There is an Eli’s Bagel shop in the Pond Rd shopping strip in Manalapan ( Freehold?) I believe the original Eli’s was this location.
Not sure & don’t care what ownership is but the bagels are excellent.
When we lived in Aberdeen we really liked bagel Hut. Also on 34 near the ShopRite (opposite side of the street). Bagels are great. Sometimes a little disorganized but really best bagels we found in the area.
Bagel World on route 9 was my go to Bagel place for over 30 years.
He opened a second place in Bear Brook plaza maybe 20 years ago, excellent bagels .
Definitely a toss up between both locations & the Eli’s on Pond Rd .
I would presume they would be. Although it’s probably about as far from our house as the route 9 location, it’s not as convenient.
I don’t buy bagels that often, but these days, when we need one or two for bagels and nova, I get them at The Pickled Herring when I’m there getting their nova.* Those bagels are a lot like Bagel World’s, so maybe they’re the supplier.
*Note: All The Pickled Herring’s appetizing is excellent.
Just posted on Instagram today how saddened I was to learn the news. Dad and I ate here at least once a week for YEARS. It was usually a Friday because that was one of his days off and I always had afternoon classes. We would grab a bagel and coffee, read the NY Post after a Rangers win, and then go about our day. It was a very special place with amazing bagels. After he died, I went back once or twice but it just was not the same.
I have been to what seems like a million places since I stopped going to Eli’s (partly due to his death/memories and partly due to moving an extra 10-15 minutes away). I cannot say any particular place has truly captivated me. I’m still in search of the perfect bagel.
Depending on how far from Eli’s you live, it may be worth the extra 10 minutes to Planet Bagel in Keyport. They put more seeds/toppings on their bagels than anywhere else, and have wonderful texture.
Since I’m good for a bagel once or twice a week, I rotate between these places (in no particular order or pattern):
Planet Bagel (Keyport)-- weird, awkward service with great bagels and awful coffee
Hole Lotta Bagels (Middletown)-- great service, solid bagels, decent coffee
Holmdel Bagels (Holmdel)-- great service, great coffee, smallish bagels and a little too light on the seeds, and never enough butter
Today I actually tried Bagel Boyz in Hazlet on Bethany Road for the first time. They appeared to be relatively new. Aside from an energy behind the counter that you could cut with a knife–an employee was scolded by another employee for writing the wrong abbreviation down on her order pad (apparently she wrote “B” for butter when it should have been “Bu” )-- it was a solid toasted everything (and quite large) with just the right amount of butter. I am rarely up that way, though.
Well @gracieggg it happened again! Went to Bagel Boyz the other day and man, what an atmosphere! The same guy who scolded a coworker last time emerged from the back and walked behind the counter while literally staring me down. I was the only person in the place waiting to place an order. He actually locked eyes with me and gave me the scowl of all scowls as he walked across the place, and again on his way back! It was a threatening, angry stare! I work with the public in a similar situation as them so I understand having a bad day, but I had only just walked in the place.
I stood there another minute or two while a female employee who had her back to me decided to turn around and look up from her phone, noticed me, did a bit of a shrug, and went right back to texting. I figured I would give them another minute before walking out. Two other employees were doing nothing as well. Finally another gentlemen emerged from the back, hands full, and apparently carrying the workload of the entire establishment (he was visibly sweating and exhausted), he noticed me and took/made my order.
I will NEVER step foot in there again. It’s a shame, because they make an excellent bagel. I wish I still did the blog thing because I would love to publish this, but this type of toxic business probably wouldn’t give a shit anyway.
I am blown away! I’m going to read this to my husband later! He’s our resident bagel picker upper from there! I can’t believe it. Question. Not victim blaming here but you didn’t happen to be wearing your “I hate bagel Boyz” shirt, right???