Select Page

Yonah Schimmel's Knishes Bakery

About this listing

Where a variety of knishes are baked from scratch daily

Place Details

Borough : Manhattan
Neighborhood : Lower East Side
Commercial, Shopping

Place Matters Profile

Knish is a Yiddish word for dumpling. Yonah Schimmel—his wife invented the knish,” says Ellen Anistratov, sixth-generation owner of Yonah Schimmel’s, the Lower East Side’s original family-run knish bakery. “This is the first knishery that came to the United States. So you can make whatever you want and call it whatever you want. But it doesn’t make it original. They make those square, fried knishes? The ones that are like a meat patty, you know? That’s not a knish. So, I always tell people, if you haven’t tried Yonah Schimmel’s, you haven’t really had a knish.”

Apocryphal or not, the Schimmels are credited with introducing the American public to the true, pure form of the now-ubiquitous Jewish dumpling. Yonah and his wife came to the United States from Romania in 1890, when the Lower East Side was stronghold for the recently-arrived Eastern European Jewish community. Schimmel was a Torah scholar...

Read More

On The Web

The Knishery at the Yonah Schimmel Knish Bakery


Ruth Kalin

An old-time Jewish knish bakery, Yonah Schimmel's reminds us of a different era.

Website :

Share This Listing

Place Matters is a project of:
Place Matters c/o City Lore
56 E. First Street
New York, NY 10003
© Place Matters. All Rights Reserved.
Website by Echo