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Opened in 1914, Russ & Daughters still resides in its original location on Houston Street in the Lower East Side. A New York staple, the teeny shop is known for its fish, specifically its bagels... Read More
Opened in 1914, Russ & Daughters still resides in its original location on Houston Street in the Lower East Side. A New York staple, the teeny shop is known for its fish, specifically its bagels and smoked salmon (lox). Topped with a schmear, these are the bagels that New York is known for: oversized, overstuffed, and indescribably delicious. While it's this location that carries on the old-school vibe and dying tradition of the Jewish deli, you should be aware that there isn't any seating. If that puts a cramp in your style, have no fear: the family has opened a cafe - complete with the same smoked fish classics, plus platters, eggs and matzo ball soup - just around the corner at 127 Orchard Street.
- Breakfast: "Russ & Daughters ships nationwide, so optimize your time at the counter by organizing to have a box of delicacies sent home."
- Best for Breakfast Because: In Anthony Bourdain's words, there are few places left that can boast that they're the oldest, and also the best. This is one of them.
- Deli: "Used to be you would buy a piping hot sweet potato knish, find a table or bench at the vest pocket park between the basketball courts on Chrystie. But now you have a choice: the retail shop or Russ & Daughters Cafe. Walk-ins only at the Cafe."
- Best for Deli Because: Russ & Daughters is an old-school "appetizing store" that went from pushcart to posh when it opened Russ & Daughters Cafe.