Russ & Daughter’s in the Lower East Side

The above photo is from Greenwich Village Daily Photo


Ok so you moved to New York from ________ and back there you really didn’t know a lot of Jewish people.  Sure you went to that Rubinstein kid’s bar mitzvah in 7th grade, but other than him and a couple Chinese kids, your home town was as WASPy as it gets.  Now you’re in NY dating a Jew, you’re about to meet his/her parents for the first time and you wanna make a good impression.  That’s where Russ & Daughter’s comes in.  Open since 1914 and having been run by four generations of the Russ Family, this is as old school New York Jew as it gets.  Here’s a tip from a fucking Jew (me) to someone who’s fucking a Jew (you); buy your possible future in-laws some of R&D’s famous bagels and get some lox, herring, and cream cheese (tofu cream cheese if they’re vegan) to go along with them.  As long as you don’t say, “I hear this is what you people eat,” you should be golden.

Russ & Daughter’s Bagels
179 E Houston @ Orchard St.

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Broke-Ass Stuart - Editor In Cheap

I've been called "an Underground legend": SF Chronicle , "an SF cult hero": SF Bay Guardian, and "the chief of cheap": Time Out New York, but to those familiar with my work, I'm just "that douchebag who writes books about cheap stuff and drinks a lot".
  • kitty

    but stuart–this place is sooo expensive. the lox are cost prohibitive. i enjoyed going in there and looking but i couldnt afford

  • http://brokeassstuart.com Broke-Ass Stuart – Editor In Cheap

    Hey Kitty-

    It’s actually an excerpt from my book and the main reason I included it is that it’s a taste of old school New York. The way the city (and particularly the LES) used to be before it became the hyper expensive place it is now. But yeah, it is expensive, but it’s great if you’re veggie. they have tofu spreads :)