Before I left NYC, I was desperate to try the new Russ & Daughters Cafe on the Lower East Side. It’s a café by the people behind the Russ & Daughter’s Jewish Deli, a New York Institution. So, one morning, I dragged my friend who was visiting from Boston. Unfortunately, I did not do my usual research (I’d read so many good things online, in print and on social media!) and turns out, almost everything on the menu is seafood. I don’t like seafood and my friend is not an adventurous eater, so we were in for quite the experience.
My friend played it safe with the French toast, which he said was good, but for $10 I thought the portion should have been more generous.
I first ordered a coffee, which was wonderfully flavorful, and potato latkes. They were super crispy, which I loved, and delicious with the accompanying sour cream and apple sauce. I also had a caraway (which I unfortunately confused with cumin) bloody Mary, which was super strong (in herbaceous-ness, not alcohol content). I was not a fan but caraway lovers would be!
I also had the borscht, served chilled with beets, sour cream, dill and pumpernickel. It was thicker than other borscht I’ve had, and that made it more substantial, and enjoyable. I really enjoyed both food items I ordered, despite avoiding all things fishy! The decor and ambiance were also wonderful. It wouldn’t be on the top of my list of places to return to, but I recommend seafood fans check it out.
Russ & Daughters Cafe
Location: 127 Orchard St New York, NY 10002 Phone: (212) 555-1212