New Jerseyans know a thing or two about bagels. But the Garden State’s never seen anything like The Bagel Nook in Freehold.
This bagel shop is known for way more than your average schmears. It’s gone viral for it’s micro-batch specialty cream cheeses (think cannoli, jalapeño cheddar, cool ranch and cookie dough), Crazy Bagels (many of which are coated in fave kids’ cereals like Cocoa Puffs and Cap’n Crunch) and epic bagel overloads.
This family-owned operation is relatively new to the scene, but has already made a major splash in the Instagram food world. What really put the shop on the map? The Oreo Overload: Oreo cream cheese and whole cookies atop a vanilla chocolate swirl bagel. Boasting more than 66K followers on IG, it’s no wonder the shop’s over-the-top creations have caught the eye of publications like Today, Food & Wine and Buzzfeed.
Owner Alex Berkowitz worked in the bagel industry since he was a teenager. From the passion and ideas to start the true breakfast and lunch landmark of his dreams, The Bagel Nook was born. Now breakfast lovers from far and wide travel for epic treats straight from the menu, or personalized combos of bagels and spreads (we went for the Flaming Hot Cheeto bagel with blazin’ ranch cream cheese with more hot Cheetos inside…and loved it so much that we named The Bagel Nook our Editor’s Pick for Best Bagels in NJ as part of our 2018 Ultimate Bucket List).
The shop does more than next-level bagels. You can start your day with breakfast options like Oversized Monster Muffins that come in flavors like sugar cookie and M&M; Crazy French Toast, like the Fruity Pebbles number with sweet vanilla glaze, strawberries and a whole lotta cereal, or an array of indulgently-dressed donuts. Alex’s current favorite? The Blueberry French Toast Crumbcake Overload. He was also super proud of the gargantuan Cannoli Overload, a Cocoa Puff bagel topped with s’mores cream cheese and a cannoli-stuffed donut, topped off with a whole mini cannoli.
The shop can also whip up omelets, pancakes, salads, wraps and other staples. If you go for lunch, ask about the Truck Sandwich menu, a lineup of four epic fat sandwiches topped with everything from chicken tenders and mozz sticks to onion rings and spicy jalapeño aioli.
Don’t live near Freehold? The Bagel Nook will ship select treats anywhere in the country. Remember your out-of-state college days when you were going through a serious bagel withdrawal? Imagine if mom had shipped you the Cookie Monster Back to School Bagels pack, boasting six Cap’n Crunch bagels and a pound of blue cream cheese blended with Oreos and cookie dough. Goodbye, homesickness!