When I first moved to New York I knew that I had to try a few things: bagels with real lox and cream cheese, deli pastrami and a knish. I tried them all within my first few months here and fell absolutely in love, except with the knish.
Now I'm starting to think I didn't like knishes because unlike bagels or pastrami, a knish isn't a self-explanatory snack. Do you eat it cold? Hot? Dipped in sauce? With something on top? I tried a spinach knish from my next-door deli when I first came here and when they asked how I wanted it, I sheepishly said, "To go." I didn't know what the options were, but I wish I had since I found the knish to be much akin to a dried out hockey puck. Now whenever I go to market, I see myriad knishes waiting for a home and I'm willing to try if someone would just tell me how to do it like a real fresser.