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Yonah Schimmel's Knishes Bakery

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East Village
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137 E Houston St, New York City, NY 10002-1027
(212) 477-2858
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Mon - Thu 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri - Sun 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Las Vegas
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Went here because my 88 year old father who grew up in the area was a regular here 80 years ago and told me it was a MUST visit. We enjoyed the classic potato knish and even had them ship some to my father. The shipped knishes arrived on time and in good condition.

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Even though this is a very small place it will leave you in awe. I have always heard about it but this was my first time. I have never seen such a big knish in my life. it was piping hot and absolutely delicious. They have many varieties but my bf and I chose potato. It really was tasty. You... More 

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Sutton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had never heard of a knish before, we came as part of a Lower East Side walking tour with "Free tours by foot". Unfortunately this was only a short visit but we will be back. Half a knish each was enough for us, they are wonderful but should come with a health warning!

Thank andyjansy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The knishes are legendary--we happened upon the place last year and gorged ourselves. This year was no different. We had a blueberry and cherry knish and they were to die for. No low fat ingredients used so go running in the morning. Our only disappointment was that the proprietor and his wife had taken the day off--they are definitely part... More 

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United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

Schimmel’s Knish Bakery was on a food tour. I’d no idea what a knish was let alone having tried one so this was a voyage of discovery. I understand you can cook them a number of ways but mine, a potato one, was definitely baked. Needed a little mustard to spice it up. My verdict is probably that I’ll not... More 

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Kiev, Ukraine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

There are many places in NYC I love, but this bakery is in my top-10. The owner of the bakery sells you knishes and other very tasty food on his own, and general atmosphere is so unbeleivably old, in good meaning. I especially love sweet knishes with cheese, and looking forward to coming here again!

Thank Alla M
Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

Best Knishes in the world. Legendary. Ephemeral. Delicious. Classic lower East Side fare with a wonderful success story that is the taste of the American Dream.

Thank shayshay321
New York City, New York
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016

Today's carb free mentality is a healthy lifestyle for modern New Yorkers but it should never be a hesitation when sporadically given the opportunity to indulge into an exquisite mouthwatering Knish from Yonah Schimmel's Knishery which is a treasure located in the heart of the lower east side. Never being a big fan of potatoes myself nor of a typical... More 

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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

This is one of the things that if it closed would be one of the reasons this native nyer would leave town. Borscht is great too. No trip to NY would be complete with out it.

Thank nickwheeler69
Moab, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

I have never had a knish before. I have only tried the potato one, even though I was warned that was heavy to eat. But it was so delicious! We went home after ordering to eat. The outside was more like a dumpling than bread because it was super soft. The inside was like mashed dutch oven potatoes. It was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$21 - $30
Eastern European, Kosher
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Delivery
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 137 E Houston St, New York City, NY 10002-1027
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > East Village
  • Neighborhood: East Village
  • Phone Number: (212) 477-2858

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