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Has anyone tried any of the new stuff at the expanded Knish Nosh? I passed by there last night (after eating at Mickey's) and noticed, among other things on the menu, "smoked brisket." Are we talking barbecue? (I'm still mourning their old neon sign.)

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  1. (Technically, aren't pastrami and Montreal smoked meat both smoked brisket too?)

    1. Usually. Pastrami can be made from Plate, too....

      1. What a corner it's shaping up to be...the expanded KNISH NOSH and ANDRE's Hungarian Bakery side-by-side!!! K.N. is apparently picking up an array of classic prepared items from the predecessor Lazar's.

        Last Friday's pre-Rosh Hashanah rush lines were out the door, but I managed to score a $6 combo potato knish (which I always ask for "off the rack" - they're the freshest, even if you're sacrificing a little heat), salty knish-dog which was excellent and a Dr. Brown Cel-Ray (so what else is new?).

        Over to Andre's, which was fresh out of apple strudel and those indescribable prune danishes, got raisin rugelach which are definitely holding onto quality.

        About that neon - I lamented this many moons ago on this Board, but if all has remained the same, one of the signs is still in the store's basement and yeah, should positively be replaced in its proper spot. Failing that, as I once suggested to ownership, donate the green glass beacon to the Queens Museum. Coincidentally, there's a Knish Nosh refreshment stand open on weekends in the museum cafeteria.

        1. Sorry I don't know this place but is it different from Knish Knosh, which I remember from 4th Ave and 13th St in Manhattan but I think was (is?) in Queens

          1. Same Knish Nosh...although they abandoned the Manhattan store awhile back and are under new ownership since about two years ago.

            Regrettably, no more liver knishes. These concentrated little bombs were a crown jewel in the KN empire.

            1. Yes, all of the above is true, but has anyone tried the KN "smoked brisket" and could you describe it for the board? I miss the liver knishes too, and think the sweet potato ones are vile.

              1. It occurred to me that if KN is serving all sorts of meaty stuff, why on earth wouldn't they just try to revive the liver knish, or at least test it out for a few weeks to see who'd bite.

                Agree on the "Sweetie", but have you given any thought to a KN CABBAGE knish?...they've got some pizzazz! Coupled with a knish-dog and Cel-Ray, hey, you could even power your motorbike.

                1. Thanks for this post and subsequent threads. Knish Nosh is underrated in every way. It offers some of the best lunch deals in the city, and, in my opinion, knishes that can stand up and to and even surpass the venerated Yonah Shimmel Bakery.

                  Haven't tried the brisket - yet another reason to make a trip up Qns Blvd to check it out. I couldn't agree more with the poster who mentioned that strip of QB - Andre's is yet another neglected gem of a bakery.

                  Around a year ago, I was driving in the JFK outlands, not far from Far Rockaway, and I saw a little sign on a chain link fence - only big enough to discern in passing - bearing the words, "Knish Nosh". I had to wonder: why are they advertising all the way out here? Silly me - turns out there's another branch in the Long Beach area. Anyone ever been there?

                  1. IIRC, KN's store is at Beech Street on the edge of Atlantic Beach...right before the circle to get on the bridge to Far Rockaway.

                    I'm pretty certain that the goods are trucked in from the Forest Hills factory, so they're not peak-fresh from the oven. They seemed to have marginally higher prices at the Beach store as well. Anyone differ on this?

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                    1. re: Mike R.

                      When I was a kid, KN closed every summer and moved their operation to somewhere I always believed to be in the Rockaways. I never knew exactly where. I guess this was where.

                    2. I love the sweet potato knish!! But one thing we can all agree is KN is a gem. Haven't tried their new stuff yet, however, from the recent addition of soups, I really like the mushroom barley and chicken vegetable. I once tried the stuffed cabbage and was fairly unimpressed, but I grew up eating my grandmas, so I will always be biased. When and if someone tries the brisket (maybe I will tonight), please post.