Since it opened in 1914, Russ & Daughters has been a food landmark in New York City.
In 1907, Joel Russ, the original Russ of Russ & Daughters, began selling Polish mushrooms to fellow recent immigrants in the Lower East Side with the hope of making enough to upgrade to a pushcart. In 1914, after upgrading to a pushcart (and then horse and wagon) he opened his first store. He showed his three daughters how to run the business, and in 1933 renamed his store ‘Russ & Daughters.’
Today the store is one of New York’s most cherished, and has some of the best lox in the city.
The store is divided into two sections. On the left side they sell smoked fish, bagels, salads and a variety of cream cheeses, and on the right they have dried fruit, fancy chocolate, havlah, and other tasty treats.
Everything looks so good that it’s sometimes hard to choose what to get, but I usually end up with the same thing: a bagel with lox and cream cheese, and a handful of dried apricots for dessert. It’s hard to go wrong with a classic like that.
It’s hard to walk down the street, pass by its window display, taunting me with its delicious food, and not go in. After all these years, I’ve learned it’s better not to try to resist the temptation.
Russ & Daughters
179 East Houston Street
New York, NY 10002