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Yonah Schimmel's Knish Bakery

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Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2019 Winner

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Local cuisine, Bakeries, Eastern European, International, Healthy

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Yonah Schimmel has been serving knishes, kugel, latke as well as classic New York drinks like Egg Creams and Lime Rickeys since 1910. Located in the historic Lower East Side, Yonah Schimmel Knish Bakery is a slice of historic New York that’s becoming more and more rare.
$5 - $15
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Kosher
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Eastern European, International, Healthy
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You really fall back in time and feel the nostalgia when you sit and have a potato knish and egg cream soda here- its a must!

Date of visit: February 2020
Thank 364christinel
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This store on Houston St has been around since 1910. It is small and dingy BUT the knishes, which come with many different fillings are delicious. There is frequently a long line but worth it.

Date of visit: January 2020
Thank ISTDtraveler
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is no fancy place - and in fact it is a bit of a mess. But they have a wide range of traditional Jewish knishes that are as authentic as you can get.

Date of visit: January 2020
Thank 1111peterm
Reviewed November 22, 2019

The ultimate NY snack is a potato knish, shared with a friend. We had walked from the Whitney to the LES and decided it was time to rest our feet and feed our souls. My college roomie and I had a potato knish, some club...More

Date of visit: November 2019
Thank Jo B
Reviewed November 4, 2019

Traditional Jewish fayre as a handy pitstop in the Bowery district. I had never heard of a Knish, but was I glad we stopped at this cafe/restaurant after seeing them displayed in the window sparked our interest. We tried a Cherry and a Chocolate Knish,...More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed October 27, 2019 via mobile

This is a teeny tiny shop that has been around since 1910. What do they make? Only the finest traditional knish is a wicked amount of sweet and savoury flavours. Sit in one of the rickety chairs and have it warm or if you are...More

Date of visit: October 2019
1  Thank Joannasable
Reviewed October 21, 2019 via mobile

This place was recommended to me by quite a few people while I was visiting nyc. I have to say that it was Actually really pretty good but really was nothing special. It’s a hole in the wall type place not too far from the...More

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank MGonthego
Reviewed October 17, 2019

This is a little, old bakery and restaurant in the Lower East Side. If you are looking for great potato knish or many other varieties. I always pick up potato pancakes here for a friend back home. She says they are the best. Counter service...More

Date of visit: October 2019
Thank peggypauline505
Reviewed October 9, 2019

We started a walking food tour at Yonah's. The potato knish was fantastic. It was busy but the line moved quickly. The other food items also looked rather tasty. We look forward to going back and trying more of themj.

Date of visit: October 2019
Thank MB1769
Reviewed September 16, 2019

Happened upon this knishery on our way to Katz's Deli. Looped around after lunch to take some fresh knishes home. They offer a large variety of knishes, even vegan friendly. These are nothing like the square knishes that most people are aware of. We thoroughly...More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Bursting with an amazing array of sights, sounds, and
smells on every block, a visit to Chinatown feels like
entering a different world. It’s a colorful spectacle
that gets even more crowded on weekends, when families
stream in to enjoy huge dim sum feasts and to stock up
at the markets on Mott Street. To take a break from
the buzz, grab something sweet from one of the many
bakeries in the area and head to Columbus Park, where
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January 23, 2020|
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Response from bradlmarcus | Property representative |
Hey guys, I'm Yonah's social media manager. At this time, there are no gluten-free knishes. It's a priority and the staff and owners are working on it to make them as delicious as the ones the shop has been serving for... More
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November 17, 2015|
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Response from drevulphd | Reviewed this property |
A knish is basically a ball of mashed potatoes surrounded by a thin layer of dough. It can be baked or fried with different vegetables mixed into the filling. Knishes gained popularity with immigrants in New York as a... More
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