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Jul 13, 2009 05:03 PM

I'm looking for good NY Style Knishes here in Boston

Tell me something other than good luck. I don't want those pastry puff things filled with potatoes but rather the sort of flat square with a crust made with schmaltz (sp?). Or does anyone know where I buy frozen NY ones? Thanks!

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  1. I remember buying knishes at Michael's Deli in Coolidge Corner.

    I really don't remember how good they were; but I think they were the best I've found locally.

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    1. re: 9lives

      I had a pastrami knish from Michaels, which was far from traditional but very good. As far as mail order Knishes, I remember bookmarking this link either from here or the NY board.

      I'm not sure these are exactly what you are looking for. Based on your description though, I recall having this type of knish in NY/ Long Island, a true crust and very dense. I have not run across those in the Boston area (not to say they don't exist).

      1. re: 9lives

        Michael's still has many varieties of knishes, listed here:

        Michael's closes early on Saturdays, 3pm I think.

      2. Barry's Deli in Waban (Newton) used to have decent beef knishes that I think were brought in (frozen) from NY but were tasty and the large flat square ones you are seeking. It's been a while so I'd call first to make sure they have them, and I can't vouch for them since it's been a few years but do check it out and report back. They had beef, potato and some sort of vegetable/potato blend but the beef was very good way back when.

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        1. re: nincyh

          Barry's Deli has Meyer's Knishes, which are very good. It is worth calling if you want to make sure they have a specific variety (personally, I prefer the potato) but they always have some. These are the best local knishes I've found.

        2. Go to the Butcherie, on Harvard Street in Brookline: they have a wide variety at the deli counter

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          1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

            I'm going to jump in and second the butcherie, not sure if they are exactly what you are looking for, but they are good and worth a try.

          2. You might call Rosenfeld's Bagels in Newton Centre, they could tell you where to look if they don't have them.

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            1. re: steinpilz

              Um, Rosenfeld's is a bakery, They don't make knishes....

              1. re: galleygirl

                Ok, but they might know a place that does.

                1. re: steinpilz

                  Okay, I may have been a little snarky this morning....Sorry...

            2. They sell them in the bakery case at City Feed and Supply in Jamaica Plain! I'm not sure how authentic they are since I'm not a knish connoisseur, but they look like the real thing!

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              1. re: ecdopfel

                I've had the knishes at city feed, and they're not bad but definitely nothing like what you get in new york. they're made by some hippie, vegan baker (and i've nothing against hippie foods) and are more likely to have kale than kasha in the filling. real knish dough also has lots of eggs in it, so the vegan stuff can't really compare.

                the closest i've found to real knishes is in the deli case at east side market in providence. but that's quite a shlep for a knish (of the baked good variety, anyhow).