Jewish food is clearly having a moment in the Bay Area. From the frenzy over Beauty Bagels in Oakland to the long lines at Wise Sons Deli, the foods of New York's Lower East Side have transplanted to a more temperate climate. Now, knishes have also made their way westward.
King Knish is the latest culinary venture of Chef Ramni Levy, who's also a caterer and personal chef. For the unfamiliar, a knish is a filled dumpling associated with Eastern European Jewish immigrants who came to the U.S. in the early 20th century. The most traditional filling is potato or kasha, but Chef Levy's whimsical lineup includes a sweet potato/marshmallow knish and even a curried beef one dipped in white chocolate (he swears it's delicious).
Whichever you choose, expect well-seasoned, generously stuffed, thin-skinned knishes that do well when reheated, even in the microwave. The potato fillings are luxuriant -- think oober creamy mashed potatoes. And if you opt for the cheddar broccoli combo, you'll sink into a cheesy mash with an herbaceous twinge thanks to a sprinkling of Herbes de Provence.
Chef Levy has big plans for his little knishes including a potential long-term pop up downtown. He's raising money for his ventures with an Indiegogo campaign. For now, find Chef Levy's knishes at his temporary spot by Caltrain this Friday, 1/25 from 8am-11am and 4pm - 7pm on Townsend Street across from the Caltrain Station.
You can also order the knishes by contacting Chef Levy directly.