A 100 Years is a Long Time to Wait in Line

IMG_2462Russ and Daughters has the best selection of smoked fish, caviar, pickled herring , cream cheese, bagels and specialty foods in NYC and they have been selling these delicious goodies from the same store for 100 years.  Just another reason I love living on the Lower East Side of Manhattan so much. IMG_2465I walk by their iconic store front almost daily (The Essex Street Market is a few blocks away and Whole Foods Bowery is just up the street).  Like most things that are in your neighborhood and that you see regularly, especially the ones that have been there forever, you can easily start to take them for granted.  A few days ago I notice the “100 Year” window and stopped to peek in.  

The unintentional selfie below was me trying to get a close up picture of the announcement in the window, the BIG news: after a 100 years of counter service, mail order and often long lines (the days before New Years Oy vey iz mir is it packed!) they are opening up a cafe!!!!!!IMG_2463And the really good news is that it is just down the street (even closer to our apartment, not that I want to gloat or anything, as I imagine the cafe will be just as popular as the store!).  Here is a sneak peek at the cafe in progress at 23 Orchard just north of Delancey.IMG_2466Can’t wait and you know I will keep you posted!

Can’t wait to have my first Super Heebster sitting down!


About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note: urbanfoodguy@gmail.com
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  1. Pingback: Russ and Daughter’s Cafe is Open! | Urbanfoodguy

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