Bagels & lox under the tree? A snack to sneak into the movie theater? Russ & Daughters is open today — Saturday, December 25 — from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Russ & Daughters has holiday hours this week!
Wednesday, December 22 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Thursday, December 23 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Friday, December 24 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday, December 25 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, December 26 Sunday 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
Monday, December 27 – Thursday, December 30 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Friday, December 31 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday, January 1 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, January 2 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
Monday, January 3 CLOSED
Tuesday, January 4 Return to regular business hours
Russ & Daughters Chanukah menu. Latkes, toppings for latkes, holiday sweets, gift packages for delivery in NYC and shipping nationwide.
Russ & Daughters’ potato latkes topped with creme fraiche and wild Alaskan salmon roe.
Speaking of latkes, read Melissa Clark’s great story about latkes and toppings in The New York Times: “Small Latkes, Large Toppings.”
Today Russ & Daughters will be closing early at 5:30 p.m. for a very special celebration. We will be honoring Herman Vargas on the occasion of his 30 years at Russ & Daughters. Herman started in the store as a 17-year-old peeling onions in the kitchen, and over the years has gone on to become the store’s long-standing manager, right hand man to three generations of the Russ family, friend and go-to-guy for countless customers, and he was immortalized as "Herman the Artistic Slicer" in Calvin Trillin's book, Tepper Isn’t Going Out. Russ & Daughters would not be what it is today without Herman.
We wish we could invite everyone to tonight’s event. Look for photos and recaps on the blog soon!
Count Down to Pickle Day: Russ & Daughters Pickled Herring with Curry, Medjool Dates and Roasted Cashews
Each day this week, leading up to Pickle Day, we’re featuring different Russ & Daughters pickled products here on the blog. (And then we’ll be serving our Beet & Lemon Shrub at the Pickle Day festival on Sunday, October 17.)
Today: Pickled Herring with Curry, Medjool dates and Roasted Cashews. Sweet and spice meet in this twist on pickled herring: above, a photo of a dish we created for the Russ & Daughters Herring Pairing. Our own pickled herring is served with a sauce of curry powder, lemon, sour cream, buttermilk, and pepper. It’s great on its own, and known as Curried Herring in the shop, but for a real treat, serve the Curried Herring with medjool dates and roasted cashews. It’s a meeting of both Russ & Daughters counters - Curried Herring from the fish counter and Medjool dates and cashews from the sweets side of the shop.
Sloane Crosley started off a new web Op-Ed column ("Townies, a series about life in New York written by the novelists, journalists and essayists who live there, appears every Thursday. October’s columnist is Sloane Crosley, the author of How Did You Get This Number.") on The New York Times' “Opinionator” page with “New York Is Yours for the Taking.”
In the inaugural piece, Crosley talks of the ways in which we (New Yorkers) often attempt to redefine quaintness and civility in order to rationalize trust and other acts of reason (a rebranding of small/silly gestures as “Very New York”) in ways that allow us to go about our business amid city busy-ness and close proximity to strangers on a daily basis.
And she points out a particular New York tendency to “love pretending we live in a very big small town.” She says, "It’s a solid city that would prefer to slice itself apart as thinly as possible. Think of Russ & Daughters’ lox. Thinner."
Go read Sloane’s whole piece. But watch your purse.
Sunday, October 17 is the 10th annual “International Pickle Day” - a celebration of the rich food history and pickling traditions of the Lower East Side. Russ & Daughters will be there, and we hope that you’ll stop by our table at the festival to say “hello.”
At the festival, Russ & Daughters will serve one of our newest pickled products: the Beet & Lemon Shrub. But, since we’re always pretty excited about all-things-pickling, we’ll feature a few different pickled items on the blog all week.
First up, Pickled Lox. Pickled lox is an appetizing classic. We cure wild salmon, using a century-old Russ family recipe. When you order Pickled Lox, at the counter, we cut the fish into cubes for your convenience, and then we add your choice of either plain sauce/brine and pickled onions (pictured above) or our fresh cream sauce (sour cream and buttermilk) and pickled onions. Whichever sauce you choose, this succulent pickled fish is fantastic with a dark rye or pumpernickel bread or bagel, or on top of a salad, or, really, all on its own.
Russ & Daughters is open today. Regular business hours: 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
From Publishers Marketplace:
Lars Douggllassen’s THE GIRL WITH THE STURGEON TATTOO, in which somebody is strangling female reindeer and leaving their bodies in central Stockholm; a computer hacker and Pi memorizer must track down the killer in this humorous parody of the international bestselling Swedish thrillers by Steig Larsson; featuring herring-eating professors, killer Nazis, Ikea assembly massacres, the Ericsson Xperia X10 smartphone, unpronounceable Swedish locations and way too much coffee, to Marc Resnick at St. Martin’s, by Dan Greenberg at Levine Greenberg Literary Agency (World). Foreign: firstname.lastname@example.org
I mean obviously this was gonna happen, and I’m particularly intrigued by the “Ikea assembly massacres” (actually a horror film set in an Ikea would be kinda great—people getting crushed by Billy bookcases, etc.) but Sturgeon Tattoo makes me think of the Weird Al song “Like a Surgeon,” because I always thought it would be funnier if it were “Like a Sturgeon” because what WOULD a sturgeon do?!
The book looks insane. But, your edit of that song works for us.
winesburgohio wrote on her own blog:
"lunch today: russ&daughters snack plate. smoked, double-aged gouda, smoked, peppered mackerel, almonds, raisins, figs, crackers and — to top it off! —an apple from fred’s orchard. ahhhhh!”
Photo and text from winesburgohio.
“So, a modest proposal: Knightley told me she’d developed a love of New York while filming Last Night, that she still thinks about the bagels and lox she’d get at Russ and Daughters, the Lower East Side smoked fish emporium she deems ‘amazing.’ So, Keira, consider this a formal invitation to move to New York, a town where Brits can easily locate home comforts such as Marmite, HP Sauce, and even warm beer. New Yorkers won’t accost you; they’ll pretend to not even know who you are.”
Give a taste of New York with the city’s best bagels and lox. Any New Yorker (current or former) or food lover will go wild for this mouth-watering spread: New York’s finest Nova, all natural cream cheese, hand-rolled bagels, chocolate babka and our Private Blend coffee with a Russ & Daughters mug. Wrapped in a signature tote. Perfect for a gift or a gathering of up to 6 people.