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Yonah Schimmel's Knishes Bakery

137 E Houston St, New York City, NY 10002-1027 (East Village)
(212) 477-2858
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Ranked #1,368 of 11,649 restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $30
Hours:
Mon - Thu 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri - Sun 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Bakery
Good for: Local cuisine
Neighborhood: East Village
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Good for: Local cuisine
Neighborhood: East Village
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Champaign
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

This is traditional Eastern European Jewish comfort food! We had the potato knish, apple knish, chocolate/cheese knish, latkes, and egg creams. Everything was great! Don't forget to put some brown mustard on the potato knish! The best part was the woman who owns it - what a character!

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Vancouver
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53 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Had to go in when we saw the sign and how long it had been in business. Would have liked to have seen Yonah or Mrs Shimmel behind the counter but it was still a pleasant young woman. Based on the size I split one giant(in my experience) potato knish. It was packed with nicely seasoned potato although I like... More

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

The bakery has been selling knishes from this site since 1890. I'd not heard of knishes but we were shown to the bakery as part of a tour. I was not disappointed! Although not a great lover of potatoes the flavour was delicious. I'd recommend anyone to head down to the bakery & sample them. I'll have a go at... More

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Frankfurt, Germany
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

If you're looking for an alternatiove for sandwiches and bagels, go for a knish here! You get them for $3.50 each, and one will fill you up if you're not very hungry. They were yummy and the place felt authentic.

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Bradford, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Fantastic little local bakery with a delicious range of take-out and eat-in tradition Jewish foods (we took out). There was a full range of knishes (stuffed dumplings) with all sorts of fillings so you should be able to find something you like. We ran into this place getting lost on our way elsewhere but I'm so glad we did cos... More

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liverpool england
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41 reviews 41 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This is the meeting point for the start of a local food tour. the knishes are tasty, varied and plentiful, possibly better to share one

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Prairie Village, Kansas
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59 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

I really wanted to try a traditional knish at a traditional place. I was very disappointed especially with the lady behind the counter. She was "snarky," as another person said in their review, and every bad stereotype of New Yorkers! I was very disappointed! The latke was gooey and greasy, very disappointing!

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New York City, New York
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381 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014 via mobile

This is an old established lower east side small place. They are known for their knishes. I had a potato knish and some of a kasha knish. These knishes are handmade and baked unlike some I have previously had. I also had an apple strudel. All delicious.

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Rochester, New York
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59 reviews 59 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

I was down in the city on business and had wanted to stop in to try a knish here after seeing the place on one of the food shows. It was during a holiday when I stopped in so the place was pretty dead and their menu was a bit limited. They didn't have any latkis at the time which... More

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Milan, Lombardia, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

First time eating a knish, I have been inspired by Woody Allen's movie in the title of this review: his character old Boris introduces this food to the young girl living with him, who never had one before. He says in the movie he doesn't care what's in them, he just likes them and that's enough. I do care: they... More

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