Russ & Daughters Café

Russ & Daughters Café

Café, Breakfast Spot, and Jewish Restaurant$$$$
Lower East Side, New York
  • The smoked salmon at Russ & Daughters Café is a can't miss
  • Brand N.
    "Don't miss the super heebster toast or the pickled herring trio."(11 Tips)
    Deborah A.
    "Get the classic lox on an everything bagel."(27 Tips)
    Jean T.
    "super heebster and MUST try Babka ice cream sandwich"(13 Tips)
    Rafi R.
    "... shtetl plate, potato latkes, eggs Benny, and the first item on the..."(7 Tips)
232 Tips and reviews
  • bagels
  • authentic
  • lively
  • super heebster
  • trendy
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  • Peter H.
    Peter Haasz2 weeks ago
    Sharing platters!
  • Karen
    Karen2 weeks ago
    Overpriced dishes that were not worth it. The service was okay, but the hostess looked peeved when my friend and I wanted a booth instead of the awkward table placed next to a wall.
  • Roger R.
    Roger R3 weeks ago
    Bagels are excellent...but they only do fish. Don't ask for eggs or the other breakfast staples.
  • armand g.
    The classic!
  • Sergey S.
    $18 for Eggs Benny is highway robbery but it was delicious so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • Jose F.
    Tourist trap. Go spend your time somewhere else.
  • Maweł P.
    Amazing food. Great herrings! Lot's of crowd, be prepared for at least 30 mins wait.
  • Katerina
    The Chowder soup is so tasty!
  • Martin
    MartinApril 29
    Mixed Greens w/ Capers, Dill, Breakfast Radishes, and Pickled Herring
  • Sam G.
    Sam GilApril 14
    Better spot if alone. I had no wait, often free bar stool. Lox is awesome. Bagel is solid but better around.
  • Debb
    DebbApril 5
    If you like kosher style and Jewish food, this is the place if you are near by. (Warning: It's not kosher!)
  • Mike B.
    Mike BergerMarch 17
    super heebster and eggs Benny with the babka French toast, all perfect
  • Neena B.
    I got the Shtetl board and caraway Bloody Mary, both were amazing! Great atmosphere for brunch... worth the hour-long wait! Especially since they text when your table is coming available
  • Rodrigo G.
    Some people think this place is overrated but it is not. It was worth the 1+ hour wait. The classic platter with lox is excellent. Strong and tasty Bloody Mary. Love the old-fashioned interior.
  • Mullica Z.
    Mullica ZudsiriFebruary 21
    The wait was long but worth it. We got the Anne platter and it was more than enough for four of us.
  • S v.
    S van WinkleFebruary 19
    Anne platter between 4 people is more than enough food. Salmon and sturgeon were my favorite 🏆
  • Ababil A.
    Ababil AnwarJanuary 13
    Loved it!! New fav. I just got the classic board and I was full. It's was $17.35 with tax.
  • Chris M.
    Chris MallalueJanuary 11
    Amazing Bagel!
  • Kim P.
    Kim PhạmJanuary 6
    The Lower Sunny Side is the perfect hungover brunch. The latkes are lovely.
  • eifeh s.
    eifeh sJanuary 5
    Very busy, but very delicious. Classic board with lox is great. Try the babka french toast for something sweet. Good coffee. Great bloody mary. The wait will be long, but definitely worth a go.
  • Alison B.
    Alison Byrne FieldsJanuary 1
    Been here 10+ times
    Great cocktails, particularly Schmoozer and Heads & Tails
  • Anissa
    AnissaDecember 31, 2016
    Be prepared for a 2.5 hour brunch wait! Want to skip the line? Come right before 10am to make first seating and get the latkes!
  • Celia Z.
    Celia ZarateDecember 24, 2016
    Everything is good ❣
  • Tom R.
    Tom RogersDecember 23, 2016
    Lower sunny side up 👌👌👌
  • Amanda H.
    Amanda HuDecember 11, 2016
    Babka French toast and latkes👍
  • Sam K.
