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#TreatingMyself: Yonah Schimmel's Knish Bakery, NYC

12:20 PM It's not a secret and I actually enjoy talking about this the most: Jewish food. This is why NYC is my perfect city with all the different food cultures that I need. 
There's still a lot to discover in the Big Apple, but after a couple of years now, I can say that one of my top 10 places to hang around and treat myself would be Yonah Schimmel's Knish Bakery

A very charming place right in the Lower East Side that has been selling knishes forever - this is actually the only place in Manhattan where you can get your favorite knishes. 

Ok, but what is a knish actually? I had no idea to be honest... before I visited I had no clue what I was going to enjoy in a few minutes. I passed the place so many times before and I loved how vintage it looked so I always wanted to go in there and explore this world. 

I decided to have my breakfast at Yonah Schimmel's and studied their menu. So, a knish is an Eastern European snack consisting primarily of potato, seasoning filling, and wrapped with a thin layer of though - heavenly baked. 

Since I was out to get breakfast and I wasn't sure of the flavor of a traditional knish, I decided to start with a sweet knish. Yonah Schimmel is also offering cherry, apple, or blueberry with a sweet cheese filling. 

I ordered my blueberry knish and waited with my iced coffee in my hands. While my knish was being heated up, I checked the interior of the bakery/ restaurant. Very traditional, super old, and so charming. This is how I imagine every older Jewish family restaurant/ café. 
After a couple of minutes, I got my knish, and I left the place which got a bit more crowded now. 

It was a sunny day and I decided to hike to Brooklyn via the Williamsburg Bridge. 
On the very top, I grabbed my knish and took a deep breath, smelling the dough and the sweet blueberry filling. It smelled so good. 
My first bite was even better. The dough is so flakey, soft, and so rich - the filling entering your mouth will drive you crazy, too.
To make it more complex: this tasted like a juicy and sweet cheesecake with a lot of blueberries. 
Oh, I was in heaven. 

The knish was so big, I couldn't even finish it and was happy to enjoy my leftovers later on my way back home. 
During my whole stay, I think this treat was my favorite! For only $4 I was able to enjoy real and authentic food with a great flavor and the best memory. 
This is why I love Jewish food. 

I can't wait to head back to Yonah and try the traditional savory version....even though the blueberry version really stole my heart. 

Have you tried a knish yet? 

137 E. Houston St. ($)