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The Best Knish in Manhattan

mizmintz Mar 4, 2010 08:47 AM

Anybody have suggestions for the best knish in Manhattan? I've been to Jonah Schimmel's (sp?) and I thought they were greasy and flavorless. I liked the ones at Carnegie Deli, but I know a lot of you dis Carnegie Deli. Katz's -- meh. So where do I go?

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    kdgchow Mar 11, 2010 06:38 PM

    Sampled a potato knish at Second Avenue Deli a while back and it was surprisingly good.

    IMO, the two deadly sins of knishes - especially the benchmark potato - are dryness and leaden-ness, whether it's from frozen or lumpy potatoes that haven't been mashed properly. The Second Avenue Deli knish had neither. Was it the best knish I've ever had? No - the late, lamented Mrs. Stahl's will always come first - but it was tasty.

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      sugartoof Mar 11, 2010 01:22 PM

      Gottleibe's in Williamsburg has a pretty great potato knish similar to Stahl's in style (just not as well spiced)....does anyone know who makes them, or if they're available anywhere in Manhattan?

      1. foodmusic7 Mar 5, 2010 08:12 AM

        Yonah Schimmel Knish is the first and most famous knishery in New York. It's in the lower east side. http://knishery.com/main.htm
        It's world world famous. My great grandmother, who immigrated from Poland before WWII used to buy kinishes from them in the 1920's.

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          gutsofsteel Mar 5, 2010 09:26 AM

          There are dozens of posts (if not hundreds) on Yonah Schimmel here on CH. Yes it's famous. But the knishes are lousy.

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            Wilfrid Mar 5, 2010 09:35 AM

            There isn't anywhere else though.

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              gutsofsteel Mar 5, 2010 10:07 AM

              Read the thread. Zabar's apparently has a decent knish.

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          JMJD Mar 4, 2010 07:16 PM

          Would also agree with the rec for Zabar's -- quite good and I think they are made there though I have never asked. And good variety of flavors you don't see too much (kasha, etc.)

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          1. re: JMJD
            Striver Mar 5, 2010 06:50 AM

            In fact, I recently had a kasha knish (my long-time favorite kind) from Zabar's, and was pleasantly surprised at how good it was. Definitely worth a try.

          2. Motosport Mar 4, 2010 10:53 AM

            I guess the real question is: Who "MAKES" the best knish in NYC? My best guess is that places like Katz's, Zabar's etc. sells knishs that are made in a knish bakery. Correct me if I am wrong.
            Way back in the day there was a Knish bakery on the boardwalk of Coney Island and Rockaway beach. It was called Jerry's (or Gerry's) Knishs and they were fabulous.

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            1. re: Motosport
              mahler5 Mar 4, 2010 12:53 PM

              I believe that Zabar's makes their knishes (and strudels) on-site. Or at least they bake them on-site.

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              howrom Mar 4, 2010 10:30 AM

              Go out to Queens to the Knish Nosh on Queens Blvd.-- THE BEST!!

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                howboy Mar 12, 2010 12:14 PM

                I didn't like them.

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                  sugartoof Mar 12, 2010 12:35 PM

                  I've only had them delivered via Fresh Direct, but they were bland enough that I was bored a couple bites in. Always wondered if they were better from the Queens locale.

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                pbjluver Mar 4, 2010 09:29 AM

                I happen to love the knishes from Zabars
                round, not too large, many delicious flavors

                You can find them at the back of the prepared foods counter, across from the soup, next to the struedels (which also happen to be yummy).

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                  gutsofsteel Mar 4, 2010 08:53 AM

                  Unfortunately there is not a good knish to be had in Manhattan.

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                    babbabooey Mar 4, 2010 09:12 AM

                    this was a recent post....

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