    Sam KrasnikNovember 19, 2016
    Really long wait, but great classic Jewish food. Great herring tasting
  • Hano A.
    Hano AOctober 31, 2016
    Literally everything here is amazing. The halvah ice cream is out of this world.
  • Hilary A.
    Hilary AmoreseOctober 7, 2016
    The Babka French toast was amazing!
  • Lindsay F.
    Lindsay FranzoniSeptember 30, 2016
    Cream soda and latkes were so good!
  • Igor W.
    Igor WieczorkowskiSeptember 29, 2016
    Eggs benny + super heebster bagel toast worth every penny!
  • Edna C.
    Edna ChuaSeptember 23, 2016
    The coffee culture in US leaves much to be desired when I was served water when I ordered a flat white... that said, the food was great! Note to self: always check drinks menu first
  • Brian M.
    Brian MasefieldSeptember 20, 2016
    The chopped (whitefish) salad & an iced coffee makes for a great lunch.
  • Ami H.
    Ami H.September 15, 2016
    The dill infused Bloody Mary is a beaut.
  • Iga J.
    Iga JakubikSeptember 12, 2016
    Fantastic! Pastrami Russ was just delicious
  • Jean T.
    Jean TranSeptember 8, 2016
    Yum kippered, latkes, super heebster and MUST try Babka ice cream sandwich
  • Layla A.
    Layla AlotaibiAugust 25, 2016
    Look no further if you want the best bagels
  • Martina E.
    Martina EkmanAugust 6, 2016
    I'm sure the classic platter with lox is delicious, but go out of your comfort zone here. The super heebster bagel toast is incredible. Come before 10 on weekends to skip the line!
  • alexis r.
    alexis romanovJuly 13, 2016
    Soooo Good, could spend hours eating here, but could never afford to eat every delicious dish they serve. Wish it was closer to where I live, I would be there all the time
  • Cheryl O.
    Cheryl OppenheimJuly 13, 2016
    Try everything! You won't regret it. This is my new go-to for a Bloody Mary brunch! Love it!
  • Kate G.
    Kate GerasimovaJuly 10, 2016
    Absolutely delicious food and Bloody Mary, definitely coming back to try blini!
  • Matthew D.
    Matthew DolbowJuly 9, 2016
    Delicious Cobb salad w smoked fish
  • Craig V.
    Craig VillamorJuly 3, 2016
    Standard board, eggs Benny, latkas, EVERYTHING!!
  • Rafi R.
    Rafi RomeroJuly 2, 2016
    everything was delicious: shtetl plate, potato latkes, eggs Benny, and the first item on the seasonal herring specials menu. lower east side cocktail and Aquavit were also good. top with blintzes
  • Emily L.
    Emily LJuly 2, 2016
    free sparkling water
  • Alison B.
    Alison Byrne FieldsJune 21, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Latkes with salmon roe and creme fraiche are amazing.
  • Lea C.
    Lea CeasrineJune 9, 2016
    Every nosh.
  • Michael B.
    Michael BinningJune 6, 2016
    Great music, good ambience, good menu. Lower Sunny Side was excellent. Ginger soda washed it down well. Recommended for a quick brunch/lunch/afternoon bite.
  • Krissy S.
    Krissy SpasevskiMay 26, 2016
    Bagels, halva ice cream
  • Krissy S.
    Krissy SpasevskiMay 26, 2016
    The freshest salmon I've tasted on the freshest bagels. Then followed up by the most delicious halva ice cream. This is a MUST TRY!!
  • Dana L.
    Dana LeeMay 26, 2016
    Great for people who are accustomed to jewish food. Great desserts!
  • Charlotte S.
    Charlotte ScarfMay 20, 2016
    Love the interior and the cherry shrub was sensational, esp with a good swig of vodka! Latkas and herring also hit the spot.
  • Eric A.
