What is a Knish?
A knish is a traditional Jewish snack food made popular in New York. It is a dumpling of dough that is filled with potatoes, meat, kasha, sauerkraut, onions or cheese and is baked or fried. The knish was brought to North America in the 1900s by Eastern Europeans. Knishes can be purchased in New York from street vendors, hot dog stands, or from a butcher shop in areas with a large Jewish population.
Where to eat Knish in New York City
1. Russ & Daughters
Since 1914, this family-owned shop has been offering, high-end smoked fish, spreads, traditional egg cream, and in house freshly baked bagels, bread, babka, black and white cookies and knishes. For all this, plus somewhere to sit, check out the two Russ & Daughters cafés. The weekend and holiday lines are always long, so when possible go on a weekday.