Russ and Daughters, located in the Lower East Side, was at the top of my must eat list while in NYC. My love for smoked fish has grown exponentially over the years and I was ready to experience the spot which is considered one of the best in the city. Maybe it was my Jewish ancestry talking to me?
Upon some research I discovered why “appetizers” is in the name of the shop. “Appetizing,” as a noun, is a Jewish food tradition that is most typical among American Jews, and it is particularly local to New York and New Yorkers. Stores selling cured and pickled meats became known as delicatessens, while shops that sold fish and dairy products became appetizing stores. I love the history of food! Russ and Daughters opened in 1914 and it still going strong with a regular clientele of locals and tourists alike. While inside waiting to order, some out-of-towners turned to me and said “you seem like an expert, what should we get?” This happens every time I’m in NYC, I ain’t mad at it.
So what did I get? I showed up for breakfast and knew a bagel sandwich was in order. I chose a toasted sesame bagel with caviar creme cheese, organic smoked Irish salmon, capers and tomato. There aren’t seats inside so I took my tasty treat to the corner cafe and ate it with a cup of tea. It was everything I hoped for, the salmon being some of the tastiest to have graced my mouth. My meal was worth the wait and left me feeling bittersweet because now I had wanted to throw a party with all the incredible offerings of this delish institution. Peep the photos to know exactly what I mean. Barrels of pickles? ENOUGH SAID!
Russ and Daughters
179 E Houston St
New York, NY 10002