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Yonah Schimmel Knishery

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137 E. Houston St., New York, NY 10002 40.723271 -73.990153
nr. First Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-477-2858 Send to Phone

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  • Price Range: ($$) Mid-Range
  • Type: Gourmet Marketplace
  • Products & Services: Bagels/Donuts, Gourmet Shops/Produce
Photo by Lauren Klain Carton

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Sun-Thu, 9am-7pm; Fri-Sat, 9am-10pm

Nearby Subway Stops

F at Second Ave.

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Product Guide


  • Bagels/Donuts
  • Gourmet Shops/Produce


Yonah Schimmel was an immigrant rabbi who sold his wares from a Lower East Side pushcart before opening this modest spot in 1910. From all appearances, not much has changed since then. Still run by his family, the shop turns out soft, handmade knishes that continue to be cooked in the basement brick oven; a dumbwaiter transports the fresh-baked mounds to the shabbily-nostalgic dining room. Noshers can choose from eight savory potato blends, Eastern-European standards kasha and cabbage, new world innovations like mixed-veggie and broccoli. Five sweet-cheese mixes like blueberry and apple are wrapped in the yeasty dough, as well as bagels, kugel, latkes, and a hefty bowl of borscht. Many movie-goers love the knishery's proximity to the Landmark Sunshine Theater, so much so that they'll forgo Sno-Caps for fist-sized treats to go. Yet there’s definitely an advantage to staying and truly experiencing a relic of the neighborhood's rapidly-vanishing Jewish past.

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