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Yonah Schimmel's Knishes Bakery

137 E Houston St, New York City, NY 10002-1027
+1 212-477-2858
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good32%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“potato knish” (20 reviews)
“knishes” (112 reviews)
“potatoes” (40 reviews)
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Eastern European, Kosher
137 E Houston St, New York City, NY 10002-1027
Neighbourhood: Manhattan
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This lower east side institution is famous for its knishes -- which if you haven't had one is a kind of potato pastry and a Jewish delicacy. Walking in you can definitely see glimpses of the bakery's past (this place dates to 1910). Of course...More

Thank Heidi D
Reviewed 9 April 2017

Best (only) knish bakery I have ever visited. My spinach knish was excellent, creamy, nicely spiced. Many steps up from those nasty square knishes you find at some restaurants and street carts.

Thank Daverasta
Reviewed 3 April 2017

As a native New Yorker, I always wanted to try a knish from this famous place. Glad we did but will probably not return. The potato knish was good and the kasha knish had too much potato and not enough kasha. Our local deli does...More

Thank shapgo
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

Been eating here for decades. Moved out of state 25 years ago and we always grab knights to take home on visits to The City. They figured out how to make a perfect potato knish generations ago, and the soft, smooth, creamy taste is always...More

Thank Philip-USA
Reviewed 12 March 2017

Lower East Side food institution with big lineups that are worth the wait for large, delicious knishes that are crowd pleasers.

Thank Hilary0169
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

A throw back in time, a fast place to dine. If simple and authentic is the order of the day and this is the place to find traditional Eastern European potato food. Very old-school, simple and without any effort authentic. Old-school.

Thank WylieTraveler
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Okay, Mr. Schimmel is long gone, and these are basically baked potatoes, but for anyone who has ever wondered what "ground zero" of Knishes is like, this is the place. Real history here. Over a century of layers of paint on the walls; a New...More

Thank JoJoBoHo5656
Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

Since the food tour was booked, we decided to do our own. Very old place with a hundred years of paint on the bakery case. Get a Knish, you can get a bagel anywhere!

Thank BethlehemPaUSA
Reviewed 17 January 2017

These are knishes... (not the factory made knockoffs at many other places) One of the only restaurants that specialize in knishes, Yonah Schimmels is a blast from the past... the only problem is deciding which one to get! Dessert /cheese knishes include a chocolate-cheese treat......More

Thank Art K
Reviewed 9 January 2017

One of the must stops on any eating tour of New York. The great debate is whether or not to stop but how many knishes and what kind to bring home. The kasha is my favorite, but they are all great.

Thank Pennman79
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Patty B
Do you have gluten-free options?
17 November 2015|
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Response from Bruce G | Reviewed this property |
A knish is basically a ball of mashed potatoes surrounded by a thin layer of dough. It can be baked or fried with different vegetables mixed into the filling. Knishes gained popularity with immigrants in New York as a... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Delivery
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 19:00
09:00 - 19:00
09:00 - 19:00
09:00 - 19:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 137 E Houston St, New York City, NY 10002-1027
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Manhattan
  • Neighbourhood: Manhattan
  • Phone Number: +1 212-477-2858
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