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Aug 21, 2006 10:02 PM

Best knish in Manhattan, 2006

If a friend were coming in from out of town and you wanted to turn him/her on to a classic NYC knish, where would you go (in Manhattan)? I know this has been hashed out before, but an update seems in order since the NYC knish scene is in quite a state of flux in recent years. I live a little ways upstate and don't get into the city often enough to be really up on what's going on.

FWIW, my first instinct would be to head for Schimmel's if only for the historical value. (Knishes were decent there last time I visited, but not transcendent).

Actually, I'm interested in the current state of knish-kind in the outer boroughs as well, if only for my own reference. (I doubt I'd succeed in dragging any visitors out to Brooklyn, Queens or wherever).

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  1. i was recently at Schimmels and I loved it.

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    1. re: yalechk

      I just had a Yonah Shimmel kasha knish today. In a word "disgusting", threw it out.

      1. re: yalechk

        Hi, there. I'm a reporter at Time Out, and I'd love to chat with you as soon as possible; I'm looking for Yonah Schimmel fans! Pleas try me at if you're interested in being interviewed & possibly photographed for a story. Free knishes will be involved! Thanks!

      2. my sister and brother-in-law (who grew up in L.I.)were here visiting from the bay area last week where they have lived for the last 3o something brother-in-law is trying to convince me to fed-ex him kasha knishes from artie's on the upper west side..not a place i ordinarily would have gone into but hey they wanted a quick bite before leaving for the airport and they were staying around the corner...he loves the knishes from yonnah schimmel but seems to be beside himself over these and everything else he ate there..he has called several times and suggests having with a fried egg for breakfast...artie's is @ 85th(?) and broadway...might have to send some so he will leave me alone..

        1. I had the most amazing Kasha knish at Katz's. Cannot vouch for anything but the Kasha there.

          1. I agree with the OP on Yonah Schimmel (not worth a detour), and have little use for Artie's except for their excellent franks.

            I'd certainly go with Katz's for pastrami, but think that Carnegie Deli has a better kasha knish (I have nothing to say on potato); that said, my favorite kasha knish in the metro area is Hobby's Deli in downtown Newark.

            1. I went to the Carnegie for a tongue sandwich to go with a potato kinish. They packed a turkey sandwich by mistake. I called them from home and they said come back when I can and they will give me a tongue sandwich. So, I ate the kinish and it was sour. I threw it out. The next week I came back for the tougue sandwich and bought another kinish. That kinish was ok but not great.