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Yonah Schimmel's Knishes Bakery

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East Village
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137 E Houston St, New York City, NY 10002-1027
+1 212-477-2858
09:00 - 23:00
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Mon - Thu 09:00 - 19:00
Fri - Sun 09:00 - 23:00
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Lambertville, New Jersey
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475 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 193 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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 in 1910 they likely did not have a jalapeno knish, as they do today (and... More 

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Federal Way, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
Hartsdale, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 232 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 better. It is a shame that the Carnegie Deli closed because they had the best... More 

Thank shapgo
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 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 the same. I will say I've tried several of their other styles over the years,... More 

Thank Philip-USA
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 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
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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
Ridgway, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 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 York authentic experience. Take some home to warm up with Matzoh ball soup.

Thank JoJoBoHo5656
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 12 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
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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... as well as fruit varieties.. There are lots of savory knishes as well from the... More 

Thank Art K
East Brunswick, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Eastern European, Kosher
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Delivery
Good for
Cheap Eats, 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>  > East Village
  • Neighbourhood: East Village
  • Phone Number: +1 212-477-2858

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