When Yonah Schimmel’s Knish Bakery opened on the Lower East Side Of Manhattan in 1910, the neighborhood was teeming with Jewish immigrants who among many things, brought their recipes with them when they emigrated to the United States.
Today, the Lower East Side is not what it was in 1910. The Jewish immigrants who called the neighborhood home 100 years ago are all long since dead, their descendants have moved up in the world and away from the overcrowded tenements that their ancestors once called home.
But Yonah Schimmels remains.
I was there last weekend. Unlike most of the Soho/Lower East Side, which is being rebuilt with concrete and glass, Yonah Schimmels retains the old world charm that has long since left the neighborhood. And compared to some of the other restaurants that are nearby, the food is neither full of it or over priced.
My stomach is already asking for another visit, I will be back.