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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 - 7:00 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
An iconic establishment on the Lower East Side

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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New York, NY
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277 reviews 277 reviews
188 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

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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64 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

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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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 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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273 restaurant reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
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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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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