    Eric AufrichtMay 14, 2016
    Toasted Challah and latkes are delicious
  • Michael
    MichaelMay 10, 2016
    unique egg cream and delicious eggs benny, if you can get a table! buzzing diner vibe
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneMay 10, 2016
    Smoked salmon platter can be shared. Crispy potato latkes with apple sauce. Sadly dry chocolate babka French toast.
  • Louise M.
    Louise MackeyApril 26, 2016
    Awesome breakfast
  • Jess H.
    Jess HueyApril 24, 2016
    Cute cafe! Try the super heebster, lower sunny side up, and the classic!
  • Jasmin Y.
    Jasmin YayaApril 19, 2016
    Eggs Benny, potato latkes and halva ice cream. We sat at the bar and tve service was wonderful!
  • Jo R.
    Jo RasheedApril 15, 2016
    Bagels 👌🏽
  • Lauren B.
    Lauren BastianApril 14, 2016
    Borscht is so good
  • Becca B.
    Becca BaeApril 12, 2016
    Go during the week to avoid a long wait and with a group so you can try a bit of everything. Yom Kippered sandwich board is the star!
  • Maca M.
    Maca MakaApril 7, 2016
    potato latkes,shtetl and chopped liver
  • Eater
    EaterApril 6, 2016
    Head to this all-day cafe from the team behind century-old appetizing shop Russ & Daughters for smoked fish platters, caviar, blintzes, borscht, scrambled eggs with lox, and latkes with salmon roe. Read more
  • Noah W.
    Noah WeissMarch 20, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Make an ideal platter for two with two classic spreads, but ask for the pastrami lox and the (deliciously fatty) Scottish salmon. $32 is a steal for this feast.
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • Amy R.
    Amy RobertsonMarch 17, 2016
    Cool atmosphere and absolutely fabulous pickled herring (which doesn't taste like a pickle!)
  • Conrad Hotels & Resorts
    Order classic New York dishes at the landmark café that perfected them. Read more
  • Alyssa B.
    Alyssa BereznakMarch 3, 2016
    a necessary place to eat. get the herring sampler.
  • Elie H.
    Elie HirschfeldMarch 2, 2016
    Love this place!
  • Jonathan P.
    Jonathan PevarnekFebruary 10, 2016
    Excellent bagel with lox and matzo ball soup, the chopped liver has to have been some of the best I've had
  • Gideon O.
    Gideon OlshanskyFebruary 10, 2016
    Lox. Smoked herring. Latke.
  • Lisa R.
    Lisa RayleJanuary 5, 2016
    Wow, so good! Try the herring trio and halva ice cream.
  • Yera H.
    Yera HaJanuary 2, 2016
    I've honestly never been huge on lox until I came here. Get the eggs benny with a bagel on the side. Don't skip the egg cream and Bloody Mary, either. Also, the coffee is incredible. What a place!
  • Yasmine S.
    Yasmine SalahJanuary 2, 2016
    Eggs, salmon, bagels
  • Phil N.
    Phil NomDecember 27, 2015
    My favourite cafe: malt egg creme, herring trio, bagels, soup, I'm in heaven
  • Allen M.
    Allen MacasaetDecember 25, 2015
    Best pancakes I've ever had! Their maple syrup is fantastic.
  • Curtis S.
    Curtis ShoungDecember 22, 2015
    Platter for the table and try a few types of smoked fish deliciousness.
  • Alicia D.
    Alicia DDecember 6, 2015
    the classic board with everything bagel, matzo ball soup, and noodle kugel 👌🏼
  • JH N.
    JH NYCDecember 3, 2015
    If you like sweets, try the bobka French toast. Cold borscht soup is really good. Chicken matzoh ball is hearty. Potato latkes are too thick to be hot inside. We tried Russ once, may not come back...
  • Noah W.
    Noah WeissNovember 28, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    This is Jewish brunch heaven. Just get there early if you don't want a long wait. Super Hebster -- whitefish salad, salmon, wasabi infused roe on bagel toast -- and the Lower Sunny Side (pictured).
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • Florencia 🦄 H.
    Florencia 🦄 HorowitzNovember 27, 2015
    Nice ambience. Amazing food. 10 pts
  • Florencia 🦄 H.
