1347 Boston Post Rd, Madison CT 06443 - (203) 318-5090

Cohen's Bagel Company opened its doors in Madison, Connecticut in June 2003 after a disappointing search for a good bagel. We moved to the area in 2001 falling in love with the quaint town, friendly folks and beautiful beaches. But one thing was missing from our new home. As much as we searched for our staple breakfast, a bagel with cream cheese, we continued to come up empty. Something had to be done, our hunger had to be satisfied and so, the Cohen's concept was born.

the Store
(Photo by TakeAIM Photography)

Hailing originally from Bronx and Westchester Counties in New York, we thought we knew a thing or two about bagels. With a lot of determination and a lot of help behind us, we came up with a terrific recipe, a great store location and hardworking team of people.

At Cohen's, we take pride in our products using only the finest ingredients to create our baked goods, sandwiches and salads. All breads, bagels and pastries are baked on-site daily. Cohen's Bagel Company provides a wide range of services including casual catering, corporate breakfasts and lunches, eat-in or take-out dining. Other than our now famous bagels, Cohen's Bagel Company offers a menu including fresh-baked breads, specialty sandwiches, smoothies, soups, salads, gourmet coffees and espresso.

Rob and Christine Cohen



History of the Bagel 101 - Survey 1683 to Present
According to legend the first bagels rolled into the world in 1683 when a Viennese baker wanted to pay tribute to Jan Sobieski, the King of Poland. King Jan had just saved the people of Austria from an onslaught of Turkish invaders. The King was a great horseman, and the baker decided to shape the yeast dough into an uneven circle resembling a stirrup (or 'beugal'). Other German variations of the word are: 'beigel', meaning ring, and 'bugel', meaning bracelet.
Thousands of Eastern European Jews immigrated to the United States. They brought with them a desire for bagels. Soon bagels became closely associated with New York and Chicago, both cities with large Jewish populations.
A union just for bagel bakers is formed, the International Bakers Union, joining together 300 bakers. Only sons and union members could be apprenticed to learn the secret bagel baking societies still exist, keeping the art alive. Cohen's Bagel Company claims no affiliation to any society...however there has been no official denial either. We can only speculate.
Bagels made their way into mainstream America, sold around the country in grocery stores and listed as standard items on fast food menus. However, the average bagel was still a long way from perfection!
On average, Americans were eating one bagel every two weeks! Gaining popularity, but obviously no one had found the perfect bagel yet!
Cohen's Bagel Company opened its doors in Madison, Connecticut serving unbelievable bagels and fresh-baked goods, sandwiches and salads. And don't forget the java - it'll wake you up!

Now, 320 years since its emergence,
Cohen's Bagel Company has finally perfected the bagel!

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