Russ & Daughters Cafe
Over a century of experience has gone into Russ & Daughters Cafe. This is a sit down joint with the same haimishness (‘haimish’ is the Yiddish word for a sense of comfort, warmth and down-to-earthness) felt in the ‘appetizing’ store, which has been serving and selling New Yorkers their expertly sliced smoked salmon, bagels, bialys and babka since 1914.
Today diners can pull up a chair in the 70-seat space and enjoy many of the same dishes available in the original space. There’s everything from steaming bowls of comforting matzo ball soup and softly scrambled eggs with challah and caviar, to latkes (served either savoury with creme fraiche and wild salmon roe, or sweet with apple sauce) and platters of smoked fish. There are blintzes and noodle kugel, halvah ice cream and honey cake. Not to mention a drinks list that showcases some old timey favourites, like egg creams, alongside some up-to-the-minute mixology creations. The Bloody Mary – made by a lab coat wearing bartender (a signature look at Russ & Daughters) – is a particular winner at brunch, made with your choice of Caraway-infused, dill-infused, fenugreek-infused or smoked pepper-infused vodka.
But whatever meal is chosen from the mouthwatering, Russ & Daughters Cafe is everything that devotees of Russ & Daughters already know and love, and everything that newcomers hope it’s going to be from its hype and history.