Russ & Daughters Café

Russ & Daughters Café

Café, Jewish Restaurant, and Breakfast Spot$$$$
Lower East Side, New York
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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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  • 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.
  • alexis r.
    alexis romanovJuly 13, 2016
    Soooo Good, could spend hours eating here, but could never afford to eat every delicious dish they serve. Wish it was closer to where I live, I would be there all the time
  • Maria K.heart icon on user image
    Maria KNovember 19, 2017
    Lovely breakfast spot - delicious lox bagels and potato latkas, classic jazz on the background and beautiful interior.
  • Joel S.
    Joel SavitzkyAugust 10, 2014
    Get the classic and enjoy perfectly balanced everything bagel, lox, cream cheese, caper, onion and tomato perfection.
  • Margarita K.heart icon on user image
    Margarita KrupSeptember 21, 2015
    The best smoked sturgeon I have ever had! A must try place. Also try the borsch and the shrubs drinks.
  • Paige C.heart icon on user image
    Paige CJuly 6, 2015
    Holy amazingness. There is nothing like their fresh lox! Get a board and order the goat cream cheese!
  • Stacy B.heart icon on user image
    Stacy Bo BacyApril 4, 2019
    Often a wait but have a seat and get the best lox and chocolate egg cream of your life.
  • Ben R.heart icon on user image
    Ben RApril 26, 2015
    Everything about this place is perfect. Get a board, and don't skip the blintzes. Or the herring. I love it here.
  • Annaheart icon on user image
    AnnaJuly 7, 2015
    If you love the original Russ & Daughters you'll love the café. Ordered one of the platters, white fish soup, and some potato pancakes. It was delicious!
  • Renae M.heart icon on user image
    Renae MasonJuly 23, 2015
    My first Shrub drink - so so good! Can't beat bagels and smoked fish from this LES family-run institution.
  • Rachel C.heart icon on user image
    Rachel ClarkJuly 1, 2019
    The borscht is awesome, and there are really no words for how good the challah bread pudding is.
  • Alan T.
    Alan TachikawaSeptember 5, 2020
    Bloody mary is good but not amazing like others are saying. I had the dill vodka bloody mary and the lox bagel. Both are good, but not amazing.
  • Adela M.heart icon on user image
    Adela MouDecember 19, 2014
    Expect a wait for brunch, but definitely worth it. They also have gluten free bread options for those who prefer.
  • Andrew G.heart icon on user image
    Andrew GaldiMay 5, 2019
    Feels like you're in an episode of Marvelous Mrs Maisel. The bagels are great and the best bloody mary I've ever had, but the prices quite high
  • Joshua B.heart icon on user image
    Joshua BoggsJune 1, 2018
    I really believe the hype now. The blini, caviar, smoked salmon, and pickled herring are so good. Awesome cocktails and Bloody Mary.
  • Guest of a Guest
    Guest of a GuestMay 30, 2018
    For a no nonsense person who just wants bagels, lox, and all the requisite accoutrements, Russ & Daughters Cafe is your place. Read more
  • Jasmin Y.heart icon on user image
    Jasmin YayaApril 19, 2016
    Eggs Benny, potato latkes and halva ice cream. We sat at the bar and tve service was wonderful!
  • Ababil A.heart icon on user image
    Ababil AnwarJanuary 13, 2017
    Loved it!! New fav. I just got the classic board and I was full. It's was $17.35 with tax.
  • Anissaheart icon on user image
    AnissaDecember 31, 2016
    Be prepared for a 2.5 hour brunch wait! Want to skip the line? Come right before 10am to make first seating and get the latkes!
  • ben m.heart icon on user image
    ben mAugust 3, 2014
    Ess gezunterheyt! Can't go wrong with anything but if it is your first time, go with The Classic board. R&D dominates the lox game.
  • Tara D.
    Tara DeVincenzoOctober 19, 2015
    lox, eggs, and onions comes out as an omelette. if you want the full slice of salmon flesh, get the lower sunny side. potato latkes are killer.
  • Bobbie M.heart icon on user image
    Bobbie McLellanSeptember 4, 2017
    The shtetl was a nice change from smoked salmon. And the knishes were fluffy and delicious.
  • Edna C.
    Edna ChuaSeptember 23, 2016
    The coffee culture in US leaves much to be desired when I was served water when I ordered a flat white... that said, the food was great! Note to self: always check drinks menu first
  • Krissy S.heart icon on user image
    Krissy SpasevskiMay 26, 2016
    The freshest salmon I've tasted on the freshest bagels. Then followed up by the most delicious halva ice cream. This is a MUST TRY!!
