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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
+1 212-477-2858
9:00 am - 7:00 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is not a super fancy place. A simple storefront bakery with a few long tables to eat in. But the food is FANTASTIC! They have both savory and sweet knisches for both tastes, potatoes lahtkes, bagels soup etc. Nothing fancy, but some of the best Jewish (Yiddish?) food you will ever eat. The staff are friendly and will tell... More 

Thank Joe S
Peaks Island, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The place sets the standard for what a fine knish should be -- if mixing the terms "fine" and "knish" is not a contradiction. A knish, after all, is big, heavy, starchy -- not a "lite" item for new age dieters. But if you're going to nosh on a knish, this is the place to do it. I'm sure that... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

1960's? not sure, but it might be the last time this place had a make-over. In saying that it was a terrific step back into another time away from the hustle and bustle. We were the only two eating in for most of the time and so we were able to really take in the decaying ambience and read the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First time we'd tried this food, tasted good, lots of varieties to choose from. Worth sharing if you're not sure at first, but they are very nice

Thank bowlerbird
North Dakota
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016 via mobile

Came here just for a NY knosh, had no other reason to be in this part of NY, but was looking forward to the best knosh in the city based upon the hype. They were out of borscht. They were out of apple strudel. The potato knish itself was good. Not extraordinary . Ordered the platter, which came with a... More 

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Las Vegas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

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.

Thank Las-Vegas-Family
Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

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 September 26, 2016

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 September 18, 2016

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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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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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
Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget
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: +1 212-477-2858

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