Russ & Daughters

Restaurants Lower East Side
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Russ & Daughters has been serving lox, herring and other specialty foods since 1914, and its Super Heeb of horseradish cream cheese, wasabi-flavored roe and sublime whitefish salad form a holy trinity with an unholy name.

Venue name: Russ & Daughters
Address: 179 E Houston St
New York

Cross street: between Allen and Orchard Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 8am–8pm, Sat 9am–7pm, Sun 8am–5:30pm
Transport: Subway: F to Lower East Side–Second Ave
Price: AmEx, MC, V
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lily r

Retro modern sounds like an oxymoron, but Russ & Daughters somehow pulls it off; with checkered patterns, marbled countertops, old-school booth seating, you'll feel like you should be sipping egg creams (which you very well can) in a 1950s dinette, but the bright lighting, clean branding, attractive wait staff and minimalist chic atmosphere bring the cafe right back into the age of Instagram (and you should Instagram literally everything here... you know, if you're into that sort of thing). I've heard it gets very crowded on the weekends, but stopped by for lunch on a fall weekday and had no wait time at all. My group tried the potato latkes (which managed to maintain a moist, flavorful center and amazingly crispy outside) and the Hattie platter. Everything on the platter was fresh and full of flavor, but the Sable was by far my favorite; likely why the term "melts in your mouth" came to be. We were a group of 4 adults and still had food leftover. 


Ok, this place is what I consider home. Like, I recently had to leave the city for 8 months due to immigration issues, and when I got back, this was my first pit stop. If you don't like Russ and Daughters, I'm not sure you like eating period. 

BEST LOX YOU WILL EVER HAVE. Hands down. People complain about the bagels being small, but you don't come here for the bagel itself, you come here for the fish. If this is your first time, order one of each of the below - if you don't like them, find me and I will literally reimburse you (no, I do not work for them, though you will find me wearing their tshirts here and there):

Classic Gaspe Nova or Scottish salmon on an Everything bagel with Horseradish cream cheese and the Works (capers, tomatoes, red onion)

Super Heebster

Fancy Delancey

Fish aside, you really can't go wrong here: Matzo Ball soup, homemade bread pudding, Babka, even their homemade mustards - everything they do is gold. 

Just go already!

Tyler L

If the perfect bagel adorned with smoked fish, fresh veggies and cream cheese is your go-to brunch food, you have to check out Russ & Daughters in the Lower East Side. It's timeless New York serving up nothing but classics. The soda fountain bar was the cherry on top that differentiated this time capsule from just another restaurant on Orchard Street. I'm not really one to have a sweet tooth, but the blintzes were undeniable. Don't think twice about ordering them!

Adam V

Old school brunch one-stop shop. Bagels, and lox (all kinds of fish, spreads, baked goods, candies, fruits, etc.) of course, but much more too. Super friendly service staff will take their time making sure all your needs are met - and even let you try samples of everything. Best to spend your time and pick up some snacks if you're not in a hurry - if you are, either be prepared to wait or order ahead of time. Very high quality with prices to match, for the most part - but well worth it.

Lisa White

Some of the best lox I've had was from Russ and Daughters. Super old school, grab a ticket and wait your turn. Wonderful smoked fish. Bagels are decent but not the best in the city. But they work as a vessel for the beautiful fish. The shop itself is super cute. Pricey but you get your money's worth for sure. Grab breakfast here, you won't regret it. 

Jason S

If you're looking for the ultimate bagel experience, look no further than Russ and Daughters.  They offer a variety of great spreads and lox.  The bagels can get a bit pricey depending on what you order.  My personal favorite combination (which costs around $15) is an everything bagel with horseradish cream cheese, pastrami smoked salmon, tomato, capers, onions, and wasabi caviar... so delicious.  If you have room for a second bagel order a bagel with chopped liver.  The restaurant location offers great matzohball soup and round knishes.  Go to their counter location on Houston St. for an old school touch.