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Russ & Daughters Cafe

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Both my children have an endless appetite for smoked salmon.  Personally, I hadn’t tasted smoked salmon until I was a teenager, but living on the Upper West Side, these little girls are fortunate to have sampled some of the best.  While on the Lower East Side to visit the Tenement Museum, we tried Russ & Daughters Cafe, serving Jewish comfort food for four generations.  We later learned about the incredible Russ family history, and that a movie was made, The Sturgeon Queens, starring the two surviving daughters of the patriarch Joel Russ, who immigrated to the US from Austria-Hungary.  Quite the institution.

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After waiting for an hour (totally worth it!), we cozied into a booth.  The cafe interior looks similar to the original shop (179 E Houston St). but has a slightly upscale feel.  The servers were especially kind towards the kids, and gave them crayons to color on the paper menus, and brought our food very quickly, which was appreciated after the wait.  I enjoyed the chopped salad – smoked whitefish, avocado, beets, egg, apple, and greens – a convenient dish to share with my 9-month old as everything was already in small pieces.  My husband ordered sturgeon and a bialy, with an egg cream to drink.  Gwen consumed a bagel with lox, and we all shared potato latkes with applesauce and sour cream.  All very delicious and satisfying.  The cafe is open nightly until 10pm and would be a fun breakfast-for-dinner option.

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