Russ & Daughters Café

Russ & Daughters Café

Café, Jewish Restaurant, and Breakfast Spot$$$$
Lower East Side, New York
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    The experts at The New Yorker and Eater recommend this place
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    Brand N.
    "Don't miss the super heebster toast or the pickled herring trio."(14 Tips)
    Deborah A.
    "Get the classic lox on an everything bagel."(37 Tips)
    Jess H.
    "Try the super heebster, lower sunny side up, and the classic!"(9 Tips)
    Jean T.
    "super heebster and MUST try Babka ice cream sandwich"(17 Tips)
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  • bagels
  • super heebster
  • trendy
  • breakfast food
  • lower sunny side
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  • Noah W.heart icon on user image
    Noah WeissNovember 28, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    This is Jewish brunch heaven. Just get there early if you don't want a long wait. Super Hebster -- whitefish salad, salmon, wasabi infused roe on bagel toast -- and the Lower Sunny Side (pictured).
  • Noah W.heart icon on user image
    Noah WeissMarch 20, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Make an ideal platter for two with two classic spreads, but ask for the pastrami lox and the (deliciously fatty) Scottish salmon. $32 is a steal for this feast.
  • Alekseyheart icon on user image
    AlekseySeptember 15, 2017
    Great brunch place with a focus on fish and caviar. For a classical taste order bagel with lox, and for more adventurous spirits go for Super Heebster. Also herring on bread is great with vodka
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • naveenheart icon on user image
    naveenNovember 4, 2015
    i am in love with the throwback design of this place (take a look at their bags: the original phone number!). still a fan of the Super Heebster, the halvah ice cream, the latkes.
  • The New Yorker
    The New YorkerJune 23, 2014
    “The Café is a master class in how to court both the old and the new, imbued with a hard-earned air of authority and gorgeously designed to pay detailed homage to Russ & Daughters’ history.” Read more
  • Martina E.heart icon on user image
    Martina EkmanAugust 6, 2016
    I'm sure the classic platter with lox is delicious, but go out of your comfort zone here. The super heebster bagel toast is incredible. Come before 10 on weekends to skip the line!
  • Fabian M.heart icon on user image
    Fabian MartinJuly 22, 2022
    Try the chocolate babka French toast it is heavenly!!! Also recommend the Omelet with smoked salmon they make the egg extremely smooth and the salmon is packed with flavor
  • Eater
    EaterApril 6, 2016
    Head to this all-day cafe from the team behind century-old appetizing shop Russ & Daughters for smoked fish platters, caviar, blintzes, borscht, scrambled eggs with lox, and latkes with salmon roe. Read more
  • Yera H.heart icon on user image
    Yera HaJanuary 2, 2016
    I've honestly never been huge on lox until I came here. Get the eggs benny with a bagel on the side. Don't skip the egg cream and Bloody Mary, either. Also, the coffee is incredible. What a place!
  • Ben K.heart icon on user image
    Ben K.February 1, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Somehow they improved on their 100 year old appetizing shop with this cafe. It just makes me so happy. Everything is amazing but you must order the rye Bloody Mary, Super Heebster, and lots of lox.
  • eifehheart icon on user image
    eifehJanuary 5, 2017
    Very busy, but very delicious. Classic board with lox is great. Try the babka french toast for something sweet. Good coffee. Great bloody mary. The wait will be long, but definitely worth a go.
  • Eater
    EaterSeptember 26, 2014
    Check out their brunch. Get a classic spread of smoked fish, cream cheese, and a bagel, or go for one of the egg dishes, like matzoh brei, or scrambled eggs with lox and onion. Read more
  • Deborah A.heart icon on user image
    Deborah Au-YeungOctober 4, 2015
    Hackle back caviar and blinis, get them. Bloody Marys - I had one with caraway and another one with fenugreek. Get the classic lox on an everything bagel. Finish with challah bread pudding. Holla!
  • Aya F.heart icon on user image
    Aya FJuly 4, 2017
    Get the $70 platter! It says it's for 3-4 people but it'll easily serve 6-8 people if you also get appetizers. Try them all. Fresh butter & creme fraiche is a ++!