  • Emily W.heart icon on user image
    Emily WilsonAugust 25, 2015
    Start with the chopped liver (and ask for it to go if you can't finish it)
  • Caroline C.
    Caroline ChungMay 18, 2014
    Weekend Brunch: Get here early (opens at 10am) by 11am there are lots of couples and groups waiting outside.
  • JH N.heart icon on user image
    JH NYCDecember 3, 2015
    If you like sweets, try the bobka French toast. Cold borscht soup is really good. Chicken matzoh ball is hearty. Potato latkes are too thick to be hot inside. We tried Russ once, may not come back...
  • Nate B.heart icon on user image
    Nate BeattyFebruary 15, 2015
    The Eggs Benny is served on Challah instead of the usual English muffin. My skepticism disappeared after the first bite - it's amazing.
  • Roniel T.heart icon on user image
    Roniel TesslerSeptember 19, 2015
    This place is very special. Decor is superb. Food is excellent. And don't think about leaving without getting the bread pudding!
  • Leah H.heart icon on user image
    Leah HammerschlagDecember 14, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Order the off menu latkes w gravlax. Better than the heebster and russ pastrami
  • Bianca
    BiancaSeptember 9, 2023
    The super heebster, the chopped liver, the super russ (a Ruben with fish) all splashed with champagne! ♥️
  • Charlottesheart icon on user image
    CharlottesMay 20, 2016
    Love the interior and the cherry shrub was sensational, esp with a good swig of vodka! Latkas and herring also hit the spot.
  • Lindsey K.heart icon on user image
    Lindsey KimOctober 30, 2017
    The platters are amazing but save room for the halvah ice cream!
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    harryhMay 17, 2014
    Portions are a bit small so make sure you order enough food. Everything is really good but you might end up spending a bit more than you'd think.
  • Jen B.heart icon on user image
    Jen BekmanMay 10, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Be sure to check out the wallpaper in *both* bathrooms, and enjoy the Jason Polan drawings hanging in the hallway as you wait.
  • Cheryl O.heart icon on user image
    Cheryl OppJuly 13, 2016
    Try everything! You won't regret it. This is my new go-to for a Bloody Mary brunch! Love it!
  • Eleonora Z.heart icon on user image
    Eleonora ZorziJune 21, 2015
    Very cute establishment, I tried all the herring types and I loved them all. The service is great, I'll definitely go back.
  • IrmaZandl Z.heart icon on user image
    IrmaZandl ZandlSlantSeptember 6, 2014
    The herring trio is terrific. Love the style of this place. Will def be back!!
  • Eric C.
    Eric CAugust 13, 2014
    Classic Jewish Deli. We ordered a smoked fish platter for 6 with bagels and bialys! Also tried a knish. I could live here!
  • Sergio G.heart icon on user image
    Sergio GalzeranoJuly 23, 2017
    Salmon is amazing, especially the kippered. Bagels were good, but still absolut bagels is the winner. The decor is fabulous.
  • Sei
    SeiFebruary 19, 2017
    Anne platter between 4 people is more than enough food. Salmon and sturgeon were my favorite 🏆
  • Emanuele S.heart icon on user image
    Emanuele SerenelliJune 6, 2018
    Herring plate, pastrami russ and super heebster bagel toast
  • Wesley V.heart icon on user image
    Wesley VerhoeveJune 3, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Bartender Dimitri and hostess Zoe are wonderful and great at their job. Get to hot/cold smoked salmon and the super heeb
  • Michaelheart icon on user image
    MichaelMay 10, 2016
    unique egg cream and delicious eggs benny, if you can get a table! buzzing diner vibe
  • Ninaheart icon on user image
    NinaJune 14, 2014
    If you need to convince someone to convert to Judaism, just take them here. Babka french toast. Latke Lower Sunny Side.
  • Robert L.heart icon on user image
    Robert LangerFebruary 12, 2018
    Long wait for brunch. The latkes are amazing. The lox spread is pretty good too.
  • Mark K.heart icon on user image
    Mark KupasrimonkolJuly 14, 2015
    I could eat their menus the typography is so good. Classy breakfast spot, great alternative to their other location.
  • Lisa R.heart icon on user image
    Lisa RayleJanuary 5, 2016
    Wow, so good! Try the herring trio and halva ice cream.
  • Paula B.
    Paula BuzzoJune 3, 2018
    The Classic Board is really good!! As sweets ask for blintzes.
  • Jess H.heart icon on user image
    Jess HueyApril 24, 2016
    Cute cafe! Try the super heebster, lower sunny side up, and the classic!
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