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Yonah Schimmel's Knishes Bakery

Certificate of Excellence
East Village
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137 E Houston St, New York City, NY 10002-1027
+1 212-477-2858
09:00 - 19:00
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Mon - Thu 09:00 - 19:00
Fri - Sun 09:00 - 23:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Been eating here for decades. Moved out of state 25 years ago and we always grab knights to take home on visits to The City. They figured out how to make a perfect potato knish generations ago, and the soft, smooth, creamy taste is always the same. I will say I've tried several of their other styles over the years,... More 

Thank Philip-USA
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lower East Side food institution with big lineups that are worth the wait for large, delicious knishes that are crowd pleasers.

Thank Hilary0169
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A throw back in time, a fast place to dine. If simple and authentic is the order of the day and this is the place to find traditional Eastern European potato food. Very old-school, simple and without any effort authentic. Old-school.

Thank WylieTraveler
Ridgway, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Okay, Mr. Schimmel is long gone, and these are basically baked potatoes, but for anyone who has ever wondered what "ground zero" of Knishes is like, this is the place. Real history here. Over a century of layers of paint on the walls; a New York authentic experience. Take some home to warm up with Matzoh ball soup.

Thank JoJoBoHo5656
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

Since the food tour was booked, we decided to do our own. Very old place with a hundred years of paint on the bakery case. Get a Knish, you can get a bagel anywhere!

Thank BethlehemPaUSA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

These are knishes... (not the factory made knockoffs at many other places) One of the only restaurants that specialize in knishes, Yonah Schimmels is a blast from the past... the only problem is deciding which one to get! Dessert /cheese knishes include a chocolate-cheese treat... as well as fruit varieties.. There are lots of savory knishes as well from the... More 

Thank Art K
East Brunswick, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

One of the must stops on any eating tour of New York. The great debate is whether or not to stop but how many knishes and what kind to bring home. The kasha is my favorite, but they are all great.

Thank Pennman79
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

it's entirely possible to walk by Schimmel's and dismiss it for another local Jewish deli, but you would only partially and slightly correct. Schimmel's has been around since 1910 but that is still not the only reason to go there. The knishes are, in fact, the best in town. Their simplicity, consistency, texture, and flavor are truly unique. Sweet or... More 

Thank LeoNYtravel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

What kind of person goes to NYC and doesn't have a knish or two? This is the most authentic remnant of the Jewish Lower East Side remaining. Simple Eastern European dish brought to perfection in NY. Have a Kasha (Buckwheat) knish with mustard and a blueberry cheese knish for desert. And if they have the mushroom barley soup, don't miss... More 

Thank MichaelB_TA
Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016 via mobile

We just happened upon this place as we were exploring the neighbourood. Glad we did....not only was the apple and cheese knish incredible tasting it was fresh and served by the nicest man ever. It was the best thing we ate on this trip to NY....I will remember it always! I know that is a lot of praise for a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 21 - USD 30
Eastern European, Kosher
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Delivery
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 19:00
09:00 - 19:00
09:00 - 19:00
09:00 - 19:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
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
  • Neighbourhood: East Village
  • Phone Number: +1 212-477-2858

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