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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
Today
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
Good for:
Local cuisine

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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
Most recent review
Historic throwback

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 20, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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  • Local cuisine
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London, United Kingdom
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270 restaurant reviews
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

I was supposed to go to a walking tour that meets up there but ended up coming late so I missed it. Since I was already there, I thought I'd give the place a try. I ordered a cheese and chocolate knish and it was very good! The filling was very creamy, and has the right amount of sweetness. I... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

I had one as part of a food tour, and now this is part of my agenda whenever I'm in the city. Be adventurous and try a classic flavor- potato or sweet potato, but also one of the more different flavors- I had the apple one also, and it was great. There is room to sit down, so take the... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

This is one of last vestiges of the Lower east side that still operates. I shave been going to the"knish" bastion for almost 50 years. I have tried most of the varieties of knishes on the menu which is probably about 12-15 at various times. Although they are somewhat heavy to eat they bring back wonderful old memories. The original... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

I have been going to Yonah Schimmel's for years and have wanted to take my family there for as long as I can remember, but that dream did not come to fruition until this year. What can I say about Yonah Schimmel's knishes? I can say that they are, hands down, the best knish you will ever eat. I am... More 

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Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

The best knish--period! The taste, the size, the price, the perfect Knish ! Don't let the 100 year old looking store front scare you away. They provide table service for your hot knish and soda. I'm a traditionalist and eat potato but Yonah Schimmel's has a variety of flavors. At $3.75 each, take a half dozen to go like I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

Delicious knishes and reasonable prices. This place is an institution! If you're in the area you have to check them out. Try the cherry and cheese knishes! heaven!

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

What can you say about this institution! Took home 18 Latkes, must have weighed 10lb. Prices super reasonable and some of the Best in the city!

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Rancho Palos Verdes, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

There is nothing in the world like a Yonah Schimmel's knish. You have to go to experience and if you can't make it there then they can ship. My favorite is the sweet potato, my son's favorite is the plain, and my other son likes the spinach one. Sure, the place looks old but that simply adds to the magic... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

there is nothing like the originals and although there is no pizzazz like Russ and Daughters down the street, these people know their knishes. It is the very best, and great. Will transport you back to early 1900 Jewish life, and even if you are not Jewish and just an immigrant, this is the place to stop in. Can't get... 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: Bakery

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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