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Yonah Schimmel's Knishes Bakery

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2019 Winner

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$21 - $30

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$21 - $30
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Kosher
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Eastern European
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
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Reviewed May 15, 2019

i saw this place and wasn't sure .My wife and I stopped in late and enjoyed a potato knish old Jewish favorite. All old stuff even ten coats of paint on the pipes. Many entertainers scribbled on the walls ,pictures, etc. Old Jewish traditional food.

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank Richard M
Reviewed April 9, 2019

we found this delightful establishment while on a walking food tour (also highly recommended). We enjoyed our knishes so much we made a second subway journey back to the lower east side to get more knishes. Delicious!!

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank daniclipp
Reviewed March 16, 2019 via mobile

We visited here while following a walking food tour of the Lower East Side. Hands down, everyone in my family voted this our favorite stop! The potato knish was perfectly seasoned and to die for. The Blueberry and cheese knish was just the right about...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank JHeston72
Reviewed March 14, 2019

They have been there forever. A staple from when I lived in NYC 20 years ago. The cherry knish is to die for and the egg cream is a legit NYC classic made with proper seltzer. My husband had the mushroom knish and loved it....More

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed February 12, 2019 via mobile

The knishes as this place are huge. When you lift the knish it is very heavy but once you eat it with deli mustard, of course, they melt in your mouth. Dr. Browns soda is a must with the knish.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank TravelDrinkEat1122
Reviewed February 1, 2019

I used to come to Yonah Shimmel's as a kid with my family and sometimes with my extended family. Decades later, I got to come back, and it was everything I remembered. The knishes are magnificent whether you go for the sweet (cherry cheese) or...More

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank Hedgie H
Reviewed January 30, 2019

This is a place for a very good knish, but also a trip back in time. The competition was once hot and heavy in this part of NYC, but this is the last man standing. The sagging, wood and glass counter with many a coat...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank sleepster
Reviewed January 26, 2019

It's all about the knish. I have never had one before, and I was sent to Jonah's by a friend. There's no pretentiousness about this down to earth hole in the wall that probably hasn't changed or had a revamp since it opened, which is...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank meganshead
Reviewed January 1, 2019 via mobile

This place is wonderful. We walked past it several times on the way to the way too crowded Katz’s deli and Russ & Daughters, both of which have huge lines outside of questionable deservedness. Yonah S never seemed to be full, and when we walked...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Londoners_Abroad2013
Reviewed December 24, 2018

but you knew that when you walked in the door...but it's classic NYC LES, and, by the way, the knishes are superb...enough for a meal...whether it's the chocolate ones or the fruit ones, or the veggie ones...

Date of visit: December 2018
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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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Patty B
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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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