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Your Stories: Meyer’s Knishes on Rockaway Beach

My grandparents operated Meyer’s Knishes on New York’s Rockaway Beach boardwalk, thought to be the second-longest boardwalk in the world, from the late-1940’s through the late-1960’s. They offered from-scratch round potato knishes, baked, not fried. The shop had a prominent yellow marquee visible in these photos from a Rockaway Beach memories blog:

And novelist Avery Corman (Kramer vs. Kramer) mention Meyer’s Knishes in the opening line of his New York Times piece on nostalgic movies by Neil Simon and Woody Allen: Read Article

I have early childhood memories of my grandparents peeling potatoes, huge steaming pots, and rolling out dough on a long, wide wooden table, but most of all I remember the soft, doughy knishes with their light mashed potato filling and a touch of what we call today caramelized onions. 

In a way, I carry on the tradition. I’m a kosher caterer in Annapolis, Maryland with a colleague who bakes little knishes from scratch when customers order them.