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Russ & Daughter’s in the Lower East Side

Updated: Aug 19, 2009 16:41
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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, 'œI hear this is what you people eat,' you should be golden.

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

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Stuart Schuffman, aka Broke-Ass Stuart, is a travel writer, poet, TV host, activist, and general shit-stirrer. His website is one of the most influential arts & culture sites in the San Francisco Bay Area and his freelance writing has been featured in Lonely Planet, Conde Nast Traveler, The Bold Italic, and too many other outlets to remember. His weekly column, Broke-Ass City, appears every other Thursday in the San Francisco Examiner. Stuart’s writing has been translated into four languages. In 2011 Stuart created and hosted the travel show Young, Broke, and Beautiful on IFC and in 2015 he ran for Mayor of San Francisco and got nearly 20k votes.

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  1. kitty
    August 21, 2009 at 10:20 am

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

    • Broke-Ass Stuart - Editor In Cheap
      August 21, 2009 at 10:41 am

      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 🙂