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Yonah Schimmel's Knishes Bakery

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137 E Houston St, New York City, NY 10002-1027
(212) 477-2858
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9:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri - Sun 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Coffee & Tea, Lunch

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  • 56
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  • 35
    Very good
  • 12
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  • 7
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  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Never had a knish before

Never had a knish before and now we have: they are delicious! We had both sweet and savory ones and both were good. They are solid and filling. It's just a good thing we don't live nearby or we's be big as boats.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 6, 2015
James B
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Lovingston
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
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San Rafael, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

This was my first knish and I loved it. My jewish husband said they were as good as his grandmother's. Don't expect any ambiance. It's just about the food although the walls are covered with historical photos and bits of info.

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Lovingston
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37 reviews 37 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Never had a knish before and now we have: they are delicious! We had both sweet and savory ones and both were good. They are solid and filling. It's just a good thing we don't live nearby or we's be big as boats.

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Los Angeles, California
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158 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Meh is the only way to describe the knishes at Yonah Schimmel's. They are nothing like the great knishes my grandmother used to make. These taste like doughy blobs of potato. If you want a great knish visit Zabar's.

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Staten Island
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23 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

We New Yorkers know knishes. Civic fervor aside, most people who visit New York (not everyone but most) recognize the basic food-truck knish as THE New York knish. And with good reason, the ubiquitous potato knish is everywhere most tourists venture. Go to the lower east side, visit Yonah Schimmel's and know knishes. It' has a small dining area, simple... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Finally got to try these famous knishes while visiting NYC and it was a success. I happened to go on a terribly rainy day but totally worth it since I was staying close by. I walked right past it as it has a small store front, but quickly found it once I looked around. Let me start off by saying... More 

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Denver, CO
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51 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Simple concept - baked potato in a thin layer of dough plus a little mustard. Wow - the knishes at Yonah Schimmel's were yummy!

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New York, NY
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201 restaurant reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

It's been here forever and I am not sure it ever has changed -- that's a good thing! Nice to find a place that respects tradition --- and if you want to savor a potato knish, this is the place to go! I took two friends visiting from Argentina --- a totally new experience for both of them; they are... More 

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Lutherville, MD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Storefront that is pretty shabby, small seating area that hasn't been updated in years but the best knish I've ever had. We visit here almost every visit to NYC. Crust is very tender fillings flavorful. This trip we tried the cherry cream cheese knish for the first time. It was great. My will power melted away and I took a... More 

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Kingston, New York
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

wow! A tiny place and I doubt anything has changed in there the entire time they have been in business. I found that part of the charm. The man working was patient with us and informative when we asked questions about the different types of knishes he had. I ended up getting a red cabbage one that he described as... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Scruffy little place that probably hasn't changed much in 80 years. If you want a taste of old New York this is the real thing - which means it is interesting historically but not gastronomically. Cheap Eastern European snack based around a dough outer shell filled with potato. For $3.5 it's filling. Take your children once to show them that... More 

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Restaurant Details

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
  • Neighborhood: Manhattan
  • Phone Number: (212) 477-2858

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: Bakeries

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 11:00 pm

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