Skip to comments.Mark Russ Federman and Family Carry on Delicious Tradition at Russ & Daughters
Posted on 05/15/2013 12:53:10 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Russ & Daughters on New Yorks Lower East Side belongs on every gourmands list of essential destinations.
Its fresh bagels with homemade cream cheese and razor thin smoked salmon are quite literally from another world. For 100 years, this culinary and cultural institution has been doing it all from scratch, sourcing the worlds best fish and using all-natural ingredients.
It all began with Joel Russ, who emigrated from Eastern Europe in 1907. Grandpa Russ was part of a stream of a million and half Jews who fled the region between 1880 and 1923 who ended up in Manhattans Lower East Side. Russ started out selling herring from a pushcart. At five cents apiece, the fish were a cheap and popular source of protein for the immigrants living in overcrowded tenements.
A few years later, when Russ had saved enough money, he opened his appetizing store. The word appetizing is used here as a noun that refers to the prepared foods that can be found at Jewish gatherings from funerals to Bar Mitzvahs.
Whatever you do, dont call Russ & Daughters a deli. There is no meat sold there, said former owner Mark Russ Federman.
Because of Jewish dietary laws, dairy and meat products could not be mixed on the plate and generally not in the same store, he said.
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Since you asked so nicely...
They are imported from Venus or Mars? I am not sure the Moon would qualify but I would accept it.
Yet another example of how far "journalism" has fallen.
You’re so nice, Nick! When I was a young goyishe girl swanning around NY, I thought it sold appetizers - you know, celery with cream cheese, onion dip, etc. Had to be set straight by my college pals!
...meaning, you’ve never been to Russ & Daughters.
I thought the Lowe East Side is another world.
>>.meaning, youve never been to Russ & Daughters.<<
No, but unless you need a spaceship to get there it can’t be be literally” on another world.
Literally means “in reality.” Like so many other words, it has slipped — in this case to mean “emphatically.” Of course, there is no substitute word so we have lost the meaning of “literally” forever.
There is no excuse for the dumbing down of the language, especially by those who get paid to wield it.
It’s a vibrant neighborhood, no doubt, but almost $6,000 for an apartment? You have the great Film Forum several blocks west.
Just thought of another place down there that may still be open: Sammy’s Rumanian steakhouse. Wonderful food.
Not only a Nazi but a big bore, too!
I see. Obviously you mean: "Not only a Nazi but a delightful wonderful guy I wish was my next door neighbor so I could spend all my time in his enchanted company, too!"
They are only words.
The misuse of the word “literally” makes me want to literally slap people upside the head.
Worth a try. There is literally no shortage of good, authentic bagels in New York though, outsiders might have literally guessed.