sorted By Your Bagel Cravings}

    No matter what the health mags and dietitians of the world may say, there is nothing like a good, doughy, toasted bagel slathered in butter or {our preference} cream cheese. Whether you’re a bagels and lox lover or a strawberry slices and strawberry cream cheese on a pumpernickel bagel or just a french toast bagel straight up with butter — it’s almost a scientific fact that bagels curb most hangovers and bad moods. Juuuust sayin. In Hoboken, we have our fair share of bagel spots, but it’s hard to decipher the men from the boys. Each of the below bagel shops has their forte, so we’re here to spell it out for you. Lo and behold, your comprehensive guide to bagels in the mile square based on your bagel craving — which have all been tried and tested by yours truly. You’re welcome.

    1. Craving: “I want a bagel, but I don’t want that much bread. And I’m hungover. ” {Bagel Smashery}

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    This is kind of a lie — because at Bagel Smashery {153 First Street} you are getting the entire bagel and it’s not less cals, but it feeeeels better since the bagel is “smashed” by the bagel smashing machine {making it very thin and easy to eat — think of it like a panini}. One drawback: the bagel is usually smashed post creation, so it the cheddary-cream cheesy goodness can sometimes ooze out a bit and make it a little complicated while stuffing your face. But that will definitely not bother you if you are hungover and/or want a “thin crust” bagel even with a little extra napkin usage, promise. Yum {AND, they deliver}!

    2. Craving: “I want an everything bagel. The more garlicky the better!” {Hoboken Hot Bagels}

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    Hoboken Hot Bagels {634 Washington Street} can do no wrong when it comes to their everything bagels — chock-full of sesame seeds, poppy seeds, garlic, onion, and salt. Pop that bad boy in the toaster, and you’ve got a serious bagel bonanza on your hands. One word to the wise: if ordering lox and cream cheese on your everything bagel, make sure to ask HHB to put the cream cheese on both sides — major pet peeve if not spread correctly on both sides {but that’s just me}. Still, one of our fave everything bagels in town — and you can get a bagel with cream cheese for a whopping $1.50 — can’t beat it!

    3. Craving: “I want an Insta-worthy bagel.” {Bagels on the Hudson}

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    If you haven’t seen the Insta-sensation that is the new Bagels on the Hudson {located at 802 Washington Street}, then you are clearly missing out on your ‘gram game. This bagel shop got a makeover recently — which included its bagel recipes. The shop specializes in rainbow bagels, which are clearly showstoppers as far as the social media world is concerned. 

    4. Craving: “I want XYZ sandwich bagel that is also Insta-worthy.” {O’Bagel}

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    A new bagel shop to the scene {but with a NJ bagel record that is pretty legit}, O’Bagel has created a name for itself as another go-to midtown bagel spot {600 Washington Street}. The bagels and their sandwiches are very good, but make sure you carve out some time to wait in line {it takes a loooong time to get a bagel from the last few experiences}. That being said, their french toast bagel is SO GOOD {see above for proof – with strawberries + walnut cream cheese yassss}, and their bagel sandwich creations are very creative {and drool-inducing}. 

    5. Craving: “I want to eat a bagel while people-watching commuters.” {JP’s Bagel Express}

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    This spot is right near the PATH {52 Newark Street}, and while it’s a no-frills bagel joint, they have a great selection of freshly made bagels and easily accommodate large orders. The line may look long, but you’ll get your order in faster than you can say “Everything Bagel with Cream Cheese and Lox” {which is delicious, btw}. Plus, the spot is prime viewing for Newark Street walkers/PATH commuters. Grab a chocolate milk {a personal fave} and a crumb cake {they sell those pre-wrapped and they are melt-in-yo-mouth amazeballs}, and you’ll be a happy camper, we have no doubt.

    Those are our favorite bagel spots in Hoboken — for all the right {craving} reasons. What is your favorite? 

     


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