After more than a century of operating solely in the LES, Russ and Daughters has opened a brand new location on the bottom floor of the Jewish Museum.
Upon entering, you encounter a mix of waiters, a pair of friendly hostesses and an understandably busy back of house staff hustling to reduce the 45min ticket times.
To achieve an updated appearance, owners Niki Russ Federman and Josh Russ Tupper tasked architect Galia Solomonoff to design the new space. Aligning with the opulent aesthetic customary of the surrounding Upper East Side high rises, the restaurant features an array of soft white lighting fixtures reflecting off a combination of metallic and bronze accents.
If you’re willing to undergo the 30min+ wait, a full service dining area is available, seating roughly 65 customers. A seamless transition into this portion of the restaurant is equipped with marble-top tables, beige and black seating, and a flawless hand-drawn mural from artist Maira Kalman gracing the walls.
In the event that you’re not looking to indulge in a sit down meal, they also offer a top notch appetizing counter for quick to-go orders.
A few menu highlights include items such as egg creams, vegetarian chopped liver, knishes, pastries baked on-location, shakshouka, pickled herring, their famous lox and much more.
Although the location is slightly out of the way, if you’re looking to experience one of the best Jewish eateries in NYC, Russ & Daughters at the Jewish Museum is well worth the trip.
Words by Colin Hardaway @hardawayallday