Bakeries >Yonah Schimmel's Knishes Bkry
137 E Houston St, New York, NY | Directions 1000240.723217 -73.990139
Sun-Thurs 9 am-7 pm, Fri-Sat 9 am-8 pm
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Lower East Side, Bowery
You haven't truly explored downtown until you eat a knish (or five) at this veritable NYC institution. For a mere $1.50 extra, add coleslaw and pickles to the knish of your choice (I prefer sweet potato).
I want to report the horrible experience while visiting the Knish Bakery (137 East Houston St) in New York City...
It was on Nov 5, 2013 (Tuesday), between 5 and 6 p.m. ; we (myself and the friend of mine) had ordered 2 hot knishes : the Vegetable one and the Broccoli one, along with a bottle of Lemon Tea (altogether for $8.75); we were sitting at the very first table, and there were no other customers inside.
One of the knishes tasted terrible, and was cold, but we decided not to complain...
The real ordeal started very soon after we had left : all the way home to Brooklyn, both of us
had experienced the strong burning sensation in the stomach... And I felt nauseous and dizzy
(it was not very pleasant to drive a car in this condition)...
Soon after arriving home, I was vomiting non-stop, and had developed severe diarrhea ...
The friend of mine reported the similar symptoms (along with chills and fever) ; our condition had improved only 4 days later.
It looks to me like the obvious case of food poisoning.
I can hardly imagine the suffering of the endless tourists, who visit your place...
Excellent Knishes in a historical bakery – Thanks to Taste of LES, I would probably have skipped this establishment the whole time I live in Manhattan. My boyfriend and I got to try the mushroom and spinach knishes. This is actually the first time I have a knish. It kind of tastes like baked potato but a lot softer and doughy.
I really like it and they surely are very filling. The lady behind the counter was very friendly and nice.
The downside of the place is it is freaking hot! I can't even stand inside waiting for my order because there was no AC and the big fan inside didn't do much for us.
An authentic knishperience – When a place can stand on the merits and strengths of its product alone, doing away with other trappings of the industry, one can be almost certain that the said product is quality.
And so it is at this iconic knishery. Though the interior of the restaurant is thin and sparse, save rows of rave newspaper reviews plastered to the walls, the knishes are anything but. Hot and fluffy, with a flaky pastry exterior, my spinach and potato knish melted in my mouth and instantly became my new favorite comfort food. Perfectly paired with a crisp pickle and fine cole slaw, the knish nearly transported me back to bustling early twentieth century lower east side Manhattan, when places like Schimmel’s populated the streets and Yiddish flowed out the mouths of patrons as knishes and the like flowed in.
Though I felt a bit let down that they were out of both latkes and rugelach when I ordered them, my disappointment was assuaged when I received a goodbye pickle to pick up my spirits. As a sign at the entrance proclaims, “ One World, One Taste, One Knish.” Indeed.
Unbelievable! So good it's addictive! – I hadn't been here in a while - and boy am I sorry that i had been "away." The knoshes are as good as ever and it seems like they are alwaysadding more varieties. I love the traditional potato, but you have to taste the cheese and blueberry... worth the trip the the lower east side....
THE BEST ! – I stopped in for a late lunch, was greeted in a pleasant manner, orered my knish and was served the best tasting knish I ever had. The aroma, the texture and the flavor combine to make the food a gift to the senses.
A little small talk and a review if the news articles on the walls made my lunch a pleasant experience.
Will tell everyone and will definitely return! Thank you.
I can also Overnight Ship my favorites to my family out of town!
Still the best!!! – We are ex-NYers, now living in CA and we were in the "city" and took a nostalgic trip to the lower East Side. Yonah Schimmel has always been the best knishes and still is. The review that found the people offensive were mistaken. While we there, we had a lovely chat with the owners about life in NY, how things have changed and we talked about how they came from Russia, etc, etc. They couldn't have been more pleasant. And I also used their facilities (that part is not so pleasant :)).
World's Best Knishes – Yonah Schimmel's is a New York icon. The knishes have remained consistent and true to their old world recipe despite today's widespread usage of unnatural ingredients. It is a wholesome delicious treat that everyone should enjoy at least once. But I warn you, once you try it, you'll be hooked.
Knish Champions Of The World – A great little hole in the wall bakery on Houston just a few blocks west of Katz's. After a sandwich at Katz's, stop off here on the way back to the subway and get a knish. None better anywhere. Guaranteed. Get it to go warm too. Many choice of fillings including spinach, red cabbage, and even fruit fillings like cinammon apple or walnut raison. Enjoy!
For a meal or for dessert, you're bound to find a knish to your liking at this Lower East Side classic . – In Short
In 1910, a struggling young Bulgarian rabbi by the name of Yonah Schimmel opened this humble knish shop. Nearly a century later, his family still turns out some of the city's most beloved baked goods. The soft ball-sized knishes, filled with everything from potato to cheese-and-fruit mixtures, are all-natural, hand-shaped, and baked in old-fashioned brick ovens. Most get theirs to go, but there are a few tables and chairs for sampling the simple deli fare.
Knifty Knishes – Wow! I was passing by and had to stop in. Delish knish and great service. She treated me very nicely. Now I found a new favorite place to nosh.
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