Yonah Schimmel Knishes

The Oldest Knishery in America
Yonah Schimmel Knishes
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Before my first knish at Yonah Schimmel Knish, it's safe to say I was no expert in knishes! Top these with a bit of mustard and you might as well have a full meal in front of you. After tasting each flavor, you can't go wrong with any choice. Nothing beats the oldest knishery in America!!
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Without a physical storefront, Romanian immigrant Yonah Schimmel first sold his knishes using a pushcart around the Lower East Side. As business grew, he established his bakery on Houston Street in the 1890s. Yonah Schimmel Knishes has since been a neighborhood fixture, even despite the continuous changes on the Lower East Side over the decades. Today, Yonah Schimmel’s still makes knishes the traditional way—hand wrapping a filling of potatoes or kasha (buckwheat grain) with a thin layer of dough before sending it to the oven to bake. On top of the traditional potato and kasha knishes, they have also added modern flavors—sweet potatoes, mushrooms, broccoli, jalepenos, and even sweet cheese ones!

We're not the only ones who love them!

Yonah Schimmel’s Knishes has been featured on Eater, New York Magazine, Chowhound, New York Observer, Time Out and Thrillist. It also appeared in Woody Allen’s film “Whatever Works” and Hedy Pagremanski’s painting at the Museum of the City of New York.

Yonah Schimmel Knishes

The Oldest Knishery in America

Without a physical storefront, Romanian immigrant Yonah Schimmel first sold his knishes using a pushcart around the Lower East Side. As business grew, he established his bakery on Houston Street in the 1890s. Yonah Schimmel Knishes has since been a neighborhood fixture, even despite the continuous changes on the Lower East Side over the decades. Today, Yonah Schimmel’s still makes knishes the traditional way—hand wrapping a filling of potatoes or kasha (buckwheat grain) with a thin layer of dough before sending it to the oven to bake. On top of the traditional potato and kasha knishes, they have also added modern flavors—sweet potatoes, mushrooms, broccoli, jalepenos, and even sweet cheese ones!

We're not the only ones who love them!

Yonah Schimmel’s Knishes has been featured on Eater, New York Magazine, Chowhound, New York Observer, Time Out and Thrillist. It also appeared in Woody Allen’s film “Whatever Works” and Hedy Pagremanski’s painting at the Museum of the City of New York.