    Florencia 🦄 HorowitzNovember 27, 2015
  • Daman
    DamanNovember 22, 2015
    Fish and brunch
  • Lily F.
    Lily FNovember 10, 2015
    Whitefish salad, latkas with roe, specialty drinks. Can't go wrong here. Also has a beautiful interior!
  • naveen
    naveenNovember 4, 2015
    i am in love with the throwback design of this place (take a look at their bags: the original phone number!). still a fan of the Super Heebster, the halvah ice cream, the latkes.
  • Christine L.
    Christine LeeOctober 26, 2015
    Smoked salmon your heart out.
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhOctober 24, 2015
    Get their coffee soda & their blintzes if you have a sweet tooth. Everyone raves about their smoked salmon so get it!!!
  • Tara D.
    Tara DeVincenzoOctober 19, 2015
    lox, eggs, and onions comes out as an omelette. if you want the full slice of salmon flesh, get the lower sunny side. potato latkes are killer.
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchOctober 15, 2015
    The Bitches say: B+. Russ & Daughters Cafe is a family-oriented, neighborhood restaurant. This is the perfect spot to take out-of-towners or homesick friends missing their Bubbie’s homemade meals. Read more
  • chin1ta
    chin1taOctober 13, 2015
    beautiful space and impeccable food, though the portions are on the small size.
  • Ram C.
    Ram CherizliOctober 11, 2015
    Fellow Hebrews can definitely feel at home
  • Ram C.
    Ram CherizliOctober 11, 2015
    Food is good although expensive. The line can be frustrating, on weekends you can wait up to 45 min.
  • Jason B.
    Jason BrewOctober 10, 2015
    Trendy but authentic Jewish specialities and a fun atmosphere. Get a chocolate egg cream and try the lower sunny side up
  • Lauryn G.
    Lauryn GoldbergOctober 8, 2015
    The blintzes and kugel are legit. Don't tell my grandmother.
  • Deborah A.
    Deborah Au-YeungOctober 4, 2015
    Hackle back caviar and blinis, get them. Bloody Marys - I had one with caraway and another one with fenugreek. Get the classic lox on an everything bagel. Finish with challah bread pudding. Holla!
  • Amanda M.
    Amanda MillerOctober 3, 2015
    Lox and Latkas - what more do you want in a breakfast?
  • Mariya D.
    Mariya D.October 2, 2015
    Where else do you find a soda jerk making cream soda these days? The coffee soda is especially refreshing.
  • Harrison J.
    Harrison JohnsonSeptember 26, 2015
    Breakfast martini, the classic, pastrami Russ, knishes, stetl
  • Margarita K.
    Margarita KrupSeptember 21, 2015
    The best smoked sturgeon I have ever had! A must try place. Also try the borsch and the shrubs drinks.
  • Roniel T.
    Roniel TesslerSeptember 19, 2015
    The only downside to this place is the wait time. Get there early or be forced to walk around for an hour and half until they call you.
  • Roniel T.
    Roniel TesslerSeptember 19, 2015
    This place is very special. Decor is superb. Food is excellent. And don't think about leaving without getting the bread pudding!
  • Joe R.
    Joe RizkAugust 29, 2015
    Latkes were excellent. The chocolate egg cream good too.
    Upvoted May 11
  • paola w.
    paola wolterMarch 21
    Increible el clasico bagel con salmon ahumado!!!
  • Sara F.
    Sara FelixDecember 24, 2016
    Están deliciosos los huevos benny con salmón! el mejor desayuno que tuve en new york, me encantó!
  • Iñaki A.
    Iñaki AlgañarasJanuary 22, 2016
    La tienda con el mejor salmón de NYC ahora tiene un Café para sentarse y disfrutar.
  • Gebrueder S.
    Gebrueder StitchOctober 9, 2015
    Salmon pastrami, der absolute waaaaahhhhnsinnn!! Ohne scheiss meine kulinarische sensation des jahres! selten sowas geiles gegessen...
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