  • Elevine B.heart icon on user image
    Elevine BergeFebruary 9, 2015
    Loved the diner interior and waiters in old fashioned white shirts. Brunch; Kippered and salmon spread w thin crispy waffle cut fries was flavoursome, fresh and nicely light. Mmmm. Bottomless coffee.
  • Luke
    LukeJuly 15, 2017
    You're in New York, so you can get a good bagel or typical brunch any day. Don't mess around. Get as much lox as you can. Get as much herring as you can. Order vodka shots. Go hard or go home
  • Greg W.
    Greg Wong 🎯August 22, 2014
    Get the Pastrami Russ. Pastrami cured salmon, cheese, sauerkraut, mustard, pickle on a pretzel roll. The perfect combination.
  • Amanda .
    Amanda 🐼October 3, 2017
    took my parents here while they were in town. the exterior of the store is modest, but the cafe's classic platter really won my mom over & dad said the spinach in his eggs benny worked like "magic" ✨
  • Elvis R.
    Elvis RodricksOctober 11, 2022
    A nyc institution now with a bigger serving space. Get their shrub drink, liver and bagel. Bagel was light and perfect. Overall a great healthy option here!
  • Olivier N.
    Olivier Nguyen Van TanJanuary 14, 2020
    Perfect food alongside with amazing visual experience. If you like design, you will be in for a treat.
  • Andrew P.heart icon on user image
    Andrew PerezOctober 13, 2017
    The classic platter with an everything bagel is perfect. They give you just the right amount of everything and the salmon is perfect. The dill Bloody Mary was the perfect way to round it out.
  • Elizabethheart icon on user image
    ElizabethMay 23, 2015
    The last time I went there, I got the Shtetl sandwich board (which comes with sable). The time before, I got the Eggs Benny with lox. Both times? I was delighted! I loved the virgin Bloody Mary, too!
  • AlAnoud A A.
    AlAnoud A AlGhunaimMarch 4, 2022
    What’s a New York delicacy without an everything bagel with tomatoes, lox and cream cheese from Russ & Daughters? A must ladies and gents✨
  • Tara S.
    Tara SuanMay 3, 2015
    Chopped liver and trio of herring. Very tasty. The brown bread under the herring was a bit confusing, springy and a touch dry. They serve Streits matzo that is toasted, buttered and salted. So good.
  • Miguel d.heart icon on user image
    Miguel de LeonMay 19, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Get here early and often. Any of the open-faced sandwiches are great but they also do some mean smoked fish spreads. Non-alcoholic beverages are amazing
  • Rafi R.heart icon on user image
    Rafi RomeroJuly 2, 2016
    everything was delicious: shtetl plate, potato latkes, eggs Benny, and the first item on the seasonal herring specials menu. lower east side cocktail and Aquavit were also good. top with blintzes
  • Nuffheart icon on user image
    NuffJanuary 7, 2019
    Delightful spot with all of the staples (bagels, knoshes, pickles) and some surprising additions (fig shrub). Friendly service and gorgeous design.
  • Andrew C.heart icon on user image
    Andrew ChoiMarch 8, 2015
    Try their Classic board: gaspe nova smoked salmon, cream cheese, red onion, capers on a bagel (get the everything). So simple yet so delicious!
  • R Gheart icon on user image
    R GMarch 4, 2017
    Some people think this place is overrated but it is not. It was worth the 1+ hour wait. The classic platter with lox is excellent. Strong and tasty Bloody Mary. Love the old-fashioned interior.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceApril 14, 2015
    The smoked whitefish chowder caters to modern palates with the addition of espelette pepper. Its mellow smokiness softens in the cream base with flaky shreds of whitefish, root vegetables, & dill.
  • New York Post
    New York PostApril 23, 2015
    “[It’s] one of my personal favorites. I go with the Paltrow-Martins. It’s a nice Sunday early afternoon thing that we always enjoy.” - Mario Batali Read more
  • John S.
    John ShrimpMarch 17, 2018
    The timeless appeal of the Russ & Daughters Cafe makes it a perfect spot any time of day: whether it's a for a light nosh, brunch, lunch, cocktails, dinner, or a special occasion.
  • Sparkie
    SparkieAugust 29, 2014
    Get a classic spread of smoked fish, cream cheese, and a bagel, matzoh brei, or scrambled eggs with lox and onion. For the less classically-inclined, there's also chocolate babka french toast.
  • RTWgirl A.
    RTWgirl ArnetteNovember 12, 2014
    I like it here. Nothing like a lox and bagel in NYC. Gets super busy even for a solo diner, so go during off peak times or be ready to wait.
  • Becca B.heart icon on user image
    Becca BaeApril 12, 2016
    Go during the week to avoid a long wait and with a group so you can try a bit of everything. Yom Kippered sandwich board is the star!
  • Swift S.heart icon on user image
    Swift SwiftAugust 2, 2015
    The chopped liver was really good. You can ask for homemade potato chips instead of matzah if that's your speed. Standard bagel with lox and cream cheese is a must as well.
  • Adley
    AdleyAugust 27, 2014
    Super cool place, great service, good food, try the herring fish, pretty tasty. Oh and the cucumber limonade! Yum! But a bit expensive...
  • Max K.
    Max KesslerAugust 21, 2014
    Ohhhh eggs Benny. The salmon was hypnotic! After the first bite all I was hearing was The 'Notic (Come Alive album, The Roots). Entrancing. Also went to crush island on the babka french toast, lordy.
  • heathr g.heart icon on user image
    heathr goldAugust 18, 2019
    This place feeds my soul. Blintzes like your bubbe made. Its ll great. And the sodas and shrubs are fantastic.
  • Anne T.heart icon on user image
    Anne TaillandierAugust 12, 2015
    Love the salmon eggs, Irish smoked salmon, horseradish cream cheese, and smoked trout mousse. They also carry an amazing rye bread and great assortment of canned fish.
  • Jason B.heart icon on user image
    Jason BrewOctober 10, 2015
    Trendy but authentic Jewish specialities and a fun atmosphere. Get a chocolate egg cream and try the lower sunny side up
  • Kim P.heart icon on user image
    Kim PhamJanuary 6, 2017
    The Lower Sunny Side is the perfect hungover brunch. The latkes are lovely.
  • Janaheart icon on user image
    JanaOctober 14, 2017
    This is quite possibly the best brunch spot in NYC! Try the Pastrami Russ or the Cinnamon Babka French Toast.
  • scott d.heart icon on user image
    scott daspinFebruary 16, 2015
    You can't make a mistake here. Only thing that's necessary is that you eat smoked fish. Very comfortable. Good Bloody Mary. Pastrami Lox was great. I wish I tried the LEO.
  • K. M.
    K. M.May 28, 2015
    The shtetl was very good, but it was disappointing to me that it came like this, everything separate. It isn't that much fun to put your sandwich together. Great service.
  • Clara E.heart icon on user image
    Clara EloyJuly 22, 2022
    Omg the chocolate babka french toast is the best french toast I’ve ever had. Truly divine.
  • Neena B.heart icon on user image
    Neena BeniwalMarch 5, 2017
    I got the Shtetl board and caraway Bloody Mary, both were amazing! Great atmosphere for brunch... worth the hour-long wait! Especially since they text when your table is coming available
  • Peter C.heart icon on user image
    Peter CucèOctober 10, 2017
    Always packed, Russ & Daughters managed to create a cafe that appeals to hipsters and elderly Jewish folk alike. It's hard to get a seat without a reservation but go on an off hour to snag a bar seat.
  • Brand N.heart icon on user image
    Brand NewSeptember 8, 2014
    Don't miss the super heebster toast or the pickled herring trio. Then do any of the boards, a lower east side, and cap it off with some chocolate babka french toast.
  • Carlosheart icon on user image
    CarlosMay 4, 2019
    Fuck! Amazing amazing food experience.. you can't go wrong if you order the classic. I did also order a spicy bloody Mary and it was very tasty.
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