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anyone remember SHATZKIN'S knishes

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I have never been able to find any knishes CITYWIDE that come close to these in appearance/taste. Many moons ago when my grandparents took me to Coney Island my grandpa would get his knish at Jerry's on the boardwalk while my grandma would hold out for a Shatzkins potato knish--sometimes kasha--on Surf Ave. I used to be fascinated watching the women making the knishes in the open windows. Anybody know where a come-close facsimile exists? Supermarket frozen ok too as Shatzkins did this in later years. Thanks

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    mark grossman

    hate to disappoint but the state of the new york knish today is fairly pathetic and the quality you dream of died a long time ago. shatzkin's and most of the other great knish bakeries dont exist any more. mrs stahls and yonnah shimmels get UNenthusiastic reviews. maybe you should try making your own

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    1. re: mark grossman

      I do remember as a young person,in the 60's, walking past Nathans to Shatzkins. Yes it was a real knish with a relative thin dough. It was not a huge knish, but it was real potatoes with flavor.
      Yes a memory! The building has been torn down.
      June 2, 2004

      1. re: Ralph

        I remember and long for a good knish. Yonah Shimmel is a letdown. I found the potato dense and flavorless, and my favorite, kasha, tasted like dirt.

        Zabar's has packaged knishes but they pale compared to Jerry's, Mrs. Stahl's and Shatzkin's.

        1. re: Ian

          mmm mmmm I was a little kid when I had them I still remember walking to Brighton with my dad to have a Shatzkin's hotdog. That was also my favorite spot in Kings Plaza mall.
          I'd love to make them myself anyone have recipe? :)

          1. re: amy

            Buy the cookbook "New York Cookbook by Molly O'Neill. You will find a recipe for knishes and many other great recipes. Enjoy!

          2. re: Ian

            i remember shatzkin's and i also remember mrs. stahl's i remember shatzkin's when they were on the boardwalk on 32nd st. before they moved to surf ave. and a few years ago we went to brighton and brought back mrs. stahl's knishes, at that time they still were good-lived in brighton beach for a few years that is how i know of mrs. stahl's

            1. re: Ian

              I certainly remember Shatzkin's knishes. I have never found anything as good as they were. Mrs. Stahls, Yonah Shimmel, etc. all taste like cardboard. Only Shatzkin's were devine. Potato, especially the kasha, the pineapple-cheese, etc. etc. etc. I was a kid and remember them around 32nd Street on the Boardwalk and then they moved to that beautiful building on 22nd Street and the Boardwalk that is now for sale "as is" for 4.5 million dollars. I loved watching the ladies with their ample flailing arms (and wearing hair nets) make knishes out of mounds and mounds of potatoes and kasha. They moved so fast and were so serious. These memories are cherished, but I'd love a REAL Shatzkin's knish!

              1. re: Marcia

                Ok - it's not in NYC, and this post will probably vanish, but the best knishes in the metro area I've had in recent years are to be found at Hobby's Deli in downtown Newark. It's been a deli (under one name or another) for something like 90 years, and while the meat is good (not great, but good), the potato and especially the kasha knishes are outstanding. The kasha is grainy, not mushy, and the dough is flaky and tasty. If you're in Newark for some reason, it's well worth a stop.

                1. re: Marcia

                  My father was NYPD and some summers, he'd be posted down to Coney Island all summer long. He'd bring home Shatzkin's knishes -- to DIE for! We'd take the long train ride from Queens down to Coney once or twice each summer and he'd get us free rides from all the operators -- that was fantastic, but what I still want more than anything is a Shatzkin's knish, and to watch the old ladies (we had one who was our favorite) making them.

                2. re: Ian

                  I certainly remember Shatzkin's knishes. I have never found anything as good as they were. Mrs. Stahls, Yonah Shimmel, etc. all taste like cardboard. Only Shatzkin's were devine. Potato, especially the kasha, the pineapple-cheese, etc. etc. etc. I was a kid and remember them around 32nd Street on the Boardwalk and then they moved to that beautiful building on 22nd Street and the Boardwalk that is now for sale "as is" for 4.5 million dollars. I loved watching the ladies with their ample flailing arms (and wearing hair nets) make knishes out of mounds and mounds of potatoes and kasha. They moved so fast and were so serious. These memories are cherished, but I'd love a REAL Shatzkin's knish!

            2. Do I remember it! When everyone of our friends went to Nathan,s for franks, we use to go to Shatzkins down the block and eat a frank knish, a cherry knish and a potatoe knish. Then we would buy an assortment to take home. Alas, one day we came there and it was gone. Later, we found Mrs Stahls in Brighton Beach. Their knishes seemed as good. Happily, we went there, until today. It is now a pizza store with frozen commercial knishes. The end of an era.

              1. Do I remember it! When everyone of our friends went to Nathan,s for franks, we use to go to Shatzkins down the block and eat a frank knish, a cherry knish and a potatoe knish. Then we would buy an assortment to take home. Alas, one day we came there and it was gone. Later, we found Mrs Stahls in Brighton Beach. Their knishes seemed as good. Happily, we went there, until today. It is now a pizza store with frozen commercial knishes. The end of an era.

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                1. re: Harry

                  I remember Shatzkins , They were great until I got a little older and could not handle those Fried knishes
                  any more. So, I found a knish place in oceanside N.Y.
                  where they have a big factory , & a small retail outlet
                  at wholesale prices. They are baked , has a huge selection and are the best knishes. rugalach, & Blintzes in the world. Treat yourself. And let me know if you agree.

                  1. re: Len Model

                    Do you mean Knish Nosh? They're great.

                    1. re: Sally

                      no knish nosh is located in rego park, on queens boulevard. they are very good, and the potato is really a wonder (although purists might shun the meat knish, its pretty damn good as well). I can't say I've had a shatzkins, but I prefer these over yonah shimmels. location is on 67rd and Queens Blvd, phone number is 718.897.4456. they also have a website (http://www.knishnosh.com/) but don't let that deter you, they make these suckers in the back and are the best I've had.

                    2. re: Len Model

                      Ok so whats the phone number?

                      1. re: Len Model

                        I just came upon this posting. If this place still exists, can you post more detailed information, like the name of the business?
                        Thanks!

                    3. just talking about them with my husband-i remember when they were on 32nd st. on the boardwalk before they moved to surf avenue-wish i could find out if they still make them - haven't had a good knish since i moved here 24 yrs ago-there once was a place on coney island ave. near brighton beach called mrs. stahl's-mrs. stahl died and the family sold it, but the knishes were the same as i remembered when i lived in brighton-too me, coney island and brooklyn will always be as it was have a good weekend

                      1. I've been searching for shatzkin knishes myself. Sadly i found out that they no longer make them.I was told that it's a family receipe,& that the family won't divulge it.I wish they would put it on E-bay, because i would LOVE to buy the receipe.I'm of Italian background but i simply think they were the BEST knishes bar none..Until a few years ago i was able to purchase them in a deli in Kings plaza, located in Brooklyn
                        if ANYONE locates them PLEASE PLEASE!!!! E-MAIL ME BACK
                        signed... still drooling..

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                        1. re: Carl
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                          Donna (Thibodeau) Scheeler

                          I grew up in Coney; lived on W. 24th for over 30 yrs. My best friend's (Ann Goldfarb)mother was one of those women - "the behind-the-counter knish makers" for about 30+ years. A few times a week me & Ann hung around the shop and ate knishes until we "plotzed"! Also, one of the beach vendors used to carry brown, greasy shopping bags in each hand filled with Shatzkin's potatoe knishes for $.20 each (back in the 50's & 60's)He was the tannest man on earth! And, a little old man used to push a 3-drawer sheet-metal cart on wheels through the streets between W. 15th & W. 37th Streets in Coney Island, along Surf, Mermaid & Neptune Avenues, up & down each street twice a week selling Shatzkin's knishes to the locals. Ahhh, I can still smell them as I write this! I wish I had paid more attention when Ann's mother put those yummy knishes together from scratch....the only thing that stands out in my mind is the one ingredient that defined that flavor....pre-sauteed diced fresh onions - mingled with lumpy mashed potatoes and stuffed into a pocket of thin dough then curled edges about 1/2" thick and basted with butter before being roasted on a rotating, pre-salted "ferris wheel" oven. Then each knish was thrown into a sandwich sized open end wax-paper bag with serrated flaps. Have I clearly described the best knish you ever ate??? I hope the recipe didn't "die" with the Shatzkin name!

                          1. re: Donna (Thibodeau) Scheeler

                            I was a manger kings plaza /sheepshead bay stores

                            1. re: stusandel

                              What years did you work there??? I worked there from 1973 thru 78 or so...