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Entry from June 15, 2015
Knishwich (knish + sandwich)

A “knishwich” (knish + sandwich) is a knish with a filling, such as pastrami or corned beef. The Last Chance Antiques and Cheese Cafe (Tannersville, NY) has served the “knish-wich” since at least 2005, when the dish was cited in a New York State guidebook. Several New York City restaurants have included the knishwich on their menus.


Last Chance Antiques and Cheese Cafe (Tannersville, NY)
KNISH-WICH
9.99
Delicious hot grilled potato knish, packed with your choice of corned beef, pastrami, or turkey, and topped with melted Swiss cheese and coleslaw. Served with pasta salad
Meat
Corned beef Pastrami Turkey

Google Books
Fodor’s New York State
Edited by Fodor’s
New York, NY: Fodor’s Travel Guides
2005
Pg. 344:
You can hang out on the front porch, choose from a selection of 320 beers, and dig into a hearty “knishwich” of potato knish, coleslaw, melted cheddar, pastrami, and turkey.
(Last Chance Antiques and Cheese Cafe in Tannersville.—ed.)

Twitter
Samantha Brown
‏@FreeSamBrown
I want you to do something. It’s very important, OK?  Get about $15, go to the UWS, go into Lansky’s and order a Knishwich.
7:15 PM - 9 Jun 2009

Twitter
Pragmatik
‏@studiopragmatik
http://twitpic.com/kzwza coney island knish-wich. NYC deli lunch. Regulars tellin jokes at the next table quoting Woody Allen lines.
1:36 PM - 10 Oct 2009

Twitter
Cristina Romano
‏@fifthand56th
Oh my gosh they have a knishwich. AKA knish cut in half, filled with corned beef and pastrami. ZOMG. Why have I never ordered this? #orgasm
10:24 PM - 12 Oct 2009

Google Books
Insiders’ Guide® to the Greater Tampa Bay Area:
Including Tampa, St. Petersburg & Clearwater

By Anne Anderson
Guilford, CT: Globe Pequot
2010
Pg. 81:
LENNY’S RESTAURANT
21220 U.S. 19 N.
Clearwater
(727) 799-0402
Yes, they serve lunch, too—good deli food like Mettayya’s Knish-Wich (corned beef, pastrami, or turkey on a grilled potato knish) as well as a variety of burgers, including one that’s vegetarian.

Twitter
Beth Frank
‏@farbav
A Knish-wich: knish stuffed with pastrami and swiss...Incredible!  http://plixi.com/p/65167209
2:16 PM - 24 Dec 2010

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j.a. caldwell
‏@gimmedeathJC
ate a sandwich call the SUPER-KNISH-WICH split potato knish w/ beef hotdog & brisket… praise the lord… best thing ever @barcadejersey
9:04 PM - 20 Dec 2011

West Side Rag
LANSKY’S DELI CLOSES
Posted on February 25, 2013 at 6:53 pm by West Sider
(...)
But the breakfast foods and sandwiches were solid. Some were very solid, like the Coney Island knishwich: a potato knish cut in half and topped with corned beef, pastrami, muenster, coleslaw & Russian dressing.

Chopsticks+Marrow
09/11/13 10:02am
Seven of Our Favorite Queens Sandwiches
by Joe DiStefano
(...)
6. Knishwich, Ben’s Best
The ramen burger is a flash in the pan, but the knishwich ($8.95), is a mashup of two old school tastes that will endure. I am partial to pastrami between my potato, but you can also get corned beef, or go for broke and order both.  96-40 Queens Blvd., Rego Park, 718-897-1700

Google Books
Legendary Locals of Forest Hills and Rego Park
By Michael H. Perlman
Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing
2015
Pg. 46:
Pastrami, corned beef, chicken soup with matzo ball, and the Knishwich are among many patron favorites
(Ben’s Best Delicatessen.—ed.)

Eater—New York
New York City’s 10 Craziest Sandwiches
by Robert Sietsema, Jun 15, 2015, 1:00p
(...)
Pastrami Wish — Why didn’t anyone think of it before? A Coney Island-style knish, split open to reveal the potato glory within, layered with hot pastrami and sauerkraut. It was invented not long ago in the Bronx at an obscure kosher Jewish deli by an owner who got the idea — or so he says — from his grandkids. Find it at: Loeser’s, 214 W 231st St, Bronx, (718) 548-9735
(...)
COMMENTS
rhoran
Sorry guys, but Last Chance Cheese in Tannersville, NY has been making their version of the Pastrami Wish for many, many years. Good to know something like it is available nearby, though.
Posted on Jun 15, 2015 | 2:13 PM

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