Yonah Schimmel Knish Bakery

Restaurants, Bakeries Lower East Side
5 out of 5 stars
(2user reviews)
Yonah Schimmel Knish Bakery
Photograph: Filip Wolak

Born from the namesake of a Romanian immigrant's pushcart in 1890; the soft, house-made knishes at this time-honored LES favorite, baked in a basement brick oven and hoisted upstairs via dumbwaiter, are a taste of bygone New York. The old-world nosh, a thin dough shell filled with potato, comes savory (kasha, red cabbage) or sweet (blueberry, chocolate) or filled with cheese. Make it a meal with a pickle and coleslaw, and wash it all down with a fizzy cherry-lime rickey.


Venue name: Yonah Schimmel Knish Bakery
Address: 137 E Houston St
New York
Cross street: between Eldridge and Forsyth Sts
Transport: Subway: F to 2 Av
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4.5 / 5

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Just discovered this delightful old fashioned eatery today! I've never had such delicious knishes before. The decor is not much, but it is clean. But the knishes - OMG!!!! The crispy thin skin of dough around mine was just meant to hold in the filling. It was a cheese and cherries and it was all about the filling! Creamy cheese, and sweet cherries in just the right proportion. My husband's red cabbage knish was a huge and tasty combination of mashed potatoes and red cabbage, browned to perfection. Don't expect much except great knishes! But those really deliver.


I maybe once have dined here (the appearance, décor, service, cleanliness and overall atmosphere are more of like a '2') - but really some of the best knishes ever. No exaggeration - these are not your typical food cart square blobs of maybe potato, these are wide selection of every flavor you could ask for and the most delicious, filling, and inexpensive delicacies you could ask for. Staff is friendly and efficient, and will have you packed up and ready to go before you know it. There is a full menu, and it is quite good, but the name says it all - the knishes are the stand out star.