Jack’s N.Y.C. Bagel and Deli Opens in Little Egg Harbor
Jack Reilly has fulfilled a dream that had been on his bucket list now that he has opened Jack’s N.Y.C. Bagel and Deli in Little Egg Harbor.
“I wanted to open a bagel shop years ago in Mystic Island, but my family talked me out of it,” said Reilly. His interest in bakeries started when he used to visit his grandparents’ bakery, Buda Bakery on Staten Island. “Their big thing was always make it fresh!
“I was born and raised in Staten Island; we moved down here to Little Egg Harbor in 1974.”
For this New York City boy, there is nothing like a New York City bagel. “It’s all about the water. New York has great water.”
And Jack gets his kosher water bagels from Davidovich Bakery in the city.
“They boil them and freeze them and I bake them,” he said. “We do small batch baking so the bagels are always fresh. We do six to 10 bagels per flavor at a time; it takes just four to six minutes to bake them. So when you come in at 9 a.m., you get a fresh bagel; when you come in at 1 p.m., you get a fresh bagel. It’s how we roll.”
Jack’s offers 22 kinds of bagels including the popular gluten-free bagel and bialys. From cinnamon raisin to Asiago cheese to whole wheat everything and French toast – kids love the rainbow colored bagel.
“Our bagel is a kosher (unleavened) bagel; it’s not a bread bagel like you would get in the supermarket. We also sell a lot of fresh lox; we go through a lox board every three days.
“Everything is fresh, there are no preservatives in our bagels. We also bake and sell 7-inch seeded Italian bread. And we are not just bagels, we’re a deli! We make a full line of deli sandwiches, hot and cold, and we have a full line of catering, hot and cold.”
Since opening on Dec. 27, 2015, Jack’s has done a lot of breakfast catering for teachers meetings, office meetings, and sports teams that go on the road.
“We also make bagel chips so nothing is wasted.”
Jack’s donates the chips to the Little Egg Harbor Community Center for the kids who enjoy Friday night recreation. “We donated three cases, and they ate every one!”
Besides being a bagel and deli owner, Reilly has been in the landscaping, pool service and construction business for 18 years. Being his own contractor allows him to think big about expanding the bagel and deli business.
Reilly is projecting to open seven more stores, he said. “The next one is in Beach Haven, and we hope to have it open by Memorial Day. Then next year we plan on Lavallette and Seaside Heights.
“Every time someone comes in the store and says, ‘Oh my God, I haven’t had a real New York City bagel in ages,’ I know we are here to stay.”
Jack’s N.Y.C. Bagel and Deli is located at 630 West Main St., telephone 609-296-2761.
— Pat